Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

mould lines on hoses

11 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    February, 2011
mould lines on hoses
Posted by 40kminis on Saturday, January 12, 2019 6:29 PM

Looking for any recommendations on the best way to remove mould lines from ribbed plastic hose without damaging the ribbed details on the hose?



  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Saturday, January 12, 2019 6:37 PM

Solid styrene or something flexible like vinyl? 

If it's styrene then slow and patient scraping and sanding. There are no shortcuts.

If it's vinyl, then you're pretty much out of luck.

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Saturday, January 12, 2019 6:38 PM
Brand new #11 blade slow and careful then rescribe any lost detail.


  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, January 12, 2019 6:42 PM

It is a pain, just takes patience. It pretty much takes what you would think.

A good set of small needle files is useful too.

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, January 12, 2019 7:13 PM

A good set of small needle files is useful too.

My first thought was needle files. I have this set from MicroMark and were it me, I'd reach for the kit and find a file that matched the contour of the ribs.

These are small files, about 5" long, 1/8" stem. Good luck with your hoses.


  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, January 13, 2019 3:27 AM

Make hoses from wire wrapped around a mandrel of suitable diameter.  Saves you the aggravation of micro-filing.

  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Sunday, January 13, 2019 5:10 AM
I take the easy way out and use wound guitar strings, they're cheap and come in many diameters.






 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, January 13, 2019 1:57 PM

Ditto on the guitar strings. Find a place that gives lessons. They usualy have strings in the trash can that they'll give you for nothing. That's how I get mine.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    August, 2013
  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 3:23 PM

Late to the party but you might try dabbing Tamiya or Testors brand liquid cement on the ribs. 

The LC works by dissolving plastic so it might make the ridge flatten down. 

Disclaimer: this is only an idea, I’ve not actually tried it on this particular problem yet. Proceed with caution. 

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 6:00 PM

Disclaimer: this is only an idea, I’ve not actually tried it on this particular problem yet. Proceed with caution.

I actually have done it, numerous times. Works even better with a light brushing with an old toothbrush or soft-brass-bristles brush parallel with the corrugations. Like anything else, it's sort of a developed knack; practice on a non-critical part first.


 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Saturday, February 09, 2019 11:51 AM

I second the suggestion to replace them if possible with hoses made of wire.

This is an issue with Maschinen Krieger kits-it's a sci-fi genre featuring armored fighting suits.  Most of them have hoses in various places, and the kit-supplied hoses are in a soft plastic.  MaK modelers replace them with guitar strings, as noted in other posts; with fine springs; or by using wire or solder as a core and wrapping it with fine wire.  I use that technique.  I use wire solder, which is pliable enough to bend to shape, but will hold the shape I give it.  I wrap this with fine wire sold for beading crafts.  I can use my usual primer and paints on these hoses.


The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.



  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Saturday, February 09, 2019 12:51 PM

I'm another for guitar strings. Having 9 guitars and a bass...I have no shortage of old strings in all sizes.


Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.


By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.