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#1 f1rem0uth

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:02 AM

Can someone please tell me what that stuff is called in the white can that slotcarists use to clean the track, its driving me brain nuts trying to think of it? grump.gif
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:04 AM

Inox ???
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:27 AM

Elbow grease? tongue.gif

Cleaning track or rails?
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:11 AM

Inox MX3 for the rails.

Plebys for the plastic track.
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:15 AM

if its bad. use a fine grade imregnated rubber bock. then use inox or my cheap inox that I make my self. its been on an earlier forum, but if you missed it I,ll post details. John.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:54 PM

QUOTE (X-Speed Racing @ 3 Mar 2012, 07:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Inox ???


Congratulations you are correct of course!, I thought that was what it was called but when I searched for it on eBay - nothing came up, I guess no one had any for sale!, but then I was also thinking Inox was to do with steel washers too that I recently purchased!, so I was was unsure what it was really called.

Thanks for reminding me with the right name, cheers.gif Now where did I put that Golden medal.....

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:56 PM

QUOTE (Ember @ 3 Mar 2012, 07:27) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Elbow grease? tongue.gif

Cleaning track or rails?


Yeh sorry I meant the rails smile.gif

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:46 AM

Ah, it's the myth of Inox again! I wonder how many people have actually tried this stuff. It's nothing special at all in terms of what it does to improve slotcar racing.

Inox does not clean rails. It's a liquid lubricant that is simply an effective slippery clear liquid. If you want to clean track that has tarnished then this will do absolutely nothing.

If your track is simply greasy and dirty then wipe the rails with cigarette lighter fuel and then apply a coat of Inox to keep it clean for a bit longer than usual protectants like WD40. The nice thing about Inox is that it does not attract dirt like other lubricants. Beyond this, Inox does nothing else and can interfere with electrical flow as it is non-conductive.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:49 AM

Each to their own Screwneck. Works for me. And has for the last 2 years. But I've never claimed that it was a cleaner. It is a dressing and protectant. Will protect from oxidation and moisture.
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:27 AM

Exactly Ember. Never used Inox, but it does get rave reviews.
I`ve always just used an oily rag.But I`m stuck in a time warp! tongue.gif
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:53 AM

There have been a few things invented since the 60s Kev. Including, apparently, digital slot cars and magnets. wink.gif
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:38 AM

Get away...you`ll be telling me next there`s colour tv`s! biggrin.gif



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Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:10 PM

TV's? whats that, is it like a wireless?

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:25 PM

Non-conductive is technically accurate. While you might not notice a huge improvement for analog racing after cleaning/treating with INOX, the difference for digital racing is remarkable, and definitely not placebo or the same as other solutions. Clearly, it does help conduction between the rails and the braid, as the digital signal is cleaner and stronger when the rails are treated with INOX. Looking back, I wish I had video of when I first used it, as that would have reduced the debate significantly. Unfortunately, I do not, and my track has never performed as badly as it did when it was "clean" without INOX.

The stuff gets rave reviews because it IS effective and DOES improve performance, especially for digital. Why it helps is to do with metallurgy and chemistry, which is hard for me to understand and even harder for me to explain. Sometimes, though, words are not enough, and one must simply see the effects to admit that it helps. Hopefully those who have not even tried it will at least admit the possibility that so many people are not imagining things, and maybe try it for themselves some day.

Those who are interested, who have not already read it, might consider reading my original post describing what happened when I tried INOX for the first time. This was AFTER I posted about using other cleaners to get clean rails, which I was told time and again was the best way to get good performance. INOX is NOT my idea, by the way, even though I've become "the guy who always raves about INOX" on here and elsewhere. The original idea, I believe, was via BillyCart. Ember also used and recommended it. I wished I had taken their suggestions earlier than I did, but it's been great slotting since then anyway. smile.gif Here's the link to my post... if you've read this far, why not a little more? And for even more fun, check out all the disbelievers and converts that follow in that thread after my post:
http://www.slotforum...?...st&p=525891

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 02:15 PM

F1rem0uth at post #6, Inox IS also related to steel items sometimes. 'Inoxydable' is french for Stainless or 'rustless', so 'inox' is sometimes stamped on stainless steel items made in a French-speaking country or for a French-speaking market,

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