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Hi all,
I am starting to consider better options for my car collection. ( paranoia is setting in


I have a few slot car kits in really nice condition but realise how sensitive they can be to environmental elements etc..

I notice a few collectors removing the rubber wheels as they can cause discolouring on plastic chassis.

Aspects such as:

Environment:

Is a smaller space recommended, perhaps they should be stored away in a cupboard as opposed to simply sitting in an open room.
I realise the number one threat would most probably be moisture & then light .. yes ?

How about CORROSION:
preventing magnesium / alloy / metals turning to powder.
Dissimilar metal corrosion is a potential threat eg. two metals of different compounds in contact cause corrosion.
Do the magnets in a motor require special attention ? I have several cars eg. Bentley with what looks to me as an old motor should I even attempt turning it ?

STORAGE :
Physical storage techniques. Stacking, If I have two kits stacked a top one another.. can the cardboard stick to each other.. eg. the print from one box blend with the other.
use of plastic bags to prevent moisture .. is this recommended ? can the plastic react to foreign materials etc... or time given cause a chemical reaction.
ACCESS:
One does not want to lock the cars away without having easy access.. what is a collection if one is unable to easily view it easily. My PRECIOUS...

MAINTENANCE: Perhaps a kit or car should be wiped with a clean dry clothe once a year or so ? turning the wheels.. is this recommended ?

I'll admit, I almost lost several kits a month ago after the bathroom located next door to where I have a few kits stored leaked .. water found its way through the wall and the cardboard box I have three kits sitting in was damp !!! just the bottom corner.. the kits just narrowly escaped damage.. but gee it sure has me on edge now.

So I'm really interested in what methods fellow collectors adopt? I'm sure their have been a few horror stories emerge over the years regarding bad storage techniques?
 

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Oh yeah, good point regarding track pieces. I'm sure there's many posts that confirm the fact rails should be lightly oiled. I used WD40 & then simply stacked them in a cardboard box until I move into a house with a decent garage or loft. Now I live aboard a boat of all things.. not the best place for storage considering space & moisture...

I never considered taking the Bentley for a run around a track... I know the motor rotates fine, hhmm... maybe tomorrow night I'll take it for a spin.

Any particular method I should use when removing an old sticker from a car. I have an old Classic Stinger that's got a few renegade stickers across it. I tried testing it with a finger nail.. but it looks well & truly stuck. It has a gloss film over it.. perhaps it's been subjected to a little gloss nail polish or something.

The box that came with the car has a child's name scribbled lightly on the lid ... any tips on removing it... or would I be taking a big gamble wiping it down with spirits or a damp cloth ?
 

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(Merit) SILVER FISH !!! never thought of them eating away my car though .. I'm guessing spiders dine on silver fish ? Talc is a good idea.. I'll rub some on the tyres.

(Coides) A simple shoe box sounds quite reasonable as the cardboard would also help suck up moist air.
 
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