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As title says "How to make old slot track look like new."

What products can one use to revive aging or faded plastic tracks.

For example, the 4th one is new or hardly used, the 3 left ones dont look as crisp anymore.

 

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Black instant shoe shine will do it
 

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Hi,

Wynn's make a product known in South Africa as "Bring back the Black". Actually meant for car vinly.Works well but expensive.

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Bryan
 

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"Foamclense" as sold in computer shops. Buff for a shiny finish, wipe slowly for a dull finish. Good stuff.

The harder method is a nail brush and some very warm water and dish washing liquid. Make sure to dry properly before storage/use. It really does come up well.
 

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Hmmm, I wonder if this has been thought through?

Back to black or trim wax would be great - but only if you wanted to simulate black ice!

Have you felt how slippery your dashboard is after using it? That's why they say on the instructions not to use it on your steering wheel


Still, it's a thought. Has anybody built an ice racing track yet? Of course you would need to use "back to white" and I would think the little metal studs in the tyres would soon take the electroplating off the rails.
 

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Hi Snurfen,

Cheers buddy.

Mind you I LIKE the idea of back to black for a rally stage. Seriously - it would make a track really challenging and could be used to simulate a rainy day. I guess you would need to top up the wax on a full on rally day otherwise the later racers would get the grip back!
 

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Slight off topic detour.

That stuff I cleaned my sport track on our last race night seemed to simulate black ice. Whoops.

Pledge or mr sheen is very effective for making it slippery.
 

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Ive used Carplan IIRC trim wax (very sparingly) on classic scaley track and with silicone tryes there was some but no major loss in grip. Simulating ice would be easier to change the tyres than say a whole track surface.
 

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I've used a product on classic scaley track that you use on your 1:1 cars tyres to give them a shine, just spray on and wipe,



and as you can see your 'Back in Black'.

Matt
 

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I did think about editting the post and pointing out that the spray on product was for the plastic track only and not for the rails, 15 mins of elbow grease required for that shine and a little Inox to stop any more rust from coming back. Gees, if I could spray on a tyre shine product and wipe the rust away I'd be finished restoring all the classic track I have by now. No magic here
 

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Wow! I throw track with slight rust! I've used Plebys to get rid of tarnish, but I thought the rails were plated and at the point you got actual rust you couldn't save it. I guess without inox it would rust again in days, but now we have the magic lotion anything is possible


But the black stuff you used - what was it called?
 

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Riko, Aberstone has some very old Classic on his various rally stages, he has got the rails to an excellent shine that doesn't seem to tarnish. The room is well heated and ventilated which no doubt helps a bit, but they really are very good.

when I asked him how he did it, he said it was just a wire brush in a dremmel.

Phil, if you are reading, can you add some more detail? Ta.

And regarding getting inox magic juice on your rails in a controlled manner - two drops on the brushes of any old car and run it round for a few laps. Try not to slide the back end out, as this will just run magic potion across the track surface.

Every few months, I wipe my rails clean with a cloth and reapply (only when they start looking a bit dull).
 

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All I`ve ever done with my old Scaley & Jouef layouts is rub the rails with an oily rag. You should not be worried about tarnishing, it`s natural.
Once or twice a year I`ll clean the plastic with a small amount of WD40. Brings it up lovely.
Never, ever clean the rails on Scalextric track with an abrasive.
Cheers,
Kev.



 

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QUOTE (loosesalute @ 19 Mar 2012, 15:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>All I`ve ever done with my old Scaley & Jouef layouts is rub the rails with an oily rag. You should not be worried about tarnishing, it`s natural.

I agree it's natural, but I always found the conduction was never as good on tarnished track.
 
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