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Need To Clean My Rails Again

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Soon after I got back into slots again I read a suggestion that wiping plastic track with a cloth moistened with WD40 was/is a good way of removing accumulated dust. So I tried it a few times but gave it up because I thought it was the WD40 that had caused the rails to become sticky over time.

Then I read that cheap baby wipes are a good idea, so I dismantled the track, wiped each piece, cleaned the rails with a rubber and blew the debris off with airbrush propellent. At this point, all my cars got new braids before going back on the track. I only wiped the track infrequently, but after only about 4 months the rails are dirty/sticky again and I'm looking at having to go through the cleaning process again on 100+ pieces of track.

I suppose that I could get some of this wonderful Inox stuff I've read about to wipe on the rails to keep them cleaner longer (once I've cleaned them yet again), but I'd have to get it shipped from Australia which is hassle, not to mention potentially expensive. I'll have to replace the braids on 40-odd cars again as well.

What methods do others use for removing dust from plastic track? Is it the stuff I've been using that's causing the sticky rails, or am I missing something else? When it first happened, I thought it could be thrown-off toothpaste I'd used to mesh gears, but I stopped doing that before I last cleaned the track.

Any advice/thoughts gratefully read.

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hoover it with the brushes down, damp cloth over the track and then use inox for the rails. iddiscounts have reduced the inox but it still a dear way of buying it. i make my own, £14 for 2 pints of it, pm me if your interested its dead simple. john
rico rocket, only just picked up on the thread again. but the way i make mine is pure lanolin and mineral oil and hot water to dunk the jar of mixture in while you mix it it, helps to soften the lanolin and hold it in suspension in the oil. the pure lanolin is a nipple cream in a tube called lansinoh. its enough for 5 pints of oil, the cheapest mineral motor oil you can buy. i used mx3 inox on one rail and mine on the other after a year of running there was no difference between the lanes, no corrosion and great electrical contact. so you pay your money and take your choice. a few guys have pmd me about it and they all raved about it after mixing it and trying it. i doudt its the exact same formula as inox but close enough with the main ingrediants john
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