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Need To Clean My Rails Again

2847 Views 38 Replies 14 Participants Last post by  stoner
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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If the braids were running on a perfectly smooth and clean surface they wouldn't wear out or should I say they would last a lot longer, the weakest link with any plastic track is the "Joints". This is what wears out the braids, this is what gives you continuity problems.

I have tried "all" the lubricants oils etc but the result is always going to be the same in the end, these methods are only temporary. I would never recommend WD40 it eventually congeals and leaves a horrible sticky mess on your rails.

I've spoken to Scalextric and their recommendation for cleaning tracks is a simple wipe over with a warm damp cloth.

As far as I'm concerned there is only one solution:

"copper tape"

your continuity problems will be solved, your braid will last much longer, the track will run much quieter, as far as I'm concerned even for semi permanent tracks this is the answer. All your cleaning woes gone, just a light dust every now and then, the more you use it the cleaner it stays.
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QUOTE (injectorman @ 6 Jun 2012, 13:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Copper tape is good but this month I'm moving house so all my track has to he binned. But I fix get 6 years use I guess.

Rick why

I have changed my layout several times, perhaps I use a different copper tape to you, but it peals off, clean the rails with some mentholated spirits to remove the adhesive then it's all ready to start all over again
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