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Hi all,
I have a few questions about grip levels, and/or painting plastic track, and/or magnets
First off Painting plastic track. is it just for asthetics or does it improve grip for non mag cars? what type of paint is the prefered choice? Following on from this, What are the grip levels like on a routed wooden track with copper tape? is it similar to painted plastic with non mag? I normally run magnets but have tried without and found the grip levels 'interesting' . I'm no stanger to sliding cars but normally work on much bigger 1/10 scale RC buggys, where a 2WD can be a challenge on a slippy sports hall floor. I'm currently developing the layout for my permenant track and I am contemplating taking all the mangets out. But somehow I like the sheer silly speed obtainable with mag scalex boxter.
Opinions Please

· One petunia in a field of onions
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That's got to be a near record number of questions and possibilities covered in a single paragraph.

The trouble comes in the fact that there are so many variables.

I run non-magnet and have just painted my Scaley Sport track using Dulux Designer Suede applied with a taklon brush over an undercoat of Dulux 3 in 1 Primer/Sealer/Undercoat also applied with a natural bristle brush. The painting was done primarily for aesthetic reasons.

Looking on a grip basis. Things have most definitely changed. Note, I run all tyres trued but untreated.

Racer rubber that was previously ok now hook up best of all. Ninco are about the next in line.
MJK urethane which used to be the preferred are currently toward the bottom of the grip lists. However a homebrew urethane formulated by an 'evil doctor' is right up there with the rubber.

This is merely the way things stand with a fresh paint job. I fully expect grip to evolve with running in much the same way as it did on plastic alone.

I would expect the same paints applied by the same method on a wooden surface would produce the same results.


· Digital Guru
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i have recently gone the routed route and coppertape so all mags are now removed. I just used off the shelf grey emulsion and swapped the rear tyres for urethane one's.

The grip level is now more realistic than it ever was with plastic track and magnets and is a joy to race on.

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ive got a ninco track. i knocked as much of the high spots of with a sanding block, then used an acrylic vynal silk matt. aplied with a sponge roller to get a flat smooth suface,and fill in all the little depressions. good idea, grip level has gone up and slides are controllable, without digging in and flippin. john
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