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    Jenn, you may not be aware of this but take a read of this article. It discusses polar and non-polar cleaning fluid for cleaning our tracks and some theory behind each. Even lists ATF.

    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/m...ex.html?page=9

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    Thanks for posting, most interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Jenn, you may not be aware of this but take a read of this article. It discusses polar and non-polar cleaning fluid for cleaning our tracks and some theory behind each. Even lists ATF.

    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/m...ex.html?page=9
    Thanks , there are several that I can buy in the Netherlands , and seem like the equivalent of NO-OX, now to find the best one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Jenn, you may not be aware of this but take a read of this article. It discusses polar and non-polar cleaning fluid for cleaning our tracks and some theory behind each. Even lists ATF.

    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/m...ex.html?page=9
    Invaluable information! I have a can of CRC QD Contact Cleaner that I WAS going to use but looking at the chart, I realize it's not ideal. In fact, it's worse than what I've been using and that is IPA! I'll look for the WD-40 stuff or the CRC CC and P. Thanks again.

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    Yes, according to the chart, good old kerosene might be all you need. Or clean the track with kero, and run a graphite stick lightly along the inside of the rail as illustrated in the article. Was an interesting article though.

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    Hey wait, I thought political/religious discussion is banned here.

    (Because talking about rail cleaning methods basically *is* the same thing as talking about politics/religion when you think about it...)



    I use the Gleam method:
    1) Sand with 600 grit sandpaper
    2) Follow-up sanding with 1200 grit sandpaper
    3) Burnish with stainless steel washer to remove pits/scratches in rail

    The result is railtops that are shiny and smooth.

    I really only have to do this once, usually after ballasting. Follow-up cleanings only require rubbing a chunk of spare cork roadbed along visibly dirty spots or rubbing cork soaked in electronic contact cleaner for any possible problem areas. I've had flawless running of trains after months of non-operation. I don't use any abrasive cleaning after the initial gleaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroRedLn View Post
    Hey wait, I thought political/religious discussion is banned here.

    (Because rail cleaning methods basically *are* the same thing as talking about politics/religion)



    I use the Gleam method:
    1) Sand with 600 grit sandpaper
    2) Follow-up sanding with 1200 grit sandpaper
    3) Burnish with stainless steel washer to remove pits/scratches in rail

    The result is railtops that are shiny and smooth.

    I really only have to do this once, usually after ballasting. Follow-up cleanings only require rubbing a chunk of spare cork roadbed along visibly dirty spots or rubbing cork soaked in electronic contact cleaner for any possible problem areas. I've had flawless running of trains after months of non-operation. I don't use any abrasive cleaning after the initial gleaming.
    You are quite correct about you know what and you know what, i don't even want to mention those 2 subjects.
    I have seen your method described in many articles and posts, perception is an amazing thing, i just keep think of the rail top being scratched up. I should not, because i use fine grit sandpaper and 0000 steel wool to polish metal in another one of my interests. The mind can play amazing tricks with your thought process. There are so many methods of track cleaning and maintenance out there it can be rather confusing. Good that you shared your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    Thanks , there are several that I can buy in the Netherlands , and seem like the equivalent of NO-OX, now to find the best one.
    I think if you can source something close to No-Ox in the Netherlands it should be "good enough". I don't think we will notice the difference between a 1.9 and a 2.1, for example. If you noticed, the author grouped everything into three categories. I think as long as you stay in the upper portion of the first group, you should be good. The key question, since No-Ox is not listed in that article, is what is the dielectric constant of No-Ox so we can see where it fits into that list? Maybe you can ask Sanchem (let us know if you find out).

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    Quote Originally Posted by VRB60 View Post
    because i use fine grit sandpaper and 0000 steel wool to polish metal in another one of my interests.
    I know you said you use steel wool in a different application but I just wanted to remind people NOT to use steel wool to clean model railroad track. The small pieces that break off will be attracted to the electric motors of your locomotives (among other things).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Track cleaning? CMX Car with Alcohol or Acetone and NO using acetone doesn't effect the ties due.
    Same here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenn Popp View Post
    I know you said you use steel wool in a different application but I just wanted to remind people NOT to use steel wool to clean model railroad track. The small pieces that break off will be attracted to the electric motors of your locomotives (among other things).
    Thank you very much for that advise, that is something i would not have thought of. That is why forums are a great source of information. Thanks again and have a good one.

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    I have a freight car that drags a cork over the track. I have it in one of my freight trains and after 3 or 4 times around the layout it's pretty clean. Ocassionally I'm up on a ladder with a wine cork (layout is 11" from the ceiling in my loving/dining room). I like cork because it very gentle. I also have an Atlas track cleaning car with a vacuum but unfortunately the decoder is not working just now.

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    Reprobates! Heretics! Radicals! No-Ox treatment or nothing!

    But should something else work just as well for keeping track free from black-gunk building up, I'm all ears, even if my hearing sucks.

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    Good Afternoon All,

    I have a boxcar with a masonite pad in every train to clean the rails. Periodically, the pads require cleaning with alcohol to remove dirt build up.
    Happy Modeling

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