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Old 08-23-2020, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When I used to run engines powered by track electricity, we cleaned the rails with a dry wall sander. I don't remember if we put anything on the sander.
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Old 08-23-2020, 09:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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drywall sandpaper....


looks like window screen coated with sparkly black crystals (carborundum)


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Many threads on this and other sites. The apparent consensus is to use a Scotch-Brite pad.

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Old 08-24-2020, 01:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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No, many people use actual drywall sandpaper, which has a fiberglas mesh. Once the grit is initially worn down, you are really using fiberglas mesh.


If you have ever used a fiberglas "pen" you can see how fine fibers clean well.


In comparision to scotchbrite, the thin mesh catches on turnout points and guardrails less.


Try each one and see what you think. Get a drywall sanding pole and "pad" and add some weight to it, makes a huge difference.



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Hmmmm, apparently it's not apparent to all those that I thought that it was apparent to and apparently experience and views change over time.

What Chuck said on the scotchbrite

I've got no dog nor experience in this hunt as I'm battery/rc indoors with aluminum track. Just trying to be helpful as I'm certain we all are.
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Old 08-26-2020, 04:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yep, thread from 8 years ago...


The 3m stuff Chuck used is a bit more aggressive than the green scotchbrite.... there are many grades of scotchbrite, note the color of the stuff on my picture of the bridgemasters unit.


Chuck alternated between 2 locations and pictured in Arizona there.


In the intervening 8 years I have had occasion to compare scotchbrite types and the drywall sandpaper, and I favor the drywall sandpaper for the reasons I have given.


I have also the experience of our 120+ member club that I am with, and for brass track, I would go with a weighted drywall sander on a pole and slightly worn drywall sandpaper.


If I had brass track, and wanted to run a car around, I still prefer the bridgmasters car...


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https://elmassian.com/index.php/larg...track-cleaning


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Old 08-27-2020, 07:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've used a red scotchbrite, it is a drywall sanding pad, mounted on a swivel head to get around curves and turnouts. The red is a little heavier grit than the green, works good imo.
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I agree, when you have significant oxidation, green is a bit too lightweight.


Still, it can snag a bit on points.


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I am in the drywall sander camp. I've tried green and red Scotch Brites, for me they don't work as well and the sander on a pole is simplicity to use.
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I am lazy, I just use the LGB 20670 track cleaner. I converted mine to Zimo DCC and can clean both forward and reverse.
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