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9V Tracks - Cleaning & Protection

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#1 MetroiD


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Posted 19 June 2009 - 12:40 AM

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Well I finally received my latest eBay bargain, with the package containing 11 straight and 39 curved pieces, as well as every bit of electrical hardware you need to get those babies running and a couple of switches (yeah, of course I'm bragging, you have no idea how long I'd waited for this moment! :P ). That's all neat, but I'm still waiting for my BNSF train to arrive, along with my first (and only) 9V engine sometime next month. In the meantime, I thought I'd take out the tracks and have a good look at them and boy, was I in for a surprise... Since those babies are second hand, some of them are in a downright dirrrrty condition - the switches especially seem to have been fully garnished with dust & stuff. Seeing as I really don't have any experience with those pieces and they're electric, I don't want to spoil anything while cleaning them or render them useless in some way.

So before I get started, I'd be extremely grateful if you guys could give me any basic guidelines regarding the cleaning of 9V tracks - what to do and what not to. I guess a damp cloth, some kind of cleaning solution for the really dirty spots and a lot of drying out after the cleaning process would suffice, but I'd still rather ask before ruining 50+ pieces :) Thanks in advance!
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#2 BillytheKid


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Posted 19 June 2009 - 07:09 AM

9v track normally doesn't need cleaning. If it's dusty, use a painting aspergillum with soft hards. If the dust is really 'stuck' on it, use one with stronger hairs. For the metal thing, use a soft cloth with benzine or alcohol. The contact is made in de innerside of the track.


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Posted 19 June 2009 - 07:23 AM

I'd first dust them off, then clean them with a damp cloth and some cleaning solution without bleach. Be sure to dry the metal rail after. If the metal rails are oxidated you can use some car polish to make them bright and shiny again.
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#4 MetroiD


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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:22 PM

Thanks for the replies guys.
If these tracks weren't REALLY dirty, I wouldn't have bothered posting a new thread for this... but they most definitely are. I will post a few before/after pics once I'm done with the cleaning and let you all know what I used.
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Posted 06 July 2009 - 10:46 PM

Greetings! :classic:

I would have to say thank you for the replies too! I am new to the 9v train game and it is good to know some useful tips to keep it running!

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 12:33 AM

To be honest, I have never seen an oxidated 9V track. Washing with water shouldn't be an issue.

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 02:35 AM

The only dirt that shows up on the metal rails, is a light coating of dirt, and just a grime that just happens due to usage and age.

The best way that I found to clean the metal rails is a common household eraser.

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It literally does erase the grime!!! The eraser also leave a light shine on the rails too!
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