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Offline guitartoys  
#1 Posted : 29 August 2020 19:52:58(UTC)
guitartoys

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Hi,

I know I don't post often, but thought this might be useful, as I got a number of these to clean the track, and they have been great.

I also happen to have and build guitars. And came across these, which are abrasive style erasers, for cleaning guitar frets, which have a specific grit to them.

https://www.stewmac.com/...asives/fret-erasers.html

So you can get grit anywhere from 220 to 8000 grit.

I've been using the 220 and 400. And they hold up really well.

Just hoping someone might find them useful

Michael


Offline DaleSchultz  
#2 Posted : 29 August 2020 20:56:59(UTC)
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alternatives are interesting if the present a price advantage. These are over $8 each!
Dale
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My current layout: https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
Arrival and Departure signs: https://remotesign.mixmox.com
Offline guitartoys  
#3 Posted : 29 August 2020 21:41:00(UTC)
guitartoys

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So what do you use?
Offline hxmiesa  
#4 Posted : 30 August 2020 00:27:28(UTC)
hxmiesa

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Originally Posted by: guitartoys Go to Quoted Post
So what do you use?

Argh, you asked! -Now he is going to try to peddle his "precision cut" wooden block again... LOL

Edited by user 31 August 2020 00:31:06(UTC)  | Reason: grammar...

Best regards
Henrik Hoexbroe ("The Dane In Spain")
http://hoexbroe.tripod.com
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Offline Ranjit  
#5 Posted : 30 August 2020 09:36:57(UTC)
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Henrik... I got one of those "wooden block" from Dale when I visited him many moons ago when he was in MA! Unfortunately, I never got to use it much, but I intend to.

Cheers,
Ranjit
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#6 Posted : 30 August 2020 11:34:10(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: guitartoys Go to Quoted Post
...came across these, which are abrasive style erasers, for cleaning guitar frets, which have a specific grit to them.


Bad idea!

I've posted this before, but here's why you shouldn't use track rubbers or isopropyl alcohol



Originally Posted by: guitartoys Go to Quoted Post
So what do you use?


This topic has been done to death on the forum, so I suggest you read some of the older threads starting with this one

https://www.marklin-user...cience-of-track-cleaning

Then there's this one, including the details of Dale Schultz's block of wood Henrik refers to.

https://www.marklin-user...ts/t39351-Track-Cleaning
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Offline DaleSchultz  
#7 Posted : 30 August 2020 13:56:32(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: hxmiesa Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: guitartoys Go to Quoted Post
So what do you use?

Argh, you asked! -Now he is going to try to peddle his "precision cutted" wooden block again... LOL



I have not sold crud-be-gone blocks for probably at least a decade. It sounds like you took exception to me making stuff available to others.

They still work and I still use them!

For center studs I buy the made for the job product (such as Brightboy).

Dale
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My current layout: https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
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Offline hxmiesa  
#8 Posted : 30 August 2020 20:05:20(UTC)
hxmiesa

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Originally Posted by: DaleSchultz Go to Quoted Post
It sounds like you took exception to me making stuff available to others.

Not at all! Confused
I think that almost everything you do is excellent.
Unfortunately intonation and sense of humour does not always travel well across the written forum medium, or across different cultures.
Despite my danish origins, and not being a native english speaker, I was raised with british humor; Black and absurd to the bone... (Pythons, anyone?)

I totally agree on the use of wood to clean the tracks. I use it myself. Though not precision-cut; I just grab whatever left-over piece from the box of cut-offs.

Edited by user 31 August 2020 00:31:35(UTC)  | Reason: grammar. omg :-/

Best regards
Henrik Hoexbroe ("The Dane In Spain")
http://hoexbroe.tripod.com
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#9 Posted : 30 August 2020 21:46:12(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: hxmiesa Go to Quoted Post
Unfortunately intonation and sense of humour does not always travel well across the written forum medium, or across different cultures.
Despite my danish origins, and not being a native english speaker, I was raised with british humor; Black and absurd to the bone... (Pythons, anyone?)


I got it! Cool
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Offline grnwtrs  
#10 Posted : 13 September 2020 22:49:25(UTC)
grnwtrs

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Originally Posted by: guitartoys Go to Quoted Post
So what do you use?


I use old track cleaning car filled with de nature’s alcohol. Or for a specific section lighter fluid. Followed by alcohol

Regards,
Gene
Offline Copenhagen  
#11 Posted : 14 September 2020 00:14:35(UTC)
Copenhagen


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Originally Posted by: Bigdaddynz Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: guitartoys Go to Quoted Post
...came across these, which are abrasive style erasers, for cleaning guitar frets, which have a specific grit to them.


Bad idea!

I've posted this before, but here's why you shouldn't use track rubbers or isopropyl alcohol



Originally Posted by: guitartoys Go to Quoted Post
So what do you use?


This topic has been done to death on the forum, so I suggest you read some of the older threads starting with this one

https://www.marklin-user...cience-of-track-cleaning

Then there's this one, including the details of Dale Schultz's block of wood Henrik refers to.

https://www.marklin-user...ts/t39351-Track-Cleaning


Clearly an expert. Just watched the video. He doesn't seem to know you can get pure isopropyl alcohol. He says Inox is food grade when the can clearly says "non-food grade"...
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Offline DaleSchultz  
#12 Posted : 14 September 2020 00:34:55(UTC)
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yup first time I saw that video I decided he was full of it too.
Dale
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#13 Posted : 14 September 2020 07:36:03(UTC)
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Well he's Australian, of course he's full of it....

But if you view the video right through it appears he doesn't have much in the way of running issues. I haven't heard anyone counter what he says with some reasoned viewpoint rather than "He's full of it...."

As for Inox, there is a food grade version available, just read the can. Probably that is what he is referring to.
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Offline Danlake  
#14 Posted : 14 September 2020 08:36:42(UTC)
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Well this chap resulted me in spending hours in my train room after applying Inox to my tracks (which turned out to be a bad idea), so I would steer away from any of his advicesBlink

They only positive you can say is that he is vert passionate about his messagesBigGrin

Best Regards
Lasse
Digital 11m2 layout / C (M&K) tracks / Era IV / CS3 60226 / Train Controller Gold 9 with 4D sound. Mainly Danish and German Locomotives.
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#15 Posted : 14 September 2020 09:55:37(UTC)
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There is a warning on the Inox can that it can affect rubber products, so probably not good for Marklin locos. The Aussie guy runs American 2 rail, so maybe none of his locos have rubber tyres.
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Offline Copenhagen  
#16 Posted : 14 September 2020 13:53:37(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bigdaddynz Go to Quoted Post
I haven't heard anyone counter what he says with some reasoned viewpoint rather than "He's full of it...."


Well I made some reasoned viewpoints BigGrin. Furthermore he demonstrates the use of track rubber on a piece of plywood... some people have used track rubber as part of their cleaning proces for ages without problems so it can't be all that bad (I don't use track rubber myself). The thing about water; lots of (if not most) tracks are made of metals that don't corrode easily. I've seen an in-depth video about track cleaning in Miniatur Wunderland where they use a glass cleaning spray with water and soap that they spray on rags and then wipe down their track, and their tracks don't seem to corrode.
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