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Old 09-06-2018, 05:07 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,
Hope you're all good!Just a quick question this time....what is the best fluid for track cleaning? I was using what was left of my Dapol cleaning fluid but it's fast running out.I would appreciate all advice.
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:13 PM   #2
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IPA is best.
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:16 PM   #3
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Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is almost certainly the best and in my opinion methylated spirits comes a close second.
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IPA without doubt.
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Mines a pint IPA for sure.................John
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Old 10-06-2018, 08:57 AM   #6
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This is the one thing that drives me nuts at the moment, I clean the track using a peco rubber, go over the track with a vac to pickup any debris, then use an IPA soaked cleaning pad and finally I use IPA soaked cotton buds cleaning the surface and inside of the track and keep doing this untill the buds come up clean. That should mean the track is clean. But if I go back only a day later and check with a IPA soaked cotton bud I gets load of black rubbish up, why are they getting so dirty so quickly, and the above situation is on a track that didn't have anything run on it between cleaning, so it's not dirty wheels putting the dirt back.

I wish I knew what's going on as it really spoiles my enjoyment of my layout.

I belong to a club that has a very large OO layout that is not cleaned from one year to the next and that runs faultlessly week in week out.

Wish I knew why mine gets so dirty so quickly.

I tried Track Magic instead of and in addition to IPA and get the same result with that as well

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Old 10-06-2018, 09:09 AM   #7
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More often than not the track gets dirty from the crud on the wheels of locos and rolling stock. You must keep them clean as well. And when it comes to coach and wagon wheels, plastic ones will always be worse than metal.
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Totally agree with Steve. Keep the wheels clean, more important than the track. Get rid of any plastic wheels.
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Although in my case the track it getting dirty over night without anything being run on the freshly cleaned track. I clean the track until an IPA soaked cotton bud come up clean and then the next day a wipe with a clean IPA soaked cotton bud comes back with a black line, showing a fresh crud build up over night.

And no my house is not that dirty
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I haven’t run any trains for over 3 weeks and my track is still clean. It doesn’t matter how clean the track is you will nearly always get a black mark on the cloth if you wipe the track. That isn’t necessarily dirt. If I rub the track now with my finger I will get a black mark, however, the locos run just fine.

Do your locos run OK?
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