No-Ox: advice please

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Seen any number of reviews, most recently by "Ron's Trains," which cryptically closes with, "...if your steam locomotives have rubber traction tyres, you may want to go a different route," Some of my expensive Hornby pieces have rubber tyres, is this going to eat them up? Ron instructs that prior to the application of No-Ox, that the rails should be thoroughly cleaned with mineral spirits first, then a microscopic coating of No-Ox. Is it the mineral spirits that might damage the tyres, or is it the No-Ox? Does anyone have any experience with No-Ox and traction tyres?
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Bin the No-0x chops its the oil that will affect the tyres, it has never been liked in the U.K.
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Thanks for that, all I need is to destroy some valued models. I have refrained from purchasing it. I'll keep on using Wahl Hair Clipper oil, first known to me by the British professional model railroader, Lionel Strange. It hasn't killed anything yet... IPA works great, for about 45 minutes, then back to wiping it down again. Supposedly the devil is in the micro-arcing of wheel on track, and supposedly the oil retards this effect.
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The hair clipping oil will also wreck the tyres.
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I saw the Ron’s Trains video, and it surprised me that IPA used for cleaning rails should be binned because it contains up to 20% water ! Took a look at my bottle and it’s 99.9% alcohol.

So maybe worth checking to see if your IP alcohol is making your rails rusty.

I recently made a track cleaner, using hardboard as the “ wiper” and surprised at the amount of dirt it collected.

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Not all IPA is 99.9% alcohol, that's why it is important to buy IPA that is.
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Well, as yet I've not noticed any particular traction tyre problems with Wahl's, other than some slippage until the rails are given a second or third wipe to remove the excess. Some tyres have failed out after several years, which I attribute to age and use. Logically, being an oil, one would suspect Wahl's as being hard on rubber. My gripe with IPA is that it does nothing to retard micro-arcing, which is apparently the root of all evil vis-a-vis model trains. Extensively used IPA years ago when running DCC, and found that the entire line had to be re-cleaned with IPA not more than 45 minutes per running session, or the commands to the locomotives would start to fail.
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I don’t understand the problem with dirty track, I rarely clean mine. The biggest culprit is plastic wheels. Getting rid of them gets rid of dirt.
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