Sandpaper for Track?

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Sandpaper for Track?
Posted by gottcent on Sunday, August 18, 2019 7:35 PM

Is it OK to use sandpaper to clean old 027 track, or does that remove some protective coating from the rails?

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Posted by emdmike on Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:42 PM

Not a good idea. What I recommend is the track cleaning block made by LGB for G scale.  It works EXCELLENT for O gauge, leaving a nice shine to the rails, doesnt put your hands at risk if cleaning tubular track(which can and does have sharp edges at times).   Any good LGB brand stocking dealer should have them.  I have had mine for years and cleaned HO thru G scale track with it.   

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, August 18, 2019 9:38 PM

Scotchbrite pads work very well too, they're non-abrasive and won't remove any tinplate left on that 027 track.

Don't use sandpaper, and definately don't use steel wool!  Steel wool can leave fibers behind that can work their way into your electricals, and you don't want that!

Don't use "Goo-Gone" either.  Some on this site have said it will attack traction tire rubber.  

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Posted by gottcent on Monday, August 19, 2019 9:14 AM

Thanks, guys. I'll give your suggestions a try.

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Posted by Roger Carp on Monday, August 19, 2019 9:55 AM

Good morning gottcent.

 

Please contact me at Classic Toy Trains regarding your question about using sandpaper to clean old O-27 track.

 

Sincerely,
 
Roger Carp
Senior editor
Classic Toy Trains
262-796-8776 ext. 253
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Posted by Enzo the Baker on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:53 PM

3M Scotchbrite pads are also good for gently cleaning wheels and pickup shoes/rollers as well.  A little alcohol on the pad helps remove built-up gunk. 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:22 PM

Enzo the Baker

3M Scotchbrite pads are also good for gently cleaning wheels and pickup shoes/rollers as well.  A little alcohol on the pad helps remove built-up gunk. 

 

I haven't tried that.  It's almost track cleaning season for me, I'll give it a try!  And Welcome aboard!

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