Making track more dirt and grime resistant

SYROUS Jan 18, 2015

  1. SYROUS

    SYROUS TrainBoard Member

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    Hi guys just posted a how to vid on my YouTube channel regarding the processes of gleaming or burnishing your Nickel Silver track to make it more resistant to dirt and grime sticking to the rails.
    I decided to film the process as not much out there other then written instructions on forums. Enjoy, like, comment, ask questions and please subscribe.
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  2. John Smith

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    Also, a couple of drops of ATF on the rails once in a while also works. It encapsulates the dirt into the fluid and ATF is electrically conductive. When first applying, do a couple drops test... you may notice some reduced pulling power/wheel slippage at first... but, this goes away. Hope this helps. JMS
     
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  3. blackz28

    blackz28 TrainBoard Member

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    ATF?????
     
  4. hoyden

    hoyden TrainBoard Supporter

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    ATF; the car kind, not the government. Automatic transmission fluid. I've used No-ox for the same purpose.
     
  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Gleaming smooths the metal so there are fewer places for dirt to grab onto...
     
  6. Trains

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    Do they still make No-Ox? I used that back in to 60's.
     
  7. SYROUS

    SYROUS TrainBoard Member

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    Yes they do I bought some here in Ontario Canada a few weeks ago.

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  8. SYROUS

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    I haven't run my trains in along time so cleaning the rail and trying no ox on top of gleamed track. Supposed to make track non stick to dirt.

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  9. MarkInLA

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    Though Syrous is giving a real involved explanation, I burnished my HO track by merely taking a 1.5" Diam. washer which, from a side view looks like a flattened derby hat with a hole through it and rubbing my way along the rails. Period ! The Scratchy railhead becomes glossy very quickly...job is done in minutes...I just don't think all the steps Syrous if going through are really necessary. My apologies to him though, for literally , going against the grain .........Mark
     

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