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    • October 25, 2009 3:30 PM EDT
      • Newton, KS
         
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      I used that Aero-Car track & rail cleaner fluid ACT-6006 I got from Kidman's at Marty's, on my track. I put it on after a good track cleaning with my pad. Had not run any trains for about 2-3 weeks since then and we had like 2-3" of rain in that time and 5" of snow. Ron brought over a track power loco yesterday, little Bachman porter and it ran like a top and never stuttered a bit, only two axles, so not much spread of pickups there! I had not re-cleaned the track or anything.

      Seems to work pretty neat and the track felt smooth, did not get any black gunk on my hands, running over it. I guess that it does put down a good conductive film, like it said. I'm impressed!

      Aero-Car Hobby Lubricants
      P.O. Box 336
      Western Springs, IL 60558
      708-246-9027
      www.aerocarlubricants.com

      Nah, I have nothing to do with them, had never heard of them till I got this from Kidman's. It was less than $10 for a 8oz bottle. I put some on a rag and ran it around the track, used about 1/4" out of the bottle for my 135' of track. Used it cleaning some wheels also.
    • December 7, 2009 10:31 AM EST
      • Easton , Massachusetts
         
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      Jerry how is the product holding up?
      Any updates?
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    • December 7, 2009 8:35 PM EST
      • Newton, KS
         
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      Sean,
      It seems to work fine. I ran my live steamer the other day, so wiped it down again after that. Seems I can just run trains when I want and not bother cleaning track.
    • December 9, 2010 12:43 PM EST
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      Jerry is this still working for you? Is Kidman still carrying it? Later RJD
    • December 12, 2010 9:37 AM EST
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      I did not find it to keep working okay, but I did let it freeze out in my shed, so that may have had some effect. Pretty much all battery/live steam power anymore. Seemed to work fine till I let it freeze up, not sure if that was the cause or not.
    • December 16, 2010 10:07 AM EST
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      Thanks for the info Jerry. Will by pass. Later RJD
    • December 18, 2010 10:35 AM EST

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      I've followed and tested various fluids applied to rails to prevent oxidation. There are 2 components in this, although not all fluids used have both components.

      Most have a light solvent that evaporates away. All leave a film of something. This is the key. The film keeps oxygen away from the surface of the rail and inhibits (to a degree) oxidation, which affects electrical conductivity.

      Some fluids have some ingredient that also works against oxidation, like what you can find in those liquid brass/silver cleaners. This seems to be the biggest variable between them.

      The mere mechanical application of the product helps remove oxidation to a degree also.

      My personal experience is that anything that leaves something behind, eventually gums up, attracts contaminants, and creates a buildup somewhere.

      Since I have stainless steel now, my only cleaning to increase conductivity is actually just getting the rails clean, more degreasing than anything else. I use a wet swiffer, and it works great.

      If I had brass rail, I might try some of these fluids, and replace/re-apply them, but I think I would just use a light abrasive rubber block or a scotchbrite, AND use something to degrease the rails after that.

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