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What to use to clean wooden track

Post by psycaz » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:59 am

Can someone recommend what they have found to work to clean a finished wooden track with?

I don't want to do any damage to the finish/surface, but get the graphite off.

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Re: What to use to celan wooden track

Post by doct1010 » Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:10 pm

I use a damp towel, followed by a dry wipe down. It works well IF the track has not been neglected with excess amount of graphite build up.



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Re: What to use to celan wooden track

Post by psycaz » Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:20 pm

Anything special to dampen the towel besides just water?

I've found that denatured alcohol has gotten the graphite off the desk we use to build cars quite nicely, but am hesitant to use it on the track.

The track is new this year.



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Re: What to use to celan wooden track

Post by gpraceman » Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:24 pm

I would think that a good general purpose cleaner would work. Just make sure it contains no bleach. You can try the cleaner on a small spot (on the side or under the track, if also finished) as a test to see if it will have a problem with the track's finish.


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Re: What to use to celan wooden track

Post by doct1010 » Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:38 pm

Just water. Denatured alcohol will remove the graphite, just not sure how it would react with finish. So I err on the side of caution.



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Re: What to use to celan wooden track

Post by psycaz » Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:41 pm

I'll give water then maybe some mild cleaner a shot.

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Re: What to use to celan wooden track

Post by GILLS » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:14 pm

You may want to try a citrus cleaner, I usually have good luck with that on my track. Windex, Johnson & Johnson, and several other companies make these types of products.



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Re: What to use to celan wooden track

Post by psycaz » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:18 pm

Thanks Gills,

I'll give that a shot.



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Re: What to use to clean wooden track

Post by Go Bubba Go » Sat Nov 17, 2007 7:58 pm

psycaz wrote:Thanks Gills,

I'll give that a shot.
How'd it work?

We just picked up our Pack track (I'm the new Pinewood Derby Chairman) and ours could definitely use a little cleaning. Not sure the last time anybody did anything other than wipe it down with a dry rag (if that).

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Re: What to use to celan wooden track

Post by psycaz » Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:10 pm

It seemed to work out great. No residue that I could tell and picked up a ton of graphite I thought I had gotten off.



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Re: What to use to celan wooden track

Post by Go Bubba Go » Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:13 pm

psycaz wrote:It seemed to work out great. No residue that I could tell and picked up a ton of graphite I thought I had gotten off.
Do you recall the particular brand / variety you used?

Given that it's not my property, I'd rather keep my "experimenting" to a minimum :wink:

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Re: What to use to celan wooden track

Post by psycaz » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:29 pm

It was 409 citrus power.



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