Cleaning the track

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Cleaning the track

Post by rlaton » Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:14 pm

We have a Piandosi aluminum track (Non coated). We have never run an official race on it but we will this Wed. night. What is the best thing to clean it with? Thanks.



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Re: Cleaning the track

Post by ichiban » Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:55 pm

Simple Green, 409, or just plain water has been used by other track owners.

Try this thread for more information...
http://derbytalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=3174



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Re: Cleaning the track

Post by Grubartez » Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:59 pm

Simple green is what I use. Works fine.



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Re: Cleaning the track

Post by PWD_addict » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:07 am

I am sure that this is a bad idea, but I need ammo to try to dissuade the track keepers . . . Why is using Pledge on the track a bad idea? Yes, Pledge furniture polish.



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Re: Cleaning the track

Post by ichiban » Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:08 pm

I think most if not all furniture polish leaves a film that makes the material shine. Aside from using Pledge on wood, I've seen it used on Radio Controlled car lexan bodies; it looks great!

In racing you dont want to introduce a residue onto the racing surface unless you know what to expect and it will be fair to all the racers. If the residue provides less traction, rail riders may have an advantage. If it provides more traction, they may be at a disadvantage.

A side note on Simple Green. It's interesting to me to hear people using SG on their aluminum tracks. Back when I raced RC cars in parking lots, some racers used SG on their tires for more traction. I tried it and I did not like it; while it helped plant the car, tire characteristics were lost resulting in a loss in performance.

In PWD racing, SG may be providing a nice residue for the wheels to grab instead of slip. It's interesting to note, the use of wheel additives and track surface coatings seems explored very little! (And you thought this was going to be just another thread on track cleaning.)



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Re: Cleaning the track

Post by doct1010 » Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:15 pm

You are of course correct as regards track surface films. Surprising that the track manufacter would recommend such.
On the issue of wheel coatings ect., I think you will find considerable debate on the issue if you search. I recall quite a bit of info, from graphite on tread to high gloss plastic polish. We prefer to do nothing, just a good rub with a cotton cloth or paper towel.



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