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#1 Justin A. Porter

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 03:32 PM

After one of the most tense weeks in me and Dad's lives in slot car racing, we are happy to report that the Hillclimb is back to her old self. Major major thanks to the advice and construction of Steve Ogilvie which saw us through this minor catastrophe.
 
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Posted 10 August 2017 - 03:42 PM

Glad to hear it worked out.

What was the reason that racers suggested Simple Green to clean the track?

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 03:54 PM

The recommendation came from a racer's experience at another track locally that had apparently also tried Simple Green with some success. 

 

I will say this much, it did a fantastic job of cleaning the surface! Haha. But in the interest of never wanting this to happen again, we're going back to naphtha. 


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:09 PM

So it swells some types MDF, but not others?

FWIW, I've only used naphtha.

Occasionally, I use lacquer thinner to remove ground-in rubber.

I use a small amount on a paper towel, and it evaporates almost immediately after it removes the rubber streak.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:14 PM

That's what appears to be the case. I'm not much of a tradesman so I will hope Steve chimes in with an explanation because mine is limited to there being some waterproof MDF types and some not, and our Hillclimb is decidedly not of the waterproof variety which makes it vulnerable at its unpainted joints.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:39 PM

My Ogilvie Hillclimb was 2004 or 2005 vintage and I used a Simple Green to clean it most of the time. I only used naphtha when it got really grubby. I am curious to hear how this happened as well.

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 05:02 PM

Basically boiled down to the Simple Green soaking down into the joints of the track sections after it was misted onto the track causing those bare areas to bubble up. We used the Simple Green the same way we use naphtha, and it bit us. Thankfully, all better now! 


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:59 PM

FWIW, I never mist any cleaner into my track. I always put it on a cloth and wipe it. Feels like I have better control of the product.
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Posted 10 August 2017 - 09:13 PM

I have used several of the water based cleaners such as Simple Green and citrus cleaners like Orange-U-Glad with light scotchbrite for really imbedded rubber.  Always avoid getting water (or any solvent) on unpainted MDF since it will be a sponge.  Naptha is a degreaser and the citrus type can make a secondary solvent cleaner.


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