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Thread: Cleaning the racing surface

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    Cleaning the racing surface

    What is the best product for cleaning/removing the built up rubber and goo off the track surface prior to applying a thin coating of goo?

    We normally use a product called Fuelite (lighter fluid), but someone has suggested that we use Jet Fuel (Kerosene?) as is is so much cheaper.

    What are your experiences or recommendations?
    Zippity

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    Naptha is the choice here in the states, at least in the states that you can still get it. Btw, same product to mix with "glue" to spray on after clean.
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    We've tried many types of cleaners but always return to Naphtha.
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    Naphtha is thinner and less oily than kerosene. I'd worry about kerosene leaving an oily film on the surface. Naphtha is sold here in the states as a fast drying paint thinner and nearly all paint stores carry it. Coleman fuel for your pump pressurized camp stove and lantern seems to be the same product as naphtha and will work if you can't find it down there. I'd also choose regular old mineral spirits or paint thinner over kerosene since they're both thinner.
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    VMP Naphtha seems better than plain naphtha. Also Coleman fuel is simply white gas.
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    What do you like better about the VMP naphtha? I don't clean tracks that often and haven't noticed a difference.
    Chris Dadds, Master Carpenter
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    Varnish makers & painters. It's more refined. It behaves much like lighter fluid and is a good solvent for cleaning residues left by tape or labels.
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    We did ours last night...and just use white spirits.



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    White Spirits or Fuelite?

    What was the brand name of the product you used?

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    Coleman fuel for general cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippity View Post
    White Spirits or Fuelite?

    What was the brand name of the product you used?
    If you want to remove Rubber tattoo's in the surface "Formula 409" Just spray wait a few minutes, spray again, rub hard. Removes stains and rubber out of surface.
    Clean the surface first with coleman or naptha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippity View Post
    White Spirits or Fuelite?

    What was the brand name of the product you used?



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    Thanks

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    We had better luck with VM&P Naptha than anything else we tried.

    And as long as we stayed on schedule (first Monday of the month), it was pretty much wipe-on, wipe-off.
    Rollin Isbell

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