@Seth Thomas posted:
I might add that my friend Chuck who was a certified Lionel and MTH service person cleaned truck wheels and the third rail pick up rollers with his strictly brass wire wheel on his bench grinder. No additional solvents. Worked great for him. I witnessed his using this method countless times.
I’m not an in this area, however I did spend several weeks reading all the articles and reader’s comments connected with this topic. What I got from all of this is there are many ‘traditional’ cleaning methods that appear to work, but that actually can make the problem worse. Things like abrasive erasers – BrightBoy is one (I’ve thrown mine out), or sandpapers coarser than 600, anything that scratches is only very short term and in the long run doing more harm than good. Like polar solvents, these are things that should be avoided.
But if cleaning wheels is really your hobby – go for it. I personally do not enjoy cleaning wheels. I still sometimes use Goo-Gone, but finish off using mineral spirts. I also have a lot of plastic wheels which are really a no, no for clean track, but I can’t change every wheelset in my collection, so I am condemned to cleaning more than I would like to.