Model Railroad Accessories-Track cleaning cars in all scales including HO, N, O & On30, Z, S and G, plus N scale DCC frames

Caring for Aztec Track Cleaner Rollers

Cratex rollers are available for all scales of Aztec track cleaners

Cratex® Rollers

The Cratex roller is made of a rubberized abrasive, the same material as a Bright Boy®.

Always run the Cratex Roller “Dry”

IMPORTANT: The Cratex roller is designed to be run “dry”. Do not use any chemicals such as Goo Gone, mineral spirits or lacquer thinner on the roller. If the Cratex roller is exposed to chemicals it may become damaged and have to be replaced.

Cleaning the Cratex Roller

When it becomes dirty the Cratex roller can be washed with a soft toothbrush using “409”, “Fantastic”, “Simple Green” or a similar product. Do not use dishwashing detergent or hand soap – these products may contain lanolin or other skin conditioning ingredients which will add unwanted oil to the Cratex.

Rinse in hot water and let air dry. Note: Do not use a hair drier or put in an oven.

After the roller has dried, reinstall it back into the car. Your Track Star™ is now ready to use again.

Sidewinder rollers to fit most Aztec track cleaners

 

Sidewinder™ Rollers

The Sidewinder is a canvas covered roller which can be run either “wet” (using whatever type of liquid cleaner you prefer) or dry (without any fluid). The canvas roller is meant to be used as an alternative to the Cratex roller which comes standard in most Aztec track cleaners.

The canvas is contact-cemented onto the roller and will last for quite a long time. (Useful life of the canvas will vary depending on the amount of usage, the type of fluid applied and track irregularities.)

Cleaning the Sidewinder Roller

The canvas roller can be washed in the same manner as the Cratex one. Use a soft tooth brush and warm soapy water, then rinse. Let the roller air dry overnight. Do not use a hair drier or put it in an oven.

Replacing the Canvas

When the canvas needs to be replaced:

1. Use artist’s canvas (available at your local art supply store) which you cut to size. Submerge the roller in lacquer thinner or acetone. This loosens the cement so the canvas can be removed. Remove canvas.

2. Apply contact cement (use DAP® Weldwood® Contact Cement or comparable product) to the roller and to the primed (shiny) side of a replacement canvas. Wait for cement to get tacky, then apply canvas to roller.

3. After the cement has set up, trim the canvas to size using a sharp pair of scissors or a hobby knife. Clean off the excess cement on sides of roller with a Q-tip moistened in lacquer thinner or acetone. You are now ready to run again.

 

Cobra Handi Wipes track cleaning rollers in N scale, HO scale and On30 scale

 

The Cobra (Handi Wipes® covered) Roller

Cleaning the Cobra Roller

The Handi Wipes roller can be washed by swishing it in warm, soapy water, then rinsing. The Cobra can be run immediately following cleaning.

Replacing he Handi Wipes (HO and On30 scale):

Cut a new piece of Handi Wipes to the appropriate size.

HO SCALE BOXCAR: 1-3/16" wide X 11" long.

HO SCALE GONDOLA: 1-3/32" wide X 11" long.

On30 SCALE: 1-1/4” wide X 11” long

Insert one end of cloth strip in the roller slot and wrap snugly around roller. Use a machinist’s scale to push material into groove (see Figures 1 and 2). Stick a straight pin through the cloth to hold it in place. Tie the cloth with thread on each end and in the center. Remove pin and you are ready to run.

NOTE: Cloth roller must be tied with mercerized cotton thread to operate properly. Do not use a rubber band to tie the roller. The use of materials other than Handi Wipes may not work and could cause derailments.

Replacing the Handi Wipes (N scale):

Cut a new piece of Handi Wipes to 19/32" wide by 11" long. Insert one end of cloth strip in the roller slot and wrap snugly. Use the dull side of an X-acto knife to push material into groove (see Figures 3 and 4). Stick a straight pin through the cloth to hold it in place. Tie the cloth with thread on each end. Remove pin and you are ready to run.

NOTE: Cloth roller must be tied with mercerized cotton thread to operate properly. Do not use a rubber band to tie the roller. The use of materials other than Handi Wipes may not work and could cause derailments.

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