Flashbang wrote:Well that's interesting. In all the years of using 99.9% IPA both at work on switch contacts and electric motor Commutators and on model railway rails and wheel treads I've never experienced any issues. I've never seen corrosion on Nickle Silver rail occur either! Heaven knows where the information came from?? No suggested alternative(s) given either!
Never use less than 99.9% IPA as those low percentage ones contain water! (often referenced as Rubbing Alcohol).
As Glencairn pointed out, it is negligible, so IPA is still a fine track cleaner, but it does it over a very long time.
Also methylated spirits is an alternative.
The information about The track corrosion came from a video posted by Ron's Trains N things.https://youtu.be/lBYxjcTWCB0
Methylated spirits is a alternative, but I feel like the best method for the average track cleaning is dry cleaning using track rubbers, because it's not a liquid there's no doubt over wether it will dissolve certain substances, and you can use a track rubber for years.
The information In my qoute came from here.https://blog.gotopac.com/2010/11/18/ipa ... antages-2/