Brand new rail

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    HyperSonic

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    I was wondering if anybody treats their brand new rail with something to make it easier to clean in the future? Something to make the burnt AP come off with less effort.

    Also, on the same thought, which propellant types will make the rail harder to clean?
     
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    Smokey motors are bad and Sparky motors are especially bad for rails. Make sure the rails are anodized.
     
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    Sugar motors are vile.
     
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    Don't lick the rails??? :eek::eek::p
     
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    I do have a sweet tooth!!
     
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    Funny. Our large launchpad had a huge CATO on it at our May launch. It was literally coated with caramelized sugar. It has made me think about forbidding sugar motors on it or demanding that folks clean it. I had a trail of fire ants into my trailer for almost 4 weeks.
     
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    Our aluminum 1010 rails sit out in the field from October to April. We fly sparkies, smokies, etc. The rails get cleaned with WD-40 and green meanie scrubbing pads in September before going out to the field. We provide a can of WD-40 and green meanies if anyone want to clean a rail before using it but very few ever do. The rails are 11 years old and work just as well today as they did new, they just don't look new any longer.
     
  8. Aug 14, 2019 at 12:38 AM #8

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    I will coat the new rails with WD-40 and hope it makes clean up easier. I love the sound of a big (M) sparky!
     
  9. Aug 14, 2019 at 12:52 AM #9

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    You may have come up with a new rocketry term
    "Rail Licker"

    M
     
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    Who wants to volunteer to be RLO at next launch.
     
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    I wipe a lite coat of 'dish soap' on them with a rag...an old backpacking trick when cooking over an open fire....seems to work.

    So, earlier today I took a short piece of 1515 rail and applied soap to half of it. In a couple of days I'll burn some delay grain under it and see if it works or not..I'll video the results.

    Tony
     
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    Silicone spray works for me.
     
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    I also vote for coating rails and blast deflectors with WD-40 prior to use. Makes stuff come off much easier after the event.
     
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    In addition, after you clean them apply a coat of WD-40 to prevent any corrosion.
     
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    My combat experience makes me a little jumpy around sparky launches plus I can't stand the fire risk.

    Sparkies are tough on rails. There are many pit marks on the older rails from these motors. I am not sure WD 40 will prevent them.

    Also, our field is a sod farm and I have to pray for on fires at every launch that we do not have a fire. We have extinguishers but we are one launch from losing the field.
     
  16. Aug 14, 2019 at 3:34 PM #16

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    We have found with Sparkies, use the same end of the rail each time, then as that end gets to badly pitted I chop off the bottom foot or so of the rail once they have been chopped a second time we purchase a new one and move the now 6' rail to the MPR pads.
     
  17. Aug 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM #17

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    Will indexing the rail so the rear slot is now the guide slot help extend some life?
     

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