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Front tyre treatment?

Don't laugh but - I've used gloss black Humbrol Enamel on the tread surface of one pair of front tyres and it seems to be working really well. 

Initially it was just an experiment as an alternative to superglue, nail polish, varnish and various other ideas I've read about. I did wonder if it would dry properly or remain sticky but it's dried smooth, shiny and rock hard - but not noisy on the track, which was surprising.

I'm now thinking of doing a few other cars as a quick and cheap alternative to 'no grip' tyres, particularly where the correct size isn't available anyway - and without all the noxious fumes from Superglue or nail polish.

Any thoughts as to why NOT to?
[+] 1 member Likes Top Down's post

If it's not having any adverse effects on the tyres themselves, I'd say to go for it !

Doesn't seem to.

I have several second hand racers that have had the fronts treated in some way and most are in poor condition, looking like snakes shedding their skin.

Will probably be fine, anything shiny that will adhere to tyres should work. All treatments will wear out eventually though. I don't have a problem with the smell of nail varnish and it lasts a very long time before needing to be reapplied. Don't see the point in buying zero grip tyres as stock ones are easy to treat for virtually no cost. Most Scalextric tyres don't even need treatment as they have zero grip in the first place.
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Quote:Most Scalextric tyres don't even need treatment as they have zero grip in the first place.


Black nail varnish seems the best to me. Very trendy too if you are a goth.

Superglue never seems to go on evenly enough as it goes off too soon.

The nail varnish seems to last for ages but then I'm only using the cars at home most of the time. My serious racers all have independent front wheels anyway so not so important.
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(16th-Sep-19, 09:05 AM)CMOTD Wrote:  ...Most Scalextric tyres don't even need treatment as they have zero grip in the first place.

Especially those that are 20+ years old  Thumbup

Are we knocking Scalextric again?  Just like the other forum.

Of course 20 year old tyres have no grip - that applies to many brands not just Scalextric.

Yes Scalextric have produced some awful tyres in the past - as have AutoArt, Team Slot, SCX, Ninco etc.

But for the last 5 years or so Scalextric tyres, glued, trued and treated with a little 3-in-one oil are extremely good on Scalextric Sport track. By all means criticise their past efforts but actually now their tyres are pretty good. Trucks, Bentleys, BTCC - all grippy and fast.

[i]Slot cars are not life and death.  They are so much more than that[/i]  Cool
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I don't regard pointing out a well known deficiency of Scalextric cars as "knocking," merely perfectly justified criticism of one particular aspect of their product. There are some good things about their cars but tyres are not one of them. My experience is radically different to yours regarding the BTCC cars in particular.

I have 4 of them and this is what happened when I fired up the Honda straight out of the box - it refused to stay on the track for a single lap! Wheelspin all down the straight and slithered off into the scenery at every bend. I gave it a quick sanding to remove the shiny top surface which improved things a bit and it just managed to stay on with a best time of 7.5 seconds on my wooden track.
I then replaced the rears with some brand new Slot.It F22s and within a couple of laps it was down to 5.8 Seconds without really pushing it. Nearly 2 seconds difference is ridiculous on a 50ft lap! This is on an absolutely box standard car with no preparation at all. The other three cars were just the same so they all had the rears replaced.
This use of inadequate tyres is not restricted to Scalextric, other major manufacturers' efforts are often similar but Scalextric is definitely the worst. Why do they do it? Do they think the magnet hides all deficiencies in their product? Would it really be that difficult or expensive to put some decent rubber on them?

A few years ago Scalextric went to some of the major clubs to discuss ways of improving their product. The top complaint was rubbish tyres and the fact that they used non standard sizes so fitting after market ones was complicated and required axle/wheel replacement. Their response was to fit Slot.It compatible wheels thus admitting that their own tyres were inferior.

It should not be necessary for the normal, non enthusiast, buyer to learn the dark arts of tyre prep to stop a £40 car from falling off the track at every bend. It should also not be necessary to fit after market tyres just to get the thing to run properly. If Slot.It, NSR etc can make tyres that work fine without treatment then why can't Scalextric? To be fair Carrera and SCX tyres are not particularly great either but nowhere near as bad as these.
It didn't use to be like this - 70s Scalextric F1 cars had more than adequate grip without magnets and I have some with original tyres that grip perfectly well on my wood track more than 40 years later!

I usually use stock tyres turned down to suit if needed, or grab something suitable from my big box of ungrippy tires.
Clear nail varnish (quick dry) is the preferred treatment. I have heard of people using "Klear" floor shine, which I may try when the nail varnish runs out, as I believe I have a couple of bottles somewhere.

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