Removing glued down flex track

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by RobL, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. RobL

    RobL New Member

    My Uncle is in the process of getting out of the hobby and has a very large layout with flex track that was glued down. He has offered the track to me, which has to be in the range of well over 500 linear feet as well as a ton of switches.

    Does anyone have any secret recipe for removing track that has been glued down without causing damage?

    This will save me a ton of $$$ if I am able to recycle and reuse his old track if it would be possible to remove it from the board easily.

  2. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

    Rob, do you know what kind of glue was used? Is the flex track fiber ties or plastic? What kind of material is it glued to?

  3. RobL

    RobL New Member


    The track is Atlas code 100, plastic ties. It was glued down with a diluted Elmers glue and water mix to homosote board.

  4. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Elmers glue is not waterproof. Soak it real good with water and it should come right up. Worked great for me when i removed my ballasted track.

  5. seanm

    seanm Member

    Lay paper towels over the track and then pour water on them. Let them soak and keep them wet for a day or so.. keep checking and eventually the track will come up. This only works for elmers white glue.
  6. RobL

    RobL New Member

    Thanks for the advice guys!! Reusing that much track should save me some significant dollars that I can put into other parts of the layout...

    I was expecting to have to create some oddball concoction of chemicals to remove the glue... thankfully good old H2O should do trick!

    Thanks again!
  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    How easy it comes up depends on how well you glued it down.
    And after you get it up you can have fun knocking th old ballast off. sign1

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