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Old 01-06-2019, 04:26 AM
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We are about to change the layout at our local track so I wanted to see if anyone could help with the issues we face with our dirt since we are starting fresh.

The dirt we have is almost clay-like once it's saturated with water. It cakes to the bottom of your shoes when it's wet/damp. But, if it doesnt rain for a while, it will start to crack on the surface and break off in chunks. The dirt provides low-med grip and is very dusty once cars start running on it.

We would like to add something to knock the dust down and enable the dirt to be able to groove.

We dont have dirt packers. We normally just change the layout with a bobcat. Smooth it out and soak it enough times so the dirt packs itself.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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the answer is very simple ... if the earth is clayey follow it with monster trucks, do not use the truggys with monster clothes if you can have fun with losi, savage, kyosho etc .. drive the kyosho mad force kruiser on clay soil that is soft in winter, but dry and dusty in summer is very funny.
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any non/ low corrosive commercial dust control product will be what you need,
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Track moist out of canada sales.. then theirs potassium nitrate . LOTS OF MONEY..... sugar depending on how big it is. at cash and carry 5 bags 50 pounds 60 bucks will do a 110 by 70 with a spreader the best way to save cash is run it like it is for two races then a light watering. to keep the dusty down. my track is great when damp and after it drys it turns to dust Good luck
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you can rent a motorized packer, it'll never groove without being packed down
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I think a packer will be necessary once the layout is complete. We were looking at MAG (magnesium chloride) but it might be too corrosive. Someone I know has access to fly ash. Seems like it would make the ground harder but not sure if it would work for R/C track purposes.

Looks like we can try a bottle of Dust Moist for about $100. Gonna look into purchasing a plate compactor as well. Should be what we need to get the track back up to a great finish.

Thanks for the help. If anyone else has ideas, please keep them coming!

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I use mag on my local track its harder on leather than anything else
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cheap white dishwashing or clothes washing soap is the cheapest.
Trac tac sells a product but its exspensive
Then Calcium is another option.
Cheap white dishsoap works the best
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Originally Posted by Ovaloldtimer View Post
cheap white dishwashing or clothes washing soap is the cheapest.
Trac tac sells a product but its exspensive
Then Calcium is another option.
Cheap white dishsoap works the best
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We use this: https://www.dustex.net

Track gets a bit abrasive, and it is a challenge to get it into the ground deep enough without making a mess...
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