How to Make a Slot Car Track Sticky

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How to Make a Slot Car Track Sticky
Adding primer to slot car tracks will increase the traction of the car. (car image by Edvin selimovic from

Sticky slot car tracks add traction to the car tires, preventing cars from falling off the track. However, a sticky track doesn't guarantee that a car won't fall off the track. To provide the best traction on the track, both the tires and track should provide traction. To achieve maximum traction, spray the track with primer or buy silicon tires to add traction.

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Things you need

  • Lint roller
  • Primer paint (clear colour)
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Remove any track magnets if possible. The magnets on the track allow the car to grip, leaving the magnets in place while adding primer may damage the track itself.

  2. 2

    Use a lint roller to remove any excess lint or dust from the track. Removing lint and dust will prevent any particles from permanently sticking onto the track while applying the primer. Go over the track twice to ensure dust and lint is fully removed from the track.

  3. 3

    Use the paintbrush to apply the primer paint onto the track. Apply enough primer onto the track to add traction. Paint in one direction, either in a vertical or horizontal direction, to avoid paint streaks.

  4. 4

    Allow the primer to dry before racing on the track.

Tips and warnings

  • Most slot car tracks come prepainted with special primer paint to add grip to the track. Sanding the track may remove this grip and possibly damage the track. When sanding and painting the track, exercise caution to avoid any unnecessary damage.

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