Frequently asked questions

How do I mount my tracks to my wall?

This is probably our number one question! And there are several different answers The "Nail Method" The simplest method is the old standard nail in the wall. Hold the track where you want it, put a few finish nails in a few strategic spots to hold the track up. Perfect for our 4" to 20" tracks.

3M Command Strips. This is our go to method for our medium 24" to 36" tracks. 3M Command strips are basically industrial velcro and are fairly quick to install as well as remove. Great for interior displays on smooth walls. Available at just about every big box store. (Be sure to read the installation instructions... you don't just stick them up on the wall and walk away)

Weld on tabs. We don't install tabs as standard practice due to the wide variety of ways and rotations that our tracks are displayed. We do however, have weld on tabs and standoffs that we can install for an additional fee.

3D Printed wall mounts. Our newest addition are 3D printed wall mounts that install with your choice of drywall anchor (#6 screw) Available in various depths and colors.

What's the difference between bare steel and Aluminium tracks?

Visually the bare steel and aluminium tracks are fairly similar. Side by side, the bare steel tracks are initially a little "brighter" in appearance. The aluminium tracks are roughly 1/2 of the weight of the steel tracks.. although even a 48" track is usually less than 12 lbs. The biggest difference is that the bare steel tracks WILL ultimately surface rust if left unpainted/uncoated. We DO use a metal protectant on all bare steel tracks to keep the moisture at bay during shipping and initial handling.

Cost... Materials are up quite a bit since we started cutting tracks. Aluminum is a bit more expensive than steel and a little more time consuming to process after cutting, so the cost difference reflects this.

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is a dry finishing process that uses a spray gun, which applies an electrostatic charge to the powder particles, which are then attracted to the grounded part (Picture dust attracted to a TV). After application of the powder coating, the parts enter a curing oven where, with the addition of heat, the coating provides a more durable finish than liquid paints can offer, while still providing an attractive finish. Powder coated products are more resistant to diminished coating quality as a result of impact, moisture, chemicals, ultraviolet light, and other extreme weather conditions. In turn, this reduces the risk of scratches, chipping, abrasions, corrosion, fading, and other wear issues. It's tough. It looks great. And it lasts a long, long time.

Why does it say 2-3 weeks to ship?

2020 UPDATE.... Order early!!! We've seen shipping times on Priority USPS 2-3 day shipments take as long as 3 weeks.

We carry very little inventory, especially for tracks over 12 inches in length. With so many sizes available and over 600 tracks and different configurations on file, just about every track is cut to order. While we do typically cut daily, we don't always have room on the sheet for tracks over 16" so we work in the larger tracks as we can. 48" tracks can take up an entire sheet on their own OR we may have to hold off cutting a few days for more small track orders to come in to fill out the sheet.
Another factor... on a good day, we're a 2 man crew. Typically "we" are a one man shop. On those days, Scott does all of the drawing, nesting, cutting, grinding and finishing, powder coat preparation and delivery/pickup, foam wrapping, packing and shipping in between the maintenance of the table and the shop. We also have our parent company, Izzy's Custom Cages, LLC and sister company, Cake's Metal Whimsies, a motorsport and metal fabrication shop and home decor business to process projects and orders.

Typically from mid-October through late December, we process orders MUCH faster. Occasionally even same day shipping on smaller tracks.

Why don't you have XYZ track listed?

We no longer list all of the tracks we have available. Rest assured, we have it on file or we'll draw it up for your order.

We used to have 50 or so great tracks listed but some that we didn't have listed would be popular, and some that we did have listed would barely sell at all. Logistically, with all of the available sizes, finishes, materials etc, it was just too much for us to keep up with. It was just easier to list the size, finish and have you let us know what track(s) you want to order. We have it or we'll draw it up if we don't.

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