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Old 04-28-2003, 03:45 PM
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

I am trying to find a better recipe for cleaning the Monocote/Ultracote covered planes after flying. I have been experimenting with various levels of alcohol and ammonia and dishwashing detergent and I am still not satisfied. Maybe there are some obvious household chemicals that I could try. The ammonia seems to leave some residue behind. I am currently using about 1/3 ammonia and about 2/3 alcohol with a couple of teaspoons of non-ultra dishwashing detergent. This is a recipe that I got from one of the old timers at the field.

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Old 04-28-2003, 04:15 PM
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

You know, one of these days I will do a search BEFORE I post a question. I have found about 100 answers to the question. You don't need to reply unless you have some new that isn't baby wipes or denatured alcohol or window cleaner. I am going to try some of those suggestions and see what works best.

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Old 04-28-2003, 05:57 PM
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Default a cleaner

Dow-Corning "scrubbing bubbles" bathroom cleaner. Works great.

If you want to really finish it off, use Meguire's #2 for a final polish/wax.

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Beware cleaners containing ammonia. If it gets into your electronics (e.g., servos), you can wind up with severe corrosion.
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I use windshield washer fluid. 96cts. a gallon at walmart. Seems to work good.
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

I have been using 50/50, windshield washer fluid and denatured alcohol. This seems to work the best. I have tried all kinds of mixes using detergent and ammonia, and none of them clean streak free like the windshield washer and alcohol mix.

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Windex
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

The best thing I have seen right off the shelf is Fantastik Orange Action. It does a good job of cleaning off the oil and not leaving alot of streaks, but smells better than most.

Lest we forget about the lessons learned using our old beginner chemistry sets, do not mix ammonia with chlorine. This can also hold true with some other materials. Not only causing damage to the hardware but can become a toxic or volatile mix in the process.

Just a thought...

T.
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Pure $0.75 a bottle alcohol from the drug store. Throw it in a spray bottle and the residue goes BYE BYE!!!
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Blue windex,
if you are not still sure
see"my big, fat greek wedding"
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

5 cups water
1 cup alcohol
1/2 cup ammonia (household)
2 tsp detergent

I mix mine in a 2-liter soda bottle and refill a 2 oz. spray bottle (from CA activator) that I keep in my flight box.
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

I like most of us have try everything I can get my hands on and I personally think TFR (traffic film remover) is the best that stuff the car hand wash drive through use at a mix of 50 water to 1 TFR its economical as well
Old 05-06-2003, 04:37 AM
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

What's wrong with good old blue windex?

I get the generic ones in gallon container. Cheap, effective, non-toxic (except in Calif, where apparently everything but pure water causes birth defect) and best of all, smells great.
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windolene or windex and look at the shine many people have asked what i use
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ZEP window cleaner. Buy it at Home Depot. Comes concentrated. A $7 gallon will make 32 gallons of cleaner. Great all around cleaner. Cuts grease, nothing cheaper.
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"Sparkle" glass cleaner from Sear's hardware and a "touch" of "Simple Green"!
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what do u people use for the gas engines on fabric covering??? i ahve a fabric covered plane and runnign g23, the creud on it just doesn't wanna come outta the fabric
chris
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

Good question pinhead159.....I think I'm going to spray a coat of polyurathane on my Cub before I crank her up!

Jerry
Old 05-08-2003, 12:56 AM
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

if u are running coverite its not bad b/c its sealed( thats what my wings are out of on mine) but i used solartex on the fuse and it isn't sealed. also planes like the new h9 cub etc aren't. i don't wanna spray mine b/c i don't want it to glossy but who knows. guess it will stay with the "Weathered dirty look for now lol
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

I have the H9 Super Cub.....maybe 'flat' or 'Satin' Polyurathane?

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i wouldn't ahve a club what to pray it with. a firned of mine has the same cub w/ g26 and gunna test fly tomorrow morn. so we'll see how dirty it gets and hwo it comes back out.
he used to clean his fabric planes w/ the spray cloroz like used for counter tops but who knows. we'll see tomorrow what he uses
Chris
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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

Also, make sure don't use paper towels, it dulls the monokote finish. I use windex to clean my planes.
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WINDEX with (bounty) on gas and glow. just runway dirt with gas and we all know the deal with glow. thats why i'll never go back!

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Default Plane cleaning spray. What is the recipe?

man right now on my gas, its leavine lots of black spots, it won't come out either
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