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Old 09-20-2007, 08:53 AM
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Default Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

Read, for the first time, that Windex may not be good for cleaning. Is true? If so, what does everyone recommend? Thanks.
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

I get the Walmart generic glass cleaner refill, much cheaper than Windex, works for me.
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

Better than Windex?

Yup.
Water cut with 25% Windex. The percentage differs depending on how much castor is in the fuel.
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

The only problem with Windex is that it contains ammonia. If it seaps under Monokote (this does not apply to UltraCote) the ammonia can weaken the adhesive and the monokote can lift up. In my experience if the covering job is done correclty windex, or anything else, will not seap underneath. This is usually a problem with ARF's where the covering is less than perfect. But if the modeler goes over the covering and seals it down when they get the plane this problem will go away.

Now for what I use to clean. I use windshield washer fluid with a little bit of Dawn liquid dishwashing soap in it. I use this because of cost and it works well. For just about a buck I have enough to last for an entire flying season.

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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

Get one of those small plastic "cans" of baby wipes. They remove the gunk from the plane and your hands, you don't need to carry paper towels because they're already in there, and you'll go home smelling better than nitro fuel and castor oil. I know it's a great smell, but does your wife / girlfriend appreciate it?
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

Ken, and you said your weren't cheap.
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At home depot...the Zep Citrus Cleaner. Cuts right through the oil and leaves a nice shine on the plane/
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Ken, and you said your weren't cheap.


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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

I buy the cheap glass cleaner from Walmart as well but I use a microfiber towel instead of paper. It works so much better and cuts through the grease with less wiping. Almost all my planes are coroplast so I could care less about the ammonia doing any damage.
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Ken, and you said your weren't cheap.


Ken
I can tell when he goes to the hobby shop - you can hear the rust falling off the squeaky hinges when he opens his wallet all the way up here..........
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Ken, and you said your weren't cheap.


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I can tell when he goes to the hobby shop - you can hear the rust falling off the squeaky hinges when he opens his wallet all the way up here..........
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I like the baby wipes, they remove the oil good and it's less stuff to carry, The only problem is they leave a little bit of like fuss behind
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

1/2 cup of simple green and then filled with water, in a quart sprayer, seems to work just fine.
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I buy the cheap glass cleaner from Walmart as well but I use a microfiber towel instead of paper. It works so much better and cuts through the grease with less wiping. Almost all my planes are coroplast so I could care less about the ammonia doing any damage.
Yep, microfiber rags. Wouldn't use anything else.
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Microfiber rags ? What's that exactly and where do you buy it ?

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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

I saw them at the grocery in the dish towel section. I haven't tried them yet. They're real soft but a little pricey. Five bucks each or so.
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

I get my microfiber cloths at the local dollar store for a buck. I use watered down Simple Green cleaner. Works superbly!
Old 09-25-2007, 08:31 AM
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

Thanks guys. Looks like lots of options to Windex.
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

I have switched from paper towels to shop towels, just buy them at Wallmart. Its more expensive per roll but the roll goes much further. The stuff is softer so doesn't scratch the finish, soaks up more and it doesn't fall apart like paper towels.
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

I use alcohol in a spray bottle, plane and simple. Works great.
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

I use Windex or the grocery store brand. I believe the secrete is the brand of towel used. Viva are the best that I have found. Just try them and see.

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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

I like alcohol, too, but I usually start with Windex (or any blue liquid I run across in the kitchen) to get most of the gunk, and then finish with alcohol.

Paper towels might clean slightly better, but paper contains hard fibers that can leave tiny scratches on a painted or plastic surface. Cloth doesn't. Or so I've been told.

I think the dangers of Windex are overrated. They've been backing off on the ammonia content for years, leaving in only enough to smell, and that doesn't take much. As a test, soak a square of Monokote in a cup of pure Windex. The glue won't even begin to get tacky, even if you leave it there overnight.

OTOH, if you applied your Monokote-on-Monokote graphics with Windex and didn't seal the edges with something like Monokote solvent, then I could see where excess Windex might lift the graphics.
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

Simple Green and water. Cuts grease and smells great! Can't get much simpler.
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Default RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

Windshield washer solvent, bug and tar formula. Doesn't leave a residue. When you guys say microfiber towels, are you talking about the red shop rags? Have been looking for an alternative to paper towels.
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The shop towels that I am using (and am happy with) from Walmart are a light blue color.

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