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Old 03-04-2008, 10:03 PM
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I went to fuel up my new Tower Trainer 40 today and it turns out there was a leak! Fuel got all over everything except the electronics. Does glow fuel damage the wood??? Thanks

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Old 03-04-2008, 10:10 PM
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yes, it will rot over time, When it happens to me, I pull every thing out, dry it up as much as possible use a little alchol on it wipe up again, it happens to me on arfs all the time, I hate there tanks sometimes, I just let it be wet alot of the time and fly the sucker. I think they make somthing that can help fuel soaked wood, I don't use it so don't know the name, hopfully someone can post telling you what it is. Its not gonna rui your airplane for life, reality is that you might not even own the airplane long enough for it to be a problem, I have had a trainer for 15 years, counltless full soaks and I don't even really notice it, the wood is dark and soft. it might not be good in high stress airplane though. Your trainer will be fine, watch it for breaks there. Have fun
Old 03-04-2008, 10:20 PM
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Default RE: Fuel Leak HELP!

One leak, soaked up as much as possible right away, is not going to hurt at all.
Long term exposure to nitro fuel and residue is where the trouble is.
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http://www.k2r.com.au/ this is an American product. Available in many stores. Spray it on the effected wood and let dry. Then brush off the residue.
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You need to find why the tank leaked. My recomendation is to pull the ARF tank and replace it with a Sullivan or Dubro tank. If you tighten the bung down to much, it will split the tank at the opening. The Sullivan and Dubro tanks are not as likely to split or leak. You may need to do a bit of sugery in the fuselage to get the replaement tank in, but it will be time well spent.

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Old 03-05-2008, 12:53 AM
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Default RE: Fuel Leak HELP!

The tank had a hole in it. I found it after removing. Must have happened when the tank was inserted. I will buy a new replacement tank this week. ARGH!!! Thanks for all the great answers thought! I just checked the plane and it is dry in all the ares that were soaked.

Oh and I use K2R on my clothes! Have a couple cans around the house so I will use that. Thanks
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Before putting the new tank in, use either thinned epoxy or finishing epoxy to coat the inside of the fuselage in the area of the tank. This will fuelproof the wood and prevent damage in the future when (not if) you develop another leak. Also drilling a small hole in the bottom of the fuselage will allow fuel to drain out of the compartment and act as a "tell-tale" to let you know if there is another fuel leak.

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Old 03-05-2008, 01:07 PM
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Default RE: Fuel Leak HELP!

When that happens to me I pull everthing out and pack it full with Kitty Litter and let it set a couple of days. Then shake/brush out the Kitty Litter. As a for thought, I always spray the inside with fuel proffer when putting things together.

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