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Old 04-12-2015, 06:37 AM
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Has anyone had any luck cleaning up a glow fuel spill inside a fuselage. Fuel tank stopper broke and I have a mess.
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Sure, most of us have. K2R spot removers sold at ACE hardware works. You have to spray it in, let it harden then clean it out, several times though. Kitty litter works too but the ground up litter at the bag bottom is best. One fellow here put it in a blender to chop it up finer. Mixing it with some alcohol helps a lot too. You just need to get the oil out of the wood. I have a plane that had the tank explode and the fuel went all the way back where I couldn't get to it and after a couple years there still isn't any damage or soft wood so don't over worry it too much.
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Such problems is why I always paint the inside of any glow fueled model with epoxy paint back to at least the aft end of the tank and always drill a weep hole at the lowest point in the fuselage beneath the tank.
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K2R used to be the "trick" until they changed the formula to protect the environment. Now it works, "sorta". Before it dried to a nice powder that was easy to brush out and vacuum up. Now it doesn't dry as well...stays a little gummy.
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Soak it with alcohol and cover it with corn starch or baby powder. The alcohol will evaporate through the baby powder and leave the oil in the powder. Cleaned up ;many a fuse with this method.
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Any thing to absorb the fuel...all the above are good. It will likely require more that one application of whatever product you use. I have used the kitty liter method, and yes it must be ground finer that it comes from the package to work. I filled the entire fuselage area that was soaked and let it set in the fuselage for about 2 weeks then cleaned it out and vacuumed it good. Clean up after is a chore but it saves the airframe.
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After the cleanup, I recommend fuel proofing the interior if you hope to keep the plane a long time. Even normal use without fuel tank spills cause the airframe to get fuel soaking in. I just recovered an ARF that I have been flying frequently for the past 7 years. I had fuel seeping in through the covering seams that I though would be impossible to happen. I coated the whole outside of the airframe with Balsarite. Inside the fuse, especially the forward part, should also be fuel proofed.
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Kitty Litter is what I use. Just dump it in and let it sit a week or so and it will pull it out. Good Luck, Dave
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When K2R changed their formula, I mixed some baby powder with acetone and made a paste. Spread it around nice and thick. After the Acetone evaporated, it pulled the oil into the baby powder. Then I took a paint brush and brushed all the baby powder out. It worked great for an engine compartment. You could use lacquer thinner in place of acetone also.

The acetone seems to thin out the oil in the wood, and as it evaporates, it pulls the thinned oil into the powder.


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