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Old 05-25-2004, 07:48 AM
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Hey guys, I was just wondering, what do you all use to clean that pesky glow fuel off of your planes. I know it is impossible to remove it all. As far as I know, any substance that could remove it all, could also damage the covering and plastic parts(ie paint thinner) I have tried using house-hold cleaners like fantastic and have also tried things like 99% alcohol prep-sol, but to no avail, any suggestions?
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Old 05-25-2004, 10:25 AM
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geeze, how clean are you trying to get it???

Most of use agree that household cleaners (Especially window cleaner with ammonia) works fine.
Old 05-25-2004, 10:31 AM
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you are not the first to ask the answer to this predicament,the answer is simple-anything with orange oil in it and a cloth.
Old 05-25-2004, 10:34 AM
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Starting fluid (ether) will remove ALL of it. It doesn't damage monokote, econokote, ultrakote, oracover, or coroplast. I can't vouch for any other covering. Just wet the rag and wipe, turning the cloth for a clean surface once in a while.
Old 05-25-2004, 10:50 AM
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Ammonia will break down monokote and the ahesive used on the backing; if you use a household cleaner, use one without ammonia. I've found that "Simple Green" mixed with water @ 10 to 1 and a little alcohol added to it works fantastic.
Old 05-25-2004, 11:28 AM
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Default RE: Cleaning questions

Ahh, thanks for the information. I will try all of those to see what ones work the best. And to answer the question about how clean I want it, I just want to get it clean enough so when I pick up the plane after cleaning it, my hand doesn't look like I just preformed an oil change,lol.
Thanks again for the info.
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Switch to 4-Strokes
Old 05-25-2004, 03:10 PM
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I use rubbing alchohol with a little Dawn mixed in. Works great!
Old 05-25-2004, 06:10 PM
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LOL, MinnFlyer...I DID do just that! Now I have 2 4-strokes, and only 1 2-stroke.
A RCV .91 CD
A OS FS 91
and an Enya SS .50
-I like the 4-stokes wayyy more.
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...I've also found that brake cleaner takes off everything....including the covering!
Old 05-25-2004, 07:57 PM
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I use diluted rubbing alcohol. Do not use 90% or 75%: mix it with water until the mixture is 50% alcohol w/ water. Get one of those spray bottles. Spray on the mix, rub it off with a paper towel. Nothing comes close, and will NOT damage any part of your plane.
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summer windshield washer fluid out of a plant mister spray bottle/paper towels.
Old 05-26-2004, 04:31 PM
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Thanks for all of the input guys.
Now I will be able to keep the fleet nice and clean!
Old 05-28-2004, 07:15 AM
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Baby wipes with lanolin work great, and leave you plane smelling fresh!
Old 05-28-2004, 05:16 PM
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MMMM, spring-time fresh airplane,lol.

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