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Old 08-21-2002, 12:07 AM
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I had a fuel tank leak in my Midwest AeroStar 60. That weakened some of the wood on the front end of my fuselage and resulted in a dislodged firewall on a hard landing. Of course I just cut away and replaced the badly damaged wood, but how can I best dry out the rest of it? It's not bad enough to remove, but I think my glue joints for my repair will hold better if I get the surrounding areas completely dried out of any residual fuel. Thanks!
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K2R Spot Lifter will dry up the wood. It will dry up the oil and fuel to a dry powder that can be brushed off.
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You can also brush in a thickish slurry of alcohol and cornstarch, let dry, brush the powder off with a stiff brush, and finish with an alcohol rinse. Repeat if necessary. Dzl
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stick it in a bucket of floor dry for a few days
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What is floor dry?

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Yes what is floor Dry? I just bought a Cermark Pitts S2B and it is soaked.. I got it cheap and want to save the plane. It is soaked from the firewall back to behind the Canopy. What can I do to save the plane? I don't mind a little effort...

Any help would be appreaciated.

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Spray on K2R spot lifter (remover) and it will dry up the oil to a dry powder that can be brushed off. You can get K2R at grocery stores.
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Will the K2R work with gasoline and oil mixture also?
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Default Floor dry...

is basically "kitty litter".
Shops call it "floor dry" or "oil dry", and it's pretty good at absorbing most liquids.

It's basically dried clay with a high affinity for moisture... water, oil, gas, etc...

The method works well at removing moisture from just about anything.
(Though it's not as quick as K2R, or the alcohol/cornstarch methods)
You'd want to remove engine and all equipment, and fill the fuse with floor dry.
(Or place whatever it is, so that the floor dry will be in full contact with the wet part)
Leave several hours... overnight is best. Next morning, clean it up. It should be dry now.
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K2-R works the best for me! Its not very expensive and is in a spray can so you can get in all the crevices. Try it you"ll like it!
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Anyone know where to buy K2R around Raleigh NC?

I've Tried Walmart, Kmart, Super Kmart, Food Lion. No Luck
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K2R is pretty popular, you might try Walgreens, or some other larger drug chain.
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Yes, K2R works with gas/oil mix very well, as I found out on the second flight of my Sig Extra 300XS - the supplied tank split at the neck, and soaked the entire front of the plane. K2R'd it twice, and not even a fuel smell was left behind.

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Thanks,
I will try and find some tomorow at our local Wallmart.

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