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HelicopterMain Discussion › what do you use to clean your nitro
04-07-2015 10:53 PM  3 years agoPost 1
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04-08-2015 12:03 AM  3 years agoPost 2
balsapro

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Alcohol

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04-08-2015 12:51 AM  3 years agoPost 3
ssmith512

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Yep. 91% isopropyl alcohol found at Walgreens or CVS. I put it in a spray bottle. Spray it all over the heli and wipe down with paper towels. Couple of drops of triflow on the tail shaft and mainshaft (at the swash) and good to go for the next day of flying.

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04-08-2015 12:57 AM  3 years agoPost 4
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This is the best stuff I've ever used:

http://www.wildcatfuels.com/xtremeClean.html

  

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04-08-2015 02:17 AM  3 years agoPost 5
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Good old rubbing alcohol! Sometimes I 50/50 alcohol with window cleaner and that works well also.

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04-08-2015 02:46 AM  3 years agoPost 6
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I keep my machines sparkling clean with brand new replacement parts, OFTEN!

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04-08-2015 02:48 AM  3 years agoPost 7
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Why?
My nitro helis don't last long enough to get dirty.

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04-08-2015 02:56 AM  3 years agoPost 8
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50% isopropyl alcohol or water diluted 50% isopropyl alcohol... In my experience the high concentrate like 91% sometimes will leave white cloudy stains on black carbon fiber. I've ruined a couple of sets of C/F paddles with 91%. If you use the alcohol a lot the diluted stuff is not as hard on the hands too.

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04-08-2015 02:57 AM  3 years agoPost 9
tyfast27

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You to huh(@ ticedoff8)? Lol good ol air hose with a blow nosel helps keep em clean as well!

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04-08-2015 03:08 AM  3 years agoPost 10
JEEPWORLD2002/2

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Simple green n u can save the Iso alcohol for cleaning wounds from the next cage flight/fight

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04-08-2015 03:27 AM  3 years agoPost 11
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91% alcohol in a spray bottle with liberal supply of paper towels and Q-tips.

Edit: I don't spray the bird down at all. Wash the muffler, main blades, tail, canopy, frame, skids, boom, and boom supports. The metal stuff with bearings is left alone or simply dirt removed with Q-tip.

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04-08-2015 03:46 AM  3 years agoPost 12
MikeSherman

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I never understood "washing" a nitro. If you do be mindful of bearings and sliding surfaces - keep them lubricated.

I wipe the drips and put her away wet and she likes it!

To each their own.

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04-08-2015 04:47 AM  3 years agoPost 13
Aaron29

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Most the time I just wipe the hanging goo with a paper towel and go. It's just going to slime again anyway.

The only frequent solvent cleaning I do is clean the shafts with an alcohol soaked rag, then relube them.

But other than that, I'm with some of the others, in that I thoroughly clean on an infrequent basis. Only for inspection. But I don't clean the bearings.
air hose with a blow nosel
I avoid this. I believe it does more harm than good pushing crap into bearings. IMO.

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04-08-2015 05:12 AM  3 years agoPost 14
drdot

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Fwiw...

Used 90%/10% mix of rubbing alcohol and simple green....worked great, nitro Helis or cars.....

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04-08-2015 05:33 AM  3 years agoPost 15
tyfast27

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Well Yea I guess you could blow the air intake full as well if your not careful so you must be very careful what direction and were you blow(I try and blow across the bearings and plug the air intake or remove the engine). Also I think one can never clean to much simply because it helps to locate any loose bolts or linkages that may be cropping up

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04-08-2015 05:49 AM  3 years agoPost 16
Str8wing

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I just wipe the goo off with an old rag dampened with rubbing alcohol (or just dry) and put it away for next time. The one thing I DO do is completely fill and then drain the fuel tank after the last flight of the day. The nitro and water vapor blown into the tank from the muffler tap creates nitric acid. Over time it will turn your clunk lines to goo...

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04-08-2015 05:58 AM  3 years agoPost 17
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If it turn your clunk line into goo you are not flying enough.....

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04-08-2015 06:54 AM  3 years agoPost 18
Aaron29

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It's the combustion acids, not the nitro, that kill your clunk line. So you can fill the tank and leave it full if you like (what I do). It's purged of that crap.

Fill and then empty is good, but whatever you do, don't just empty the tank after flying. Nitric acids are a killer.

Nice thread derail, so back on subject.

I've also seen simple green used to good effect. And windex. Bottom line is some sort of thin degreasing agent will get er done.

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04-08-2015 06:05 PM  3 years agoPost 19
BEAR

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I leave mine covered in crap they only ever seem to get so dirty and after that it doesn't show

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04-08-2015 06:20 PM  3 years agoPost 20
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Bottom line is don't use anything with Ammonia in it. If any over-spray of Ammonia hits electrical contacts can cause them to tarnish.

  

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