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HelicopterMain Discussion › what do you use to clean your nitro
04-09-2015 12:57 AM  3 years agoPost 21
EEngineer

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Ammonia hits electrical contacts can cause them to tarnish.
With tin plated contacts, but not contacts that are gold plated.

Use Windex and paper towels, myself

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04-09-2015 02:10 AM  3 years agoPost 22
BobOD

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Clean? Why?

I donno...sometimes my shirt maybe.

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04-09-2015 03:27 AM  3 years agoPost 23
ICUR1-2

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I clean the canopy and blades and wipe off the drippings. just never understood why anyone completely cleans them.

my electrics have some rust, my nitro is rust free

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04-09-2015 03:34 AM  3 years agoPost 24
Gary Jenkins

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You should be careful you’re not washing the dirt into the bearing, electronic connectors, etc. The helicopter bearings usually only have shields and not sealed.

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04-09-2015 07:12 AM  3 years agoPost 25
whitehedr

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I use Windex or Simple Green sprayed on a paper towel to wipe down the canopy, blades, landing gear, tail boom including the skid and the tail blades of my N7. I just want to minimize the goo from dripping in unwanted places. I NEVER spray the cleaner directly on the aircraft.

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04-09-2015 02:32 PM  3 years agoPost 26
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I use a model cleaner that I developed at my company called Marty's Magic Model Cleaner. It was based on and then tweaked from a formula for a plastic/glass computer screen cleaner. I developed it specifically for use on Monokote beacuse the intent was to donate quarts of it to our local IMAC contest whcih I did for several years and I'm still working through the last couple of quarts.
Anything will work on our model airplanes other than strong solvents or ammonia. Reading this thread it looks like many use alcohol in one form or another.

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04-09-2015 05:50 PM  3 years agoPost 27
Aaron29

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You should be careful you’re not washing the dirt into the bearing, electronic connectors, etc. The helicopter bearings usually only have shields and not sealed.
+1

And this is why I infrequently clean.

And when I do, it's using a soaked paper towel, not spraying directly onto the heli. You can easily accidentally degrease a bearing, too, if you're spraying onto it.

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04-09-2015 06:09 PM  3 years agoPost 28
dchekas

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Walgreens sells a nice small spray bottle of 91% Isopropyl alcohol. Once I empty it, I refill it with 70%.

I clean my model at the end of every flying day with the alcohol and wipe with a microfiber towel. It's an opportunity for a forced inspection of the model as I'm cleaning it, and keeps the model looking good.

And working on a clean helicopter is far more pleasant then a dirty grimey one.

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04-09-2015 06:15 PM  3 years agoPost 29
ssmith512

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And working on a clean helicopter is far more pleasant then a dirty grimey one.
Amen!

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04-10-2015 04:55 AM  3 years agoPost 30
BobOD

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I don't even clean the bug splatters off the blades on my electrics. I consider each one a trophy.

Don't get that so much on my Nitros.

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04-10-2015 05:05 AM  3 years agoPost 31
EEngineer

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I consider each one a trophy.
What about grass stains?.....

I hate grass stains on the mains...don't even bother to clean that off......

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04-10-2015 11:31 PM  3 years agoPost 32
Tyler

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Back in the day we would put the plastic frames, cases, and other bits in the dishwasher to clean them during a rebuild session. Oh, the memories.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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04-12-2015 09:02 AM  3 years agoPost 33
HeliRyan

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Formula 409 works great for cutting nitro and not leaving that foggy look alcohol and some cleaners leave and inexpensive

I don't crash, I land at full speed!

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04-13-2015 05:31 AM  3 years agoPost 34
grim.the.grim

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I use a watered down citrous cleaner or Simple Green on the canopy. I use denatured alcohol on everything else. I have a 6 year old raptor and it still looks like I just built it. Just be careful to leave a little oil around the shaft and bearings.

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04-13-2015 05:44 AM  3 years agoPost 35
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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finished her off with armor all wiped it dry and detail her like i would a auto mobile shes ready to fly and get nasty-ed up thank you every one for your recommendations

the old black plastic looks like new money

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04-13-2015 06:18 AM  3 years agoPost 36
Aaron29

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ready to fly and get nasty-ed up
Exactly why I seldomly clean. What's the point?

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04-13-2015 06:23 AM  3 years agoPost 37
EEngineer

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It looks nice and clean.....like it....

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04-13-2015 08:15 AM  3 years agoPost 38
MD Helicopters

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When I used to fly nitro, I always cleaned with denatured alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol has water in it, hence the 70%/91%, the other 30%/9% is water and not good.

denatured alcohol is petroleum safe and won't eat away at grease and is 100% electronics safe.

I used to hang them in the garage, hose them down from nose to tail and that's it.

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04-13-2015 08:25 AM  3 years agoPost 39
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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Aaron29
ready to fly and get nasty-ed up
Exactly why I seldomly clean. What's the point?
if you allow the dirt to build up it will take longer to clean
keep it clean and its always easy to clean

Insha Allah made in america

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04-13-2015 08:52 AM  3 years agoPost 40
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Kinda like a bathroom....

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