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Old 08-04-2007, 04:27 PM   #1

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Cleaning your truck.

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Hey guys, I was wondering what other people are using to clean their trucks. Is break cleaner good? Can I use soap and water around the front and rear, keeping away from electronics of course. How about "spray 9" is that good? I'd like to try other methods.

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Old 08-04-2007, 04:32 PM   #2
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i just go with the
wd 40 meth

you dust off your truck with the conpressed air spray on the wd40 then blow it all off
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Old 08-04-2007, 06:23 PM   #3
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to clean my truck i use a toothbrush and qtips for the small areas.
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Old 08-04-2007, 07:32 PM   #4
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Break cleaner is very bad. Some of them are corrosive and will melt the plastic and turn it white. Carb and throttle body cleaner is a very good alternative and costs 1/2 as much as nitro clean.

But, I buy the one gallon jug of heavy duty power wash detergent from Princess Auto for 12 bucks. Then I put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the chassis and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then, blow truck off with compressed air and the truck looks good as new. A gallon lasts me more than a season and is a very economical alterenative.
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Old 08-04-2007, 07:37 PM   #5
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I personally use simpe green and cleaning rags just spray the simple green on let it sit for a few minutes then use a damp cloth to wipe it off keeps everything nice and clean and is a automotive degreaser so really good at getting off the oil and crap from nitro and also great for cleaning the mud and such off shocks

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and FYI Spray 9 is an electronics cleaner (I use it for cleaning off the contacts on my cards in my computer when I do a complete cleaning once every month) it's something that if you're into computers or other electronics it's invaluable to have for RC I can't really see a use not on a nitro anyways maybe an electric for cleaning deans connectors or something
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Old 08-04-2007, 07:46 PM   #6
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paint brush,,,air compressor then some tire shine for the plastics and tires looks like a show truck
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Old 08-04-2007, 08:04 PM   #7
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I have tried all but the heavy duty power wash detergent (might look into that)

Brake cleaner did take some of the colour out of mine, and it made the air filter neck swell up. Never used that again. Only on the brake itself.

WD 40 is my preferd way. Hit the truck with the air compressor for the loose stuff, stiff bruch to knock even more off, air again. then WD 40, let it sat for ooohhhh 5min and then the air again, finish with a rag. Only takes about 20 min after a good day of eating dirt.

a toothbrush and qtips if you want it real clean.
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:37 AM   #8

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Thanks for the help guys. I guess the key is "compressor". Seems that everyone is using one. I was thinking of a method of cleaning the truck without dismantling it but looks like the safest way is to take the electronics off. Thanks for the info guys. Oh, but don't you want to stay away from degreasers? Wouldn't you risk the chance of degreasing the bearings if it comes on contact?
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:08 AM   #9
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hey guys i was wondering if i could use Carb and throttle body cleaner on my electric motors???? -Wes
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Id just use electronic cleaner.

I use throttle body and carb cleaner to clean my LST2 make the plastic side rails turn while and deform a bit. Same think happened to the gear box cover.....

For me I just rinse off the truck(not worried about my servos all servos are waterproof really, and my receiver box is pretty tight) then blow it off with comrpessed air then spray silicone lube all over. Makes it shine lubes and clean But for just light dust I just use compressed air no water.(also I plug my engine carb with a dust cover)
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