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Old 11-22-2003, 09:06 PM   #1
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i spilled fuel, do i have to rebuild?

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as i was installing a new fueler, i some how pulled the tubing that come from the exhaust off the tank. the plane was inverted in a work stand, there was a little fuel in the tank, and guess what... when i looked fuel was pooled in the front of the fuse of my pitts. i dumped it out immediately.

my question is, does that constitute fuel soaked balsa? i can't seem to see any damaged wood, as i was pretty fast getting it out. i left a warm light on it to help dry fuel, if there was any. what needs to be done?

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Old 11-22-2003, 09:56 PM   #2
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should be ok.but thats why i lalways fuel proof those areas. i would say dry it out and keep an eye on it imho.good luck!!
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Old 11-23-2003, 04:17 AM   #3
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Plane should be OK, but spilling nectar of the gods does constitute 1 beating.
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If you can get a spot remover called K2R spray that where ever the fuel leaked. It drys as a white powder and you clean it off then apply again. Keep doing that till there is no evidence of fuel. It is the oils that will remain in the wood not the fuel itself. If you do not have access to K2R unscented talcum powder will do the same. Just put it on and leave it till it soaks up the oil. After you may want to fuel proof this area so it cannot happen again.

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Old 01-13-2004, 07:11 PM   #5
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Soaking up Glow Fuel

My trick is to use baking soda to soak up fuel. Just pour lots of baking soda in the fuselage and let it sit for a few days or a week. Depends on how soaked the wood is. Works for me.

I also fuel proof the inside of the fuse up to the leading edge of the wing. I use clear dope . It is very light.
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Old 01-14-2004, 07:24 AM   #6
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Fuel Soak

I also use K2R and the nice thing is you can spray into all those nooks and crannies :P Just let it dry for a while , then vacuum it up. Keep repeating'till she feels dry..then fuel proof!
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Old 01-14-2004, 08:42 AM   #7
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Another vote for K2R. DIfficult to locate, but well worth the search.

I had a similar problem with my Ultimate, worse as it went unnoticed for a while. K2R sucked the fuel right out of the wood.
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Old 01-14-2004, 08:51 AM   #8
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Just one other thing, if I may make a suggestion, if you spill fuel on unprotected balsa, use paper towel, bathroom tissue, etc to soak as much of it up as you can quickly. Then use the spray, baking soda or whatever but DON'T use a blow dryer or "a warm light" to try and dry it that way.

All the heat is going to do is quickly evaporate the alchohol and nitro, which really won't hurt your plane/wood. Heat will NOT evaporate the oil and will help it more quickly soak into the wood making it even harder to get rid of.

Many things can happen to cause a fuel leak/spill in planes. One of the best cures is to use good preventative measures. As has been suggested, I always coat the fuel compartment inside and the firewall both sides with 12 - 30 minute epoxy. Let it set up until just tacky and then go over it lightly with your heat gun which will smooth out the epoxy making it look like glass. This also thins the epoxy somewhat helping it again to soak into the wood and will also help the epoxy harden a bit faster.

It is always adviseable to remove ALL the fuel from your tank ANYTIME its going to be stored for any length of time. (After each flying session).

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Old 01-14-2004, 04:55 PM   #9
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wow, people are still writing in this thread

you know,
the internet, the free exchange of information that happens here in this forum is great. this is great. i like this a lot. what ever you need to know, you can find on the internet.

i started this back in november, and people are still coming with advice. everyones two cents on the subject is great.

the fact is, i was farting around with the tank, when i spilled the fuel. and i dumped out the fuel right away. i don't think there's any real damage, since it didn't get to sit and soak. but in my new guilt for being so careless minutes after the fact, (i was afraid that i had ruined a plane i didn't get to really enjoy yet) made me write in for experts advice, begging for forgiveness. i found it.

the internet, not just for porn anymore!
i do like to buy other peoples junk...

Bob the Builder is my pilot.

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