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Old 04-05-2009, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I see all kinds of posts about cleaning a buggy and they all say remove engine and electronics and then use simple green, or brush off, or use dishwasher, etc. on the chassis. I now have a nice sparkling clean chassis but the engine and electronics tray on my 8ight 2.0 are still nasty. What is the recommended way to clean the engine and the electronics tray? They are pretty dirty since I ran off the track and ended up in a mud puddle on my first race.
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for the radio tray just use a damp towel and get all the mud off, then once clean spray some wd40 on the towel and wipe it down.

for the engine, take off the air filter and plug the hole and spray it with nitro cleaner or denatured alcohol.
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for the radio tray just use a damp towel and get all the mud off, then once clean spray some wd40 on the towel and wipe it down.

for the engine, take off the air filter and plug the hole and spray it with nitro cleaner or denatured alcohol.
I always used rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush. How well does the denatured alcohol work, does it eat up plastic? Acetone seems to unless I mix it with a lot of rubing alcohol. Whats best to get dirt out of the screws on the bottom of the chassis?
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I use a pick to dig out the screws on the bottom of the chassis.

Denatured alcohol is plastic safe. Aceton can etch some plastics.
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dental picks you can get them at harbor frieght in like a 5 pack
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denatured cleans much better than rubbing alcohol...
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and denataured has no water so it does not damage bearings.
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and denataured has no water so it does not damage bearings.
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Denatured alcohol attracts moisture, so if it left on a metal surface, it will inhibit corrosion. Use Acetone instead or make sure to dry the surface completely if using alcohol.
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Denatured alcohol attracts moisture, so if it left on a metal surface, it will inhibit corrosion. Use Acetone instead or make sure to dry the surface completely if using alcohol.
well I guess I should use denatured for cleaning the car, and Acetone for cleaning the metal parts/bearings.??
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well I guess I should use denatured for cleaning the car, and Acetone for cleaning the metal parts/bearings.??
You can use alcohol, just don't leave it on there, for unless they are submerged for soaking. Acetone generally has more cutting power to get out gunk. Instead of WD40, we have been using Pledge on the plastic parts of the buggy. It clean off the dirt and leaves a nice polish wax that keeps the plastic from turning white. Also keeps the dry dust from sticking to the car. Plegde and a compressed air work great. Use a rag to wipe down the surface after using the Pledge and the car is generally left very clean.
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You can use alcohol, just don't leave it on there, for unless they are submerged for soaking. Acetone generally has more cutting power to get out gunk. Instead of WD40, we have been using Pledge on the plastic parts of the buggy. It clean off the dirt and leaves a nice polish wax that keeps the plastic from turning white. Also keeps the dry dust from sticking to the car. Plegde and a compressed air work great. Use a rag to wipe down the surface after using the Pledge and the car is generally left very clean.
Intresting dude, I have plenty of that laying around the house Gonnah give it a try, thanks !!

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You can use alcohol, just don't leave it on there, for unless they are submerged for soaking. Acetone generally has more cutting power to get out gunk. Instead of WD40, we have been using Pledge on the plastic parts of the buggy. It clean off the dirt and leaves a nice polish wax that keeps the plastic from turning white. Also keeps the dry dust from sticking to the car. Plegde and a compressed air work great. Use a rag to wipe down the surface after using the Pledge and the car is generally left very clean.
+1 for pledge. It also seems to make the next clean-up easier/repels dust. I do still use WD-40 on the outdrives, CV joints and bearings when cleaning.
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+1 for pledge. It also seems to make the next clean-up easier/repels dust. I do still use WD-40 on the outdrives, CV joints and bearings when cleaning.
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I don't know why I didn't think of the Denatured alcohol. I have a squirt bottle full that I use to clean my helicopters. I just got done cleaning it all and I have to admit it was easier than I thought and it looks pretty good.
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