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Old 09-01-2010, 08:14 AM   #1
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what is the best way to clean a truggy
Remove electronics and engine, wheels tires

Soak and scrub with simple green or similar cleaner

Hose it off

Blow off as much water as you can with compressed air (or a towel)

Coat with silicone spray to lubricate and prevent rust (wd-40)

Let dry

Get it dirty again, and repeat.
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A similar topic was started not long ago. But For the new i will give my take with the products I use.
Remove electronics and engine.
Dust off all the larger chunks
I use all Kalgard Products for the rest
Degreaser to start off.
Blast it with some water
30-30 to get the water off and air.
Prep and shine everything.
Proshine for the body.
Once clean and up kept I only need to knock off the dust and prep and shine.

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MY servos are high-end, meaning that they are sealed. my receiver box is too.
I cap off the carb. opening. I power-wash my intire truggy/truggies, never aiming directly at the servos, use air gun to blow off as much water as possible, then finnish off w/ a light coating of wd-40. done it this way for years...."show-room new".
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If you want to do it the right way...take it apart and clean parts individually, Inspect for wear/cracks and replace parts as needed.

Power washing or hosing off your car is imo the Cheater way and isn't very nice for your machine....IF your running in something like the 08 worlds in Charlotte You can cheat...but if your doing regular maintenance I feel its worth to take the time, take it apart and do it properly.

A Quality Paint brush will do wonder's in the pits for cleaning in between rounds....Don't Bother buying a Crappy brush as it will be a Poof Ball in no time, Quality brush's can be cleaned and used for years and years...My cleaning mix consists of Simple green with a 1/3 mix of water and Methyl Hydrate Alcohol.
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If you want to do it the right way...take it apart and clean parts individually, Inspect for wear/cracks and replace parts as needed.

Power washing or hosing off your car is imo the Cheater way and isn't very nice for your machine....IF your running in something like the 08 worlds in Charlotte You can cheat...but if your doing regular maintenance I feel its worth to take the time, take it apart and do it properly.

A Quality Paint brush will do wonder's in the pits for cleaning in between rounds....Don't Bother buying a Crappy brush as it will be a Poof Ball in no time, Quality brush's can be cleaned and used for years and years...My cleaning mix consists of Simple green with a 1/3 mix of water and Methyl Hydrate Alcohol.
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Take apart everything is best. At the end of the day of a big event ill even tear it apart but between rounds kalgard works great but you still need to check screws and look over the truck. I don't think you need a brush tho, tooth brush works gret too and cheap
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Im lost without my Brush at a Dusty track.

Remember Doug we don't all have Full facilities with compressor's and wash tubs.
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Im lost without my Brush at a Dusty track.

Remember Doug we don't all have Full facilities with compressor's and wash tubs.
Yep. Gotta have a brush....and a toothbrush! And when I win the lottery Ill get the full facility!
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Im lost without my Brush at a Dusty track.

Remember Doug we don't all have Full facilities with compressor's and wash tubs.
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hey btw r u coming back down 4 nc n feb
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Remove electronics and engine, wheels tires

Soak and scrub with simple green or similar cleaner

Hose it off

Blow off as much water as you can with compressed air (or a towel)

Coat with silicone spray to lubricate and prevent rust (wd-40)

Let dry

Get it dirty again, and repeat.

Whoa whoa, no WD-40 man. It contains mostly petroleum distillates which are harmful to plastics. The little bit of lubrication it contains quickly evaporates and leaves the distillates behind to eat away at plastic. It is not a silicone spray that you want to use.

Stuff like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Airsoft-Gun-Si.../dp/B000FX302M Is okay to use.

Some people say the 3 in 1 Silicone spray (in the yellow can) is okay but I would assume it's not much different from WD-40.
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funny, I am just finished cleaning my mbx6t. I do the wash/laundrey/bathtub. with a small bucket of soapy water (liquid tide is my fav) and a parts cleaning brush. soap and scrub; soft rinse (no high pressure spray); wipe and blow dry with compresser, caring not to blow near bearings. then off to maintainence, pulling hingepins and cleaning pivots. check ball ends and bearings are free. grease /and or clean cvds. if time for, do shocks and diffs.

ready for next race.

important to pull those hingepins to get any water/mud out of there. just nicer to pull apart a clean car on the bench than one encrusted with grime.

remove motor and radio tray beforehand of course.

No wd40, too harsh. not to mention simple green, that stuff is pretty caustic on metals. I found liquid laundry detergent and hot water to clean much better anyway.


don't understand you spray and prayers, does your suspension even move?
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I take engine, radio gear, and fuel tank out. Spray with simple green in sink and scrub with a toothbrush. Rinse off in sink with sprayer with VERY low pressure. Pat dry and put on air conditioner compressor outside(fan drys it well. Not sure what i'll do in the winter). Bring it in after its dry and spray cloth with WD-40 and wipe it down.

I feel like taking it apart each time wears things out. You'll tend to strip screws and plastics.
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1 part Denatured alcohol, 2 parts simplegreen and 1 WD-40 cap full of WD-40 into 1 gallon. A constant 100 PSI of a air compressor, toothbrush and a paint brush trimmed short and im good to go.

Oh yeah, pipe cleaners to get inbetween the head fins lol... Yes I have O.C.D...
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Since when is Simple Green caustic to anything?
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funny, I am just finished cleaning my mbx6t. I do the wash/laundrey/bathtub. with a small bucket of soapy water (liquid tide is my fav) and a parts cleaning brush. soap and scrub; soft rinse (no high pressure spray); wipe and blow dry with compresser, caring not to blow near bearings. then off to maintainence, pulling hingepins and cleaning pivots. check ball ends and bearings are free. grease /and or clean cvds. if time for, do shocks and diffs.

ready for next race.

important to pull those hingepins to get any water/mud out of there. just nicer to pull apart a clean car on the bench than one encrusted with grime.

remove motor and radio tray beforehand of course.

No wd40, too harsh. not to mention simple green, that stuff is pretty caustic on metals. I found liquid laundry detergent and hot water to clean much better anyway.


don't understand you spray and prayers, does your suspension even move?
i've been cleaning with simple green for the last 3 years and never noticed anything wrong with any metal part
i dont soak it with simple green and let it sit for days, this is how i clean my cars, i spray it with water, then spray it with simple green, wait 5 minutes, respray with water, dry it (air compressor) and Voila.... i then take the whole buggy/truggy/TC to its Kit format and rebuild from zero while checking all parts/ bearings/ building diffs/ checking screws/ hingpins and replace anything when in doubt ..

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