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Old 08-13-2018, 10:07 AM
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Hey folks,

Curious what you use to clean your nitro engines?
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On the inside or the outside?!
Alcohol (both ethanol and methanol) works very well; WD-40 cleans well, and also kerosene or mineral spirits.
I would stick with alcohol though on the inside since fuel is alcohol based.
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Simple brake cleaner
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outside, my wife has some orange based cleaner that does a really good job with some hot water. internally i use brake cleaner and a plastic sponge if there is carbon built up
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Yes! This. Don't use anything else other than brake cleaner or get Nitro cleaner from TA emerald. One or the other is all you need.
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Cleaning gum/putty. Is pretty good. No risk of spraying anything on the bearings.

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I use simple green and a toothbrush. Nothing harsh needed.
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I use putty for the outside and nothing for the inside.. I'm one that never open his engines.... just how I do it
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Yes! This. Don't use anything else other than brake cleaner or get Nitro cleaner from TA emerald. One or the other is all you need.
I have TA EMERALD. So I can spray the inside with it as well? Even remove glow plug and spray inside? Thanks for responding everyone 🤘
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There is no need to clean the inside unless you are using a very agressive fuel resulting in a quick rust. Brake cleaner works OK on the inside but you need to oil everything afterwards with as example afterrun oil or an assembly oil.
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I have TA EMERALD. So I can spray the inside with it as well? Even remove glow plug and spray inside? Thanks for responding everyone 🤘
The few times i have actually "cleaned the inside of the engine, I have used either a brand new spray bottle or fuel bottle (to refill your car) and some nitro fuel and just sprayed the inside out. That the the safest as it in designed to literally be going through the motor and cleans quite well.
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Brake cleaner for me
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denatured alcohol only ....... no residue ... no water .....

nitro fuel works as well but leaves a mess

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Yes you can, it will work well if you have the nitro cleaner. Obviously everyone has their own products that they use, which should show you there is a vast variety of cleaning products you can use. Essentially, you just want something with no water, doesn't stick and leaves NO residue. A lot of what is suggested above is probably fine, but if you already have nitro cleaner I'd stick with that, exactly what you need.
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