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Old 05-12-2009, 07:06 AM
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Hi,
I was wondering what is the best way of cleaning a nitro car
I saw some where on the web some guy took his servos out then with a spray bottle sprayed down his car with Rubbing alchohol then with compressed air sprayed down the car
it seemed to work for him!!
any other suggestions?
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Remove Radio
Remove Engine
Garden hose and simple green
Air Compressor
Spray Down with wd 40
Air compressor again
put her back together

When the wife is not looking and I'm going to replace bearing I use her dish washer.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by l3asher View Post
Remove Radio
Remove Engine
Garden hose and simple green
Air Compressor
Spray Down with wd 40
Air compressor again
put her back together

When the wife is not looking and I'm going to replace bearing I use her dish washer.
so the rubbing alcohol would not work???
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Originally Posted by trinbagonet View Post
so the rubbing alcohol would not work???
Denatured alcohol would work better.
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I use Simple Green Max in the spray bottle. Mixed 1:1 with water. Take out engine, electronics and fuel tank. Spray everything. Blow it off with the compressor. Mist WD40 on everything to keep water from settling anywhere. Blow that off with the compressor. Should be dry but smell a little bit like WD40.

From there I spray it with Maxima SC1 the night before a track day.
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You can try the O'Donnell Speed Wash
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Try the search button. In the last 2 weeks there are topics like these made
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yea Simple Green works great...
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Originally Posted by l3asher View Post
Remove Radio
Remove Engine
Garden hose and simple green
Air Compressor
Spray Down with wd 40
Air compressor again
put her back together

When the wife is not looking and I'm going to replace bearing I use her dish washer.
This is EXACTLY what I do too. Works like a champ. Car comes out looking like brand new ( plus a few scatches of course). Make sure you get the WD40 on right away though so the water doesn't ruin anything.
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guys

sorry but I don't get it

how do you get WATER not to damage the mechanical metal parts?

I keep reading about using H2O and seriously I wonder how you can just not prevent driving piles of rust...

Please help me here.

My method:
engine, tank out
sometimes radio tray out
brush most dust with a thick paintbrush
Use old toothbrush to remove harder stuff
spray WD40 on thick paintbrush
brush the car again with the WD'ed paintbrush
dry WD40 excedent with rag or paper towel

no H20, no rust, car looks new and is mechanically preserved. Some of the very recessed areas can still carry dust though.

Takes me 30/40mns.

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Originally Posted by l3asher View Post
Remove Radio
Remove Engine
Garden hose and simple green
Air Compressor
Spray Down with wd 40
Air compressor again
put her back together

When the wife is not looking and I'm going to replace bearing I use her dish washer.
+1 to this..

Best method, and super easy.
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i dont have air compressor and i dont feel right using water, so here's how i do it:

brush off as much dirt/mud as possible
remove radio tray and engine
brush off any remaning dirt/mud
wipe down with a small piece of sponge with oil.
put everything back and viola!
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Don't you get rust on the hing pins this way?
Water will get in there but WD40 might not and this will rust the pins in a day!
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-1 for h2o h20 = rust for sure unless you completly dismantle your rig! here is what i tried and love it two parts simple green to 3 parts denatured alcohol and a cap full of wd40 remove radio tray and engine brush any dust off spray down the car let sit for a few minutes then spray off with air compressor
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My way of cleaning off my MT.

1) Break a $2 part.
2) Order that part and $300 of other parts/radio stuff.
3) Take off transmission, radio tray, engine, front and rear shock towers, front and rear diffs, and suspension assemblies.
4) Rip a piece of cloth off of an old towel.
5) Spray with some WD40.
6) Spend next hour scrubbing.
7) Wait for parts to arrive, should take between 2 days and a week.
8) When parts arrive, scream like a little girl and hug deliveryman.
9) Stare at parts for 2 hours.
10) Reassemble.
11) Rinse and repeat.
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