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Old 07-16-2011, 01:16 AM
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Would you use this to clean the plastics parts on your car, kalguard and simple green aren't available where i live.
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:30 AM
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If you are talking about using wd40 to clean dirt off, no. I would use something else to clean that off. It is ok to spray with wd40 after you get the dirt off to make the plastic look new, but even then I would only do that if you had an air compressor to blow it off. Any excess left on will collect dirt bad. As for something else to clean the major dirt off, I would just get something like some type of grease cutter or maybe windex. Denatured alcohol works pretty good too.
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There is no need for simple green etc. Just use diluted degreaser, or hot soapy water, rinse and then blow off well with air. Follow with WD40 or Inox and blow off well again
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I use a plastc spray bottle with. 1/3 simple green, a 5 sec. blast of this stuff called PB Blaster (a better version of wd-40) then the rest water...I use to add denatured alochol too. no need for. this spray works great for me. I clean the whole truck....the real caked on oil stuff i blast it with nitro pray.
but i dont let my trucks sit for any lenth of time...And when I'm at the track i use my spray right b 4 go n back on the track. Pray the shocks, cvd's, sterring linkage, all moving part...it makes everything nice and loose /free.
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I use baby wipes lol.
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I wouldn't use WD-40 personally. I believe it's Solvent based and may not be good for cleaning. I know when we used to use it, we seemed to break lots of plastic parts (wishbones etc) and after we stopped using it and used GT85 instead....we didn't... Maybe it was coincidence....but maybe it did effect the plastics....
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I wouldn't reccomend any oily spray for your cars due to the clay mixing in with the oil and making a grinding paste which wears the parts like anything.

It doesn't matter how much you blow it off there will always be residue left in the hinge pin holes, ball links etc and it will wear the balls and shafts fast.

You are better off using simple green or whatever as long as it is not oily and the car will last way longer without the need to change parts all the time.
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I'm looking for a good rust proventer similiar to WD40 that doesn't leave a nasty oil film like WD40 any recommandations? I don't always have acess to compressed air trying to dry off WD40 with a towel is very time consuming!!
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I used to wash down my rc stuff with wd40 and or simple green, blow it out with air, i can garantee u all u are doing is forcing dirt into th bearings and sealed places.
Instead use a bruah a moist towel and air takes maybe 5 more minutes to clean up but u will spend less time reinspecting ur bearings and worry aboit rust settling in.
About the only time i used water and simple green then wd40 is when the car gets mud bogged and in that case does not make a difference. Its wet in the first place.
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I clean mine using a mix of simple green and wd-40.
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I used wd40 before, sprayed the truck down and wiped off access. The next day was a race and I kept losing screws. WD got in all the screw holes and they were vibrating out. Now I blow the truck off with air compressor, then wipe parts down with a damp cloth, and finally spray on a little pledge. Pledge is not oily like wd and it makes all your plastics look new again.
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Originally Posted by Mark_Australia View Post
There is no need for simple green etc. Just use diluted degreaser, or hot soapy water, rinse and then blow off well with air. Follow with WD40 or Inox and blow off well again
+1 thats what I do lucky work pays for the degreaser
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When it's clean already yes, before of course not.
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I was sceptical about the simple green / brush / hose down / WD40 and dry method too. But it works for me. No issues at all.
Don't forget to remove radio tray, engine, fuel tank, wheels and clean them separately.
I don't use a compressor either. I just feel it would push more crap further into all the nooks and crannies.

So in answer to your opening post. Use any form of detergent (car wash or dish wash is fine) to clean the car and plastics.
Use WD40 to prevent oxidation and lubricate. Getting WD on the plastics is safe in my experience.
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