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Old 05-01-2006, 05:03 PM   #1
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I am using HPI nitro cleaner and im trying to find an alternative. A bottle of Nitro cleaner from my LHS is 5-7 dollars and they only last about a few days of driving. Im trying to find a alternative that i can either make myself or buy that would last longer. I remember reading something about making your own cleaner from alcohol but I don't know what goes into it. I also wanted to know how it worked compared to the aresol spray cans.

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denatured alcohol - 1 gallon is about $12
sprayer - about a buck
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Old 05-01-2006, 05:21 PM   #3
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does the denatured alcohol dry as quickly as the ones that come in spray bottles?
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they don't dry as fast but they clean as good as them. i use my air compressor with it to remove and blast off the dirt and excess alcohol.
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they don't dry as fast but they clean as good as them. i use my air compressor with it to remove and blast off the dirt and excess alcohol.
Plus you can saturate your electronics and be OK; however, try to avoid it.

The best nitro cleaner is an air compressor followed by the denatured alcohol.
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yup i use methylated spirits (its basically denatured alcohol) and an air compressor. the only thing ive noticed is that if it gets on the bearings it cleans them out and then they start to wear and get all notchy.
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The air compressor sounds good, but I dont have an air compressor. I tried looking some up and they are expensive. anyone have a cheap aircompressor rig setup? Im probally only going to use it for cleaning so I will only need somehthing small.
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Car brake cleaner or any engine cleaner will work real good. They are avaliable at you local Trak Auto, Kragen or Pep Boys for like $2 a can. Try to avoid spraying the body or else there goes your paint.
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Harbor Freight:
Fp2040
Cambell Hausfeld
$99 dollars

Can clean your RC car , its quiet , portable and you can of course air brush with it too , fill tires , use air tools etc etc.

I find it a little lacking for rc car cleaning but itll do the job.

You get this attachment from home depot.

http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...4+3966&pos=n24

And you buy denatured alcohol from home depot in the 12 dollar can and you can clean your car like no other.

You can also try other sorts of mixtures , there is a thread on how to clean your rc car posted awhile ago with a lot of methods. I finally ended up using this engine cleaning air tool and the denatured alcohol the best for everything and causes less trouble to electronics and metal.

You can also give your rc a couple of squirts of simple green before following up with denatured , but always use denatured alcohol to clean the rest off. You should also try breaking down the car some to really get into places..but the blast is so much stronger than any can and you have an unlimited supply of air so you can go in just use air. Or you can spray as much denatured as you like , the large can goes for awhile. I just picked up another two.
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or you can try:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=1102

just get an foot pump and either da or simple green and you are set!

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Harbor Freight:
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$99 dollars
Or you can bid on one of these, I believe I got mine from this same seller, for under $60 delivered. Works very well.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Campbell-Hausfeld-Air-Compressor-2-Gallon-Tank-NICE_W0QQitemZ7615180659QQcategoryZ22662QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem
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methanol - take out all electros and spray it on to loosen up the oil. let it dry and when it is, its just dust thats left on the car. use air compressor to blow them away.
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