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Spice Cat05/01/2011 22:24:20
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Minor question but what do people recommend for getting the castor residue off an IC plane??
PS Going el*ctric is not an option.
Eck05/01/2011 22:30:33
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Do NOT use your tongue...I know it looks tasty an'all...resist temptation....use someone elses!
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator06/01/2011 00:45:03
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Believe it or not folks used to boil them! I've never tried this personally - and I don't know if I'd recommend it!
 
Easier is put the engine in a warmish oven, that will soften the castor residue and it will then come off if brushed with stiff toothbrush (an old one please) and a bit of solvent - white spirit or the like.
 
BEB
Ian Jones06/01/2011 04:07:28
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I use Tesco Value Baby Wipes after every session - cleans off fresh deposits very well. Dried on castor is another issue. The only thing I've had any success with is meths but the covering must be sound or it will unstick it.
 
I've not managed to get far with cleaning engines, scrubbing with a meths soaked toothbrush like BEB said has done some good but it's time consuming and I've always given up once the worst of it is off.

Edited By Ian Jones on 06/01/2011 04:08:29

GrumpyGnome06/01/2011 07:37:13
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BEB - not sure he wants to boil a whole plane
 
Second vote for baby wipes - I buy the real cheap ones in plastic pouches and they seem to do  a decent job. You don't get the pleasant aroma of the more xpensive ones though ...................
 
GG
Kozmyk06/01/2011 08:24:41
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Posted by Ian Jones on 06/01/2011 04:07:28:
. The only thing I've had any success with is meths but the covering must be sound or it will unstick it.
 
 
Have you tried isopropyl alcohol instead of meths?
It works well as a solvent but doesn't attack as many plastics as other solvents.
That's not to say it definitely Won't attack the covering but it's less likely to.
 
It was THE solvent for cleaning tape recorder heads because it wouldn't attack the resin holding the laminations together.
Iain Jeffrey06/01/2011 08:26:22
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Use baby wet wipes (cheap ones will do) to rub down the model after flying and dry off with kitchen towel, Fairy power spray works very well on baked castor on an I.C. engine, just follow insructions on the bottle, soak for a while and use a toothbrush to remove castor residue. May take a couple of goes but it works.
 
Iain.
ken anderson.06/01/2011 08:47:25
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i've used a good old scrubbing brush and bleach/meth's finished with warm soapy water......on a model covered with solartex........
 
     ken anderson    ne..1.
Peter Miller06/01/2011 08:53:03
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Mr Muscle Kitchen Cleaner.
 
Works a treat.
 
Even better, use a non castor based fuel.
 
For baked on castor on an engine use Betterware Non caustic carbon remover. Really does a perfect job and does not harm the aluminium

Edited By Peter Miller on 06/01/2011 08:54:37

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator06/01/2011 09:42:35
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Posted by GrumpyGnome on 06/01/2011 07:37:13:
BEB - not sure he wants to boil a whole plane
 
Second vote for baby wipes - I buy the real cheap ones in plastic pouches and they seem to do  a decent job. You don't get the pleasant aroma of the more xpensive ones though ...................
 
GG
 
Oppps! Sorry about that i12fly - my only defence is that it was quite late! I understood you to asking about getting baked in castor residue off an engine - not a plane!
 
Yeah - similar to the others. I have plastic water spray bottle in my flight box I use that with a J-cloth then a final wipe down with baby wipes after each session. (Then I clean the plane )
 
BEB
 
PS Note to self - must read post more carefully
Spice Cat06/01/2011 10:18:23
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Thanks for the help. My good lady wife is now mystified as to where the baby wipes have gone and why there is a plane in her washing machine.
Ian Jones06/01/2011 22:21:32
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Kozmyk,
 
Where do you get your isopropyl alcohol from? 
 
Last time I had my hands on some of that was about 1973 for cleaning the form feed sensors in IBM1403n1 line printers and the such like.
 
Thanks, Ian
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator07/01/2011 00:49:56
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Hi Ian,
 
Try Maplins under the brand name Servosol.
 
Most chemical suppliers can also do it - like Fishers Scientific.
 
If you don't need it very pure than ordinary "rubbing alcohol" that you can by from any chemists is 70% IPA.
 
BEB
Kozmyk07/01/2011 08:51:09
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I used to get it from the local chemists but now I get it much cheaper online.
I prefer to get the 90%-100% purity as it can then be used as a thinner for resins and is more useful for cleaning electrical contacts without the water content.
 
I has various names :-
Iso Propyl Alcohol
Isopropanol
Propan-2-ol
IPA
 
I got my last lot from here :

Servisol DO do a Servisol IPA 170 but that's the expensive way of buying it :
 
Servisol Super 10 switch cleaner is a different thing; containing a different solvent and additional lubricants. It is the mutts nuts for electrical contacts and potentiometer tracks. It may even remove castor oil residue, I haven't tried it for that purpose.
 
A BBC engineer turned me on to this stuff  Colclene, it leaves absolutely no residue.
It's what they cleaned their video tape heads with.
You have to be quick with it though as it evaporates FAST!
 
 

Edited By Kozmyk on 07/01/2011 08:51:44

Edited By Kozmyk on 07/01/2011 08:52:09

Ernie07/01/2011 09:34:16
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Hi guys
try a household cleaner that has orange in it.
ernie
Terence Lynock08/01/2011 16:54:35
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Oven cleaner........I use it to remove resin and other stuff off my TCT saw blades and it works great, very cheap too.
fly boy308/01/2011 17:42:16
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Some of my club members swear by washing up liquid ( a few drops) water and a few drops of windscreen washer.  Cheers
r6dan08/01/2011 18:23:15
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Posted by Terence Lynock on 08/01/2011 16:54:35:
Oven cleaner........I use it to remove resin and other stuff off my TCT saw blades and it works great, very cheap too.

 Aye, I use Mr Muscle foam oven cleaner on car parts and it brings `em up grand.

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