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#1 Eddie Fleming

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 08:51 AM

Is anyone using something other than motor spray or contact cleaner spray to clean motors and chassis?


in particular I am looking for something a bit less harsh like Simple Green or a citrus cleaner.


What do you use?

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:01 AM

Lighter fluid. Won't harm anything I know of that we use, evaporates fast, inexpensive.

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:28 AM

VM&P Naphtha is the purest light petroleum distillate.

I often use Perc but that stuff is nasty.
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Posted 31 March 2017 - 10:35 AM

CRC QD from Wally's World.
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Posted 31 March 2017 - 02:01 PM

Naphtha or lighter fuel. Just don't do it when the motor is hot. Might crack the magnets.

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 05:17 PM

Years ago at a Turkey Nationals in KC I was practicing trying to get my car working for the race. This was back in the days when Dart gloo was the standard. Dart was so thin it was easy for the tires to throw lots of it up inside the rear of the body. 

So when my body got full of gloo, I shot a bunch of lighter fluid on it, gave it a quick wipe, and put the car back on the track to continue practice. Whereupon it immediately burst into flames - nothing quite prepares you for your car trailing fire a foot long as it exits the bank and heads into the deadman! I brought the car around to the driver's panel and managed to put out the fire with a combination of shop rags and heavy blowing. My car body may have been a little bit warped afterwards.

Moral of story: wipe all the lighter fluid off and wait for any residue to evaporate before attempting to operate on the track.  :sarcastic_hand:
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Posted 31 March 2017 - 07:05 PM

I've used Pure, CRC and Power Shot by DuraTrax with equal success.

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 10:35 AM



Thanks for the great visual this morning. It was good for a belly laugh!! :laugh2:


I'm sure it wasn't funny then, but it sure is now :laugh2:

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 03:27 PM

I used to use non chlorinated Brakleen with good results.

I'd stay away from stuff like simple green etc since you want it to dry fast without any residue.These days I find myself using a lot of 90% rubbing alcohol and have some in a squeeze bottle of sorts that has a straw to reach inside the motor.It gets the job done and is relatively benign as far as cleaning solvents go.

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