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Old 07-10-2020, 11:14 AM   #1
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Are there any cleaner/degreaser products that I can use on my R/C stuff without causing issues with the plastics?

Iíd rather find something local that is easy to get vs ordering R/C cleaners on line and not having it when I need it.
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Old 07-10-2020, 11:45 AM   #2
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I use Mean Green which is the dollar store version of Simple Green. There's a big debate about it being safe for plastics and I've never read into it enough to know the scientific answer. I just know it works for me and has never caused an issue.


I had a thought. I know some use Maxima SC1 to renew the look of their RC plastics. It's made for motorcycle and ATV plastics. You could try that. But I know this Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner & Polish stuff works like a charm on motorcycle plastics. And it smells good to. I'd guess it would also work awesome on RC's, but I've never tried it.

http://www.originalbikespirits.com/p...leaner-polish/

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I use Foaming Cristal Simple Green. Available from several sources, including Amazon...but, Home Depot topically carries it for the lowest price.
According to the manufacturer, it should not be used on leather, suede, opals, or pearls. There's NOTHING about it not being safe to use on plastic.

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Old 07-10-2020, 03:41 PM   #4
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Simple green or whichever BIODEGRADABLE variant thereof should be perfect. But dilute it.

Heres why i would also recommend it:
I work in the av industry and we use fastfold projections screens where the surfaces are very thick and durable heavily plasticized vinyl. The only detergent ever recommended by a manufacturer was simple green. Diluted 1:10 or milder with water. Very mild. On the rear projection surfaces especially you can see the damage that wrong detergents cause. It washes the plasticizer out of the vinyl and you end up with shiny, oily looking spots. One wash with full strength simple green does the same. The surface also ends up shrinking more rapidly and it goes hard.

I use it diluted for tough cleaning only. For general plastic and rubber washing just dishwashing detergent.

Be careful. Overuse of simple green is bad for plastics.


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Bio-degradable 'Simple Green' cleans and softens tires as a added bonus...

I've never had a plastic problem with SG in fact I've used it for stripping model paint off polystyrene.

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Thanks guys, Iím mainly looking to clean up my Brushed E-Revo, itís been sitting since last summer in this condition and I want to start revitalizing it sometime this summer. I have most of what I need other than a Handful of pieces, the cleaner, and the funds to immediately drop in what I want to finish it up........which will include a VXL-6s system swap after driving my friendís 2.0 on the 4th.

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Old 07-13-2020, 11:18 AM   #7
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I love me some old school Simple Green. I buy it by the gallon concentrate. Ive never seen the foaming version.

Do any of u hose off your rigs? I never did back in the day but seem to get the impression some people do niw that most electronics are waterproof. Id worry about rusting screws etc... Whatís the scoop?
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Dish soap and hot water is all I've ever needed.
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Do any of u hose off your rigs? I never did back in the day but seem to get the impression some people do niw that most electronics are waterproof. Id worry about rusting screws etc... Whatís the scoop?
When I hose mine off I, I use compressed air (at low pressure~30-60psi) to dry the screw heads.

Or I've hit them with WD40 on a Qtip a couple times but that a bit tedious..
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I forgot who posted it on the gram, but someone used some type of foaming degreaser from Home Depot. Spray on, and watch it just drip off clean. Electronics safe too apparently. It wasn't simple green, but if I remember the name of it, I'll post it here.
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Simple green or whichever BIODEGRADABLE variant thereof should be perfect. But dilute it.

Heres why i would also recommend it:
I work in the av industry and we use fastfold projections screens where the surfaces are very thick and durable heavily plasticized vinyl. The only detergent ever recommended by a manufacturer was simple green. Diluted 1:10 or milder with water. Very mild. On the rear projection surfaces especially you can see the damage that wrong detergents cause. It washes the plasticizer out of the vinyl and you end up with shiny, oily looking spots. One wash with full strength simple green does the same. The surface also ends up shrinking more rapidly and it goes hard.

I use it diluted for tough cleaning only. For general plastic and rubber washing just dishwashing detergent.

Be careful. Overuse of simple green is bad for plastics.
Simple Green claims to be safe for plastics. I am not sure why the manufacturer would recommend Simple Green if it could potentially damage the screens. That's contradictory. I know you gave the caveat that it needs to be diluted, but still doesn't make sense to me. That's putting a lot of faith in the end user to actually follow directions.
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One trick I picked up when I used to take turds to car shows was mop and glow. It will make inner fender liners and mudflaps shine like new. Also makes keeping them clean a breeze, dirt/mud just washed right off.
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I've used Maxima SC1 on my RC stuff and it really shines up the plastic. I use a small 1" paint brush to get it into the cracks and carnnies. I have never seen any indication of it hurting the plastic. It also seems to help with dirt not sticking. I'm going to give Bike Spirits a try as it's about 1/2 the price of SC1
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Simple green, or another degreaser and silicone spray to give it that brand new shine.
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Simple Green claims to be safe for plastics. I am not sure why the manufacturer would recommend Simple Green if it could potentially damage the screens. That's contradictory. I know you gave the caveat that it needs to be diluted, but still doesn't make sense to me. That's putting a lot of faith in the end user to actually follow directions.

Da-Liteís firs recommendation is just lukewarm water. But that doesnít remove the dirty fingerprints left by strike crews.

It is a very unique plastic/vinyl though. But still. You can see that the plasticizer has been washed out of it on the rear surfaces.


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For my dirtbike and ATV nothing works better and is cheaper than Shout diluted in water.
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