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Old Feb 24, 2012, 01:27 PM
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Cleanup plane after build...

Hi, ive almost finished assembling my first ARF airframe and ive noticed there are a lot of finger and hand prints on the fuselage and wings, clearly from where i have been handling it!

I guess these could be glue remnants and grubby sticky hands...

Whats the best way to clean these without damaging the film or decals?
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Old Feb 24, 2012, 01:40 PM
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I've always used acetone (or you can borrow the wife/GF nail polish remover) to remove glue and misc gunk from covering and then follow up with window cleaner. Be careful with acetone on decals though. Window cleaner should be sufficient to clean them up.

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Old Feb 24, 2012, 01:54 PM
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thanks Joe, is that safe on the film covering? wont melt or discoluor?
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Old Feb 24, 2012, 01:57 PM
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I use a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and water. Works well for me.
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Old Feb 24, 2012, 02:38 PM
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acetone seems to melt most decals, I'd suggest not using it on them. I have never had it damage any covering ... uhm yet? After you clean it up, use some Pledge, sparingly to give it a gloss. Too much will be streaky and hard to polish up.
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Old Feb 24, 2012, 02:42 PM
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After you clean it up, use some Pledge, sparingly to give it a gloss.
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I've been using Pledge wipes on my motorcycle for everything but the seat. I haven't washed the bike with water since I started using the wipes and it sparkles. I've been thinking about using them on my planes too.

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Old Feb 24, 2012, 03:25 PM
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OK, just tried some nail polish remover (don't tell the wife!) and it works nicely. Although it doesn't seem to have any effect on epoxy overspill. I shall be more careful in future!

Will try the Pledge for a nice polish!
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Old Feb 24, 2012, 04:39 PM
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Epoxy, once dried, is a forever thing. If you catch it before that, warm water on a paper towel takes it right off.
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Old Feb 24, 2012, 04:59 PM
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ok, thanks.
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Old Mar 01, 2012, 04:34 PM
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You could try Mr Sheen, I believe his plane had a rather fetching sparkle as he flew around the tv screen
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Old Mar 01, 2012, 04:53 PM
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Indeed i did use Mr Sheen!
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