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Sep 05, 2012, 09:31 PM
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What is Best cleaning Product for Glow Engines

Hi, Guys
A year or two ago or maybe longer, their was an article in Flying Models, Fly RC, or Model Aviation about cleaning up Old Glow Engines. They suggested using a spray bottle product sold at Ace Hardware to remove old baked on fuel and lacquer stains.
Does anyone remember the article or name of the product ? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Sep 05, 2012, 10:14 PM
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I have heard of antifreeze in an old crock pot, then dip the engines in that.
Sep 05, 2012, 10:31 PM
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Yes. It's called "Dawn Power Dissolver". If you do not need to take the engine apart it works great on baked on oil and fuel. Brush it on. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Scrub the crud off and then rinse with water.

Do not let it sit on the engine for more than 15 minutes. It can discolor the aluminum. I have used it on old engines and left it on longer only because I was not concerned about discoloration.

The product can be hard to find. Many stores that carry Dawn products do not necessarily carry Power Dissolver. I found some at Wallmart. Your wife will like it to for cleaning those cruddy pots and pans.

The crock pot method also works well, just a little more hassle having to get a crock pot and then let it sit around with antifreeze in it.
Sep 05, 2012, 10:56 PM
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Yes it is Dawn Power Dissolver and it works really well too. You may have to use a old toothbrush on stuborn spots or built up stains. So it might need several applications. But it does wonders to make engines look nice again.

The old crock pot and anti-freeze method works good too.
Sep 05, 2012, 11:24 PM
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NEVER use your home crock pot with the anti freeze!! They don't come clean and you never want to use it again in the kitchen for cooking. One of my clubs got the crock pot and filled it with Glycol anti freeze, the old stuff, none of the tree hugger bunny kisser crap! Green doesn't work! The reason for the club having it was because unless you have a huge pile of engines that need cleaning it just isn't worth the trouble. I was rebuilding a lot of engines but have never felt the need to own a crock pot full of anti freeze for my own use.
For a couple of engines the Dawn is a great product. For a club then the crock pot is a fantastic item. We got ours for $5.00 at a garage sale. If you needed it then you just picked it up from a club officer along with the jug of anti freeze.
For the Dawn I bought a pack of small brass brushes at Harbor Freight.
Only time I ever clean the outside of an engine is during a rebuild. When in use I never give the outside of an engine a second thought. I have one friend that freaks out if one of his engines gets any baked on Castor Oil on it at all and it must be cleaned!!
Sep 06, 2012, 12:30 AM
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I've used a simple old cooking pan.. on an outdoor coleman type stove. Of course never to use the pan again for cooking.. but they're easier to come by then Crock-Pots.. ..probably about 50cents at a yard sale.... and I would never do this in the house either.. Using anti-freeze I just simmer the engine case for about 4 hrs. They come out much better then they go in.. thats for sure... its a very simple cleaner/agent.
Sep 11, 2012, 05:34 PM
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Hi, Guys
Thanks for all of the great ideas and suggestions. I will give them a try and let you know what works best for me.
Again, Thank You for your time.
Keep Them Flying ! Your new friend, Ken
Sep 12, 2012, 10:01 PM
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I keep a crockpot on my work bench with antifreeze in it. I use it enough to warrant keeping it there. Works great for heating up the crank case to press out and in bearings.
Sep 17, 2012, 08:53 PM
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I found if I just wipe the engine down with Simple Green before packing it up, the engine stays pretty darn clean. I have 2 gallons of glow though my OS this year and it still looks brand new.

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