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Jan 11, 2004, 05:17 PM
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Removing Castor Oil from Wood?


I am in the process of converting my Top Flite AT-6 Texan over to electric power, but some of the wood has castor oil soaked in to it. What is the best way to clean-up the wood? I have heard that acetone works, anyother ideas?


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Jan 11, 2004, 05:32 PM
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Question: How does one go about getting oil out of the balsa? I heard it can be done with 'K2R', where to find it?

Answer by James G. Branaum
Look for 'K2R' in the household cleaners isle of your local Albertsons.

Answer by Paul J. Burke
K2R is a very good oil-soaker; used after a fuel tank incident in fuselages, it does a good job. However, California has just -expanded- the list of illegal chemicals to keep us safe from ourselves.. I haven't seen any at Albertson's for close to a year.

Answer by Dr1Driver
K2R can be found in Wal-Mart. Glue will not stick to oily wood, and the wood will remain weak unless the oil is removed and the wood soaked with thin CA.

Answer by B C
We had a Lazy Bee that got oil soaked and from advice we used Corn Starch after using K2R with no results. Applying corn starch to the area and heating with covering iron the oil was gone!

Answer by Grain
If you can't find K2R then try mixing alcohol and corn starch together. Heavy on the alcohol, but not to the point of dripping. This will work, but it will take several applications if it is really bad.

Answer by ratman
I soak the affected area with rubbing alchohol then cover with a paper towel. then iron the paper towel till dry. repeat till the paper towel comes clean. will at least get it clean enough for the covering to stick.

Answer by Al Eastman
Get a bag of plain old kitty litter and bury the fuse for several days. Oil all gone!

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Jan 11, 2004, 05:34 PM
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Kitty litter is supposed to be good at this. I've always used lots and lots of isopropanol and plenty of paper towels. You can draw some of the oil from the wood with brown paper and a domestic iron. Just place the brown paper on the wood and iron at a low to moderate heat.

I'll move this thread to the Airplane Talk forum where you might get some more answers.

Good luck.

Jan 24, 2004, 06:22 PM
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fullers earth---its a fine powder used in some filters....dont know where youd get it in the states...try swimming pool suppliers
Jan 24, 2004, 06:45 PM
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Fire works

But on a more serious note
Fullers fullers earth is also known as
Diatomacious earth.

It is also nasty for your lungs and I don't think it will work
for this but give it a shot if you want.

Used to use it all the time when I ran a swimming pool.
Last edited by The Other Dave; Jan 24, 2004 at 06:52 PM.
Jan 25, 2004, 02:34 AM
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hi the other dave...i dont know what it does to your lungs..cant be as bad as smoking ...but it does work, either dry or as a slurry
Jan 26, 2004, 04:28 PM
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Well I would definitely use it as a slurry then.

What it does to your lungs.

Well picture thousands of tiny razor blades chewing on your
lung tissue.
Jan 26, 2004, 04:37 PM
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strange?? there are no warnings on the product when you buy it
Jan 26, 2004, 06:42 PM
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If you can't get fuller's earth try talcum powder, I used it very sucessfully to get diesel out of an airframe. The model had a smoke system that leaked.
I applied a layer about 1/4" thick and left it for a few months then I vacuumed it off again, job done.

Jan 27, 2004, 10:37 AM
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Well when I used to use diatomacious earth at the pool I ran
we were required to put on a dust filter per the MSDS.
Jan 27, 2004, 11:17 AM
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It's possible that the term Fuller's earth means different things in different countries. In the UK it is ground clay, not the same thing as diatomaceous earth at all.

Certainly the UK safety database for Fuller's Earth mentions only that it is a mild eye irritant and other than that says Toxicity N/A, Non-hazardous, Personal Protection required None. BTW kitty litter is fairly often made from Fuller's Earth.

Jan 27, 2004, 04:04 PM
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I can see how a clay substance would work. I mean people use it on their face to get out oil.

But you wouldn't use it in swimming pool filters.

The stuff used in swimming pool filters in the US is diatomacious earth, which is where I made the connection