How do you clean your RC?

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I tried finding videos on this and they are YEARS old and most were using WD40. What is suitable solvent? Do you remove the seals? I saw a few that did and a few that didn't. Also what is typically used to oil or grease the bearing afterwards?
You just cant service rubber sealed BB's unless you remove the seals. Use an Exacto knife. There's a learning curve to their removal. But they just have to be opened up to flush solvent and debris and relube with grease. No short cuts here at all. Properly done they will feel like new and be given a second life. To soak them with the seals 'On' is an absolute waste of time. Don't even bother. Will do more harm than any good.
With seals left On, better off just wiping off the outside and place a drop of oil onto the BB and hope that penetrates enough to keep the BB going a bit longer. Then just have a spare set of BB's to replace more frequently. :cool:

edit: I use a automotive brake solvent to clean bearings. Some say its too strong. Citrus cleaner is an ECO friendly solution also. But always wear gloves if feel the need. Brake solvent is much quicker and evaporates quick leaving no resido. Bearing needs to be flushed of what ever solvent you choose prior to lubing with grease or oil. Fill BB with 1/3 grease at most. One or 2 drops of oil if that is your choice. Spin them by hand and examine results. (Never spin a dry unlubed BB fast, immediate wear results to the balls and cage when dry). Then replace rubber seals last.
 
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I don't think dirt makes it go faster, but sure does LOOK faster just sitting on the shelf..:ROFLMAO:

But its true.?‍♂️:LOL:
 
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Still seems reasonable, I think I paid $5.95. There are times when they have a box of 6 (or more) on sale. Depends how many you need per season.
 

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Waiting for caked on mud/debris to dry, I don't like to do it, as it is a gamble. Some tappin', and whackin' with paint brush handles on the bottom of chassis, arms, and wheels takes place if needed to knock off the heaviest stuck on stuff. Follow up with some compressed air. A spray of water/Simple Green 1:1 , or foaming Simple Green is applied, wait, then compressed air. Sometimes another round of Simple Green, and compressed air. Everything is then followed up with your favorite plastic conditioner (I like WD-40 Specialist Silicone).

I don't know where I first saw it, but Simple Green Foaming Crystal Industrial Cleaner & Degreaser is getting a very good "rep" around the interwebs.
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I had to try it. A couple of weeks ago the package arrived (damaged). Well, I'm hooked! It's a good thing, 'cause I couldn't find the single cans of the foaming stuff anywhere... I had to buy a case of it.

I normally don't take my RCs out in muck. Once in awhile I'll get a wild hair up my rear end, and go for it. It was above 50*F outside; tired of being cooped up inside, and my buggy was calling me to do some track bashin'. There were leaves covering a corner of my track. Just so happens that the corner was filled with water. A couple of rounds later... it was too late.
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Fifteen minutes later, and walking back to the house, I tried to sling off the mud as much as possible... WOT through the grass.
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This is the part I hate... taking off the lid to see what's inside.
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My hands were covered in crap as I really wished I had gotten some shots of the Simple Green doing it's thing... foaming. Y'all seen the stuff in action anyways. Mind you, I pushed off the large chunks of caked on crap before I started spraying the Simple Green in a can. I don't have a waterproof servo, so I took care not to oversaturate it. After a round of the foaming Simple Green, and air (lots of air), I hit the chassis with another round of foaming Simple Green. Letting the foam bubble away for 10 minutes, and blasting the nooks and crannies with lots of air, then I sprayed everything down with some WD-40 Specialist Silicone Lubricant.
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That's a real nice Tekno. Like magic it's clean again.:)
 

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Earl Morehead recommended using 3D Instant Shine as a finish conditioner so will be trying a bit of that sometime. Leaves a nice new complexion on the works but wondering if it's safe to use a lot due to the aromatic hydrocarbons...
 
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Has anyone experimented with using a steamer to clean their rigs? I think I have seen Raz clean his Infraction like this, but couldn't find the video to look back at. This one came across on sale at Best Buy, just thought I'd ask here if anyone else has tried this.

Looked through the thread, didn't see any mention of it.
 

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I have only beed driving in snow and wet conditions so far, as I only have had my car for a week (almost), and the weather here in Norway is quite poor these days.
After each run I have wiped the car down, then put it on the heated floor in the laundry room, with a shoe dryer blowing hot air in to the car. It dries up very quick! I have also sprayed WD40 in the strategic places to get rid of water fast. After that, excessive oil is wiped off. Then I go over the car with sewing machine oil and lubricates all the joints and bearings, and cleans it the best I can. Drying takes about an hour, but I put a total of 30 minutes of labour in to the job. It doesn't take very long.
 

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CowRC products work very well ! 😎
 
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