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Akira

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Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« on: September 07, 2020, 10:21:02 PM »

Occasionally I manage to make a mistake  %% . No, really, I do. Like putting the superstructure aside while I work on the innards of my model, and completely forgetting about the smoke generator now leaking oil from the leaned over superstructure. Fortunately, mistakes like this are rare  {:-{ . Well, maybe not, but I like to think that they are.SO, does anyone have a suggestion for cleaning up, besides mopping up with paper towels, cotton, ect, standard commercial grade smoke oil? I am looking to something to help remove it from my paint, acrylic, without damaging it.
Hopefully i will not need this information TOO often.Thank you.
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2020, 11:48:01 PM »

You could try one of the Citrus cleaners.......[environmentally friendly with toxins from Petroleum]


The Acrylic is the question >>:-(  and even conventional cleaners with a very low volatile fluid content could dull the surface

For really difficult stains/oils........a gentle paste type cleaner will remove oil stains that the liquid cleaner missed....


Remember the Moh scale [hardness scale from School? 1= talc, 100 = diamond] this paste is I guess about 1.25]


This should only be used very gently over transfer material or the like...a large quantity of clean water is required to remove


How do I know the things?  {-) ......yes KP Duty.......


Derek


PS....these are also totally suitable for Auto Cellulose paints......however with all such tasks......trial a little first
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2020, 12:18:27 AM »

The first thing is prevention.  As soon as I come home from running my tug with a smoke generator I get my syringe with its piece of surgical tubing and suck out as much remaining smoke oil as possible.  The I turn the sign on the boat stand to indicate "Smoker Empty."   :-))   
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2020, 01:51:31 AM »

DerekWarner, Thanks for the suggestion. I have started with Simple green and will see how that does. So far it is not effecting the paint, but the finish was flat and my worry is that it won't still be when I am done. I guess that I can always re-paint it....
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2020, 03:07:33 AM »

What is a "commercial grade smoke oil" for a start please!  I have an old model or two with seuth smoke burners, very well they work too -they can spit a bit but even on a spill we're talking a few drops from a syringe.
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2020, 07:16:39 AM »

I use a product called "Elbow Grease" which seems to work well.  1 from Poundland (There's a surprise)  Have used it for years with no apparent side effects.
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2020, 07:21:37 AM »

glycol family of chemicals mixed with water normally
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2020, 10:29:58 AM »

On plastic / fiberglass areas I've found a very easy cleaner. Spray on furniture foam cleaner, the kind that is meant for soft furnishings like sofas. It picks up the dirt and grease very well. I spray on, wait no more than a minute and rinse off.
   I've used it on various model acrylics and humbrol gloss paint without a problem. It gets into all those difficult to clean bits around the fittings. Last year while refitting a fiberglass bull, I removed the motor and electrics then sprayed inside, it took two sessions to get all the old grease and oil from around the u/j area, but it did work well and easily.
  The only caveats are the obvious ones, only use It where you are happy to rinse with water,  and do a test first in case you're the unlucky type.
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2020, 06:13:22 PM »

I've had success cleaning steam railway locomotives with Deluxe Grime 2 Shine: https://www.hobbies.co.uk/model-aircraft/radio-control-aircraft/deluxe-materials-grime-2-shine-showroom-cleaning-foam
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2020, 08:24:35 PM »

AAAhhh,  Simple green and oven cleaners remove paint.
I use both to soak paint off of old models for repainting.
I would try a 409 type of cleaner, or maybe windex.In a pinch, Dawn dish washing soap diluted in a spray bottle.

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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2020, 10:01:37 PM »


   Try wheel cleaner..... utube tip!
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2020, 04:53:24 PM »

Baby wipes are pretty good for anything!
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Re: Cleaning up smoke oil from your model
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2020, 05:03:40 PM »

 
    True, including crude oil tanker spills & nuclear fall out! :-))
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