LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby Nomore767 » Mon May 09, 2016 10:33 am

ct4me wrote:Wash Wax All, from Aerocosmetics has been my product of choice. Spray/Wipe. Works GREAT. There are several products in the line.
http://washwax.com/
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I use this stuff with great results. They have stuff of removing belly grease and stubborn spots. I find that if I do a little bit each time I fly, as well as remove the leading edge bugs, the airplane is in good shape most of the time.

Plexus has been excellent for windshield bugs and you only need a small amount.

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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby Flocker » Wed May 11, 2016 10:03 am

roger lee wrote:Composi Clean PH neutral for the skin. saves the paint and composites.


Are you referring to the Super Spray Wax product?

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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby MrMorden » Wed May 11, 2016 10:10 am

Flocker wrote:
roger lee wrote:Composi Clean PH neutral for the skin. saves the paint and composites.


Are you referring to the Super Spray Wax product?


Can't speak for Roger, but I use the Composiclean spray wax, and the bucket wash when I wash the whole airplane.

If bugs are particularly gnarly on the leading edges, I will spray with Oil Eater, and then they just wipe off. Then go back over those areas again with the spray wax, since Oil Eater probably strips that wax off. My airplane has stayed shiny that way.
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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby drseti » Wed May 11, 2016 10:30 am

I generally use motorcycle spray waxes and plexiglass cleaners. Same stuff as the aviation-specific products, at half the price.
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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby Flocker » Wed May 11, 2016 10:38 am

designrs wrote:One piece of advice. (Other opinions welcome.)
** Don't wash it! **
I found water and residue causes more problems than anything.
Spray and wipe cleaning products are best.


What kind of problems?

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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby designrs » Wed May 11, 2016 11:20 am

Water gets where it's not helpful or supposed to be. If it gets in the air vents it can make the carpets wet. Possible corrosion exposure. On some planes water can get under the cowling and cause problems with electric connections, such as those on the regulator. Water residue can leave all kinds of spotting on the paint and plexiglass. Etc. Spray and wipe products work just fine and no problems. They are also easy to regurally spot clean here and there, always keeping the plane in top shape.

I carefully washed my plane twice and regretted it... both times.
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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby MrMorden » Wed May 11, 2016 12:13 pm

I've washed the CTSW a few times. I've never had any problems. It's definitely important to watch where you spray the hose and how flaps, vents, etc are set to avoid water collecting where you don't want it. But on a CT at least, it doesn't seem to pose an issue.

Nothing wrong with just using spray products, but I would think it would be hard to get dust/pollen/grime off of everything that way. Or at least more time consuming. I use sprays 90% of the time, probably wash the plane once or twice a year.
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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby dstclair » Wed May 11, 2016 1:38 pm

I've had my LSA for about 8.5 years and have bucket washed 2 times (I think) and haven't done it all in the last 5 years. My plane is very shiny as well :-)

I use my favorite spray product after every flight on the leading edges, wheel pants, prop and the belly and also wipe down obvious dirty spots elsewhere. Takes around 5 minutes as part of my post flight. Around once a year, I do complete prop to tail spray wash. Never need to pull out a bucket.
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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby Wm.Ince » Thu May 12, 2016 9:52 am

Based upon your experience, any recommendations on a good leather upholstery cleaner/dressing?
I have tried a couple products but have not been too impressed. I don't think I have found the right one yet. Any help appreciated.
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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby 3Dreaming » Thu May 12, 2016 6:58 pm

Wm.Ince wrote:Based upon your experience, any recommendations on a good leather upholstery cleaner/dressing?
I have tried a couple products but have not been too impressed. I don't think I have found the right one yet. Any help appreciated.


My father is in the upholstery business, and swears by Lexol. I have used it and it work pretty good.

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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby Wm.Ince » Thu May 12, 2016 9:28 pm

3Dreaming wrote:My father is in the upholstery business, and swears by Lexol. I have used it and it work pretty good.
Thanks, I'll give it a try. :D
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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby MackAttack » Tue May 24, 2016 2:26 pm

This is a great thread... a couple questions.

I get ComposiClean for composite surfaces; what about aluminum surfaces? Same product? WashWaxAll? Not quite sure I get a clear sense of the right exterior cleaning product for an all-metal aircraft.

Thanks!
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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby Flocker » Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:48 pm

MackAttack wrote:This is a great thread... a couple questions.

I get ComposiClean for composite surfaces; what about aluminum surfaces? Same product? WashWaxAll? Not quite sure I get a clear sense of the right exterior cleaning product for an all-metal aircraft.

Thanks!
Joel


Composiclean's website states it can be used on composite, aluminum, and fabric.

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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby Ecoloqua » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:47 pm

I used to be into highline cars, (lost plenty of money with that hobby along the way but thats another story). I used to love detailing my own cars and I can say that over the years I tried just about everything out there. I learned about a product from the guys in the Porsche club called Rejex. It comes in a bottle and goes on like wax but its not a wax its a polymer coating. Apparently the Porsche guys got it from the aviation guys who use it on thier planes. Although it does produce a great shine the real benefit is that it produces an incredibly slick surface that bugs have a hard time sticking to. I would use it on the my cars and it worked great especially during the summer months. Would last about 6 months and the bugs just didnt stick. Not to sound like a commercial but this stuff works. Another great line of products is Zaino brothers.
Believe it or not Ace Hardware used to carry it, not sure if they still do. I bought mine off Amazon but Sportys sells it to.

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Re: LSA Cleaning & Detailing Products

Postby Wm.Ince » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:35 pm

Ecoloqua wrote: . . . "Although it does produce a great shine the real benefit is that it produces an incredibly slick surface that bugs have a hard time sticking to. I would use it on the my cars and it worked great especially during the summer months. Would last about 6 months and the bugs just didnt stick." . . .

Based upon the reviews I have read (of Rejex), there wasn't too much difference between this product from regular car wax. Furthermore, some users thought it was overpriced for what you get. YMMV.
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