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Old 06-26-2021, 08:02 AM
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Default Goo Gone...

Too windy to fly today so I decided to clean the large bug-catcher. Tried Nu Finish Rapid Shine Spray Polish and didn’t like it at all. For the heck of it I sprayed a little bit of Goo Gone on the wing, and Voilà, it does a nice job of removing stubborn bugs and leaves a great shine. I used a terry cloth towel for application…
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Old 06-26-2021, 08:10 AM
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Default Cool Tip...

I'll have to give that a try. I have been using WD-40 for the same purpose.
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Old 06-26-2021, 08:19 AM
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Vinegar and water 50-50. Spray on let sit for 2 minutes then wipe off with damp cloth.....PRESTO...al clean
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Old 06-26-2021, 08:27 AM
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Default Water

I use 100% distilled water in a spray bottle with a new/clean microfiber cloth and it seems to work well.

Every few flights I come back with some of that ceramic paint protection spray, which I think helps keep the bugs from sticking.
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Old 06-26-2021, 11:12 AM
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Motorcycle guys tell me they use water with 15% hydrogen peroxide. Suppose to bubble and loosen the bugs for simple wipe off.
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Old 06-26-2021, 12:08 PM
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Another old standard is water with just a touch of detergent to break the surface tension. Works good enough on fresh bugs, but...
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Old 06-26-2021, 04:28 PM
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I use Lemon Pledge on painted surface leading edges with good results. Been using it on my motorcycles for 30 years. I would be afraid to use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide on aluminum..
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Old 06-26-2021, 07:13 PM
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I have also been using lemon pledge for about 45 years with great results.
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Old 06-26-2021, 07:25 PM
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Simple Green Aviation formula is awesome for this. It would appear everyone uses something different. Lol
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Old 06-26-2021, 08:40 PM
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I use Lemon Pledge on painted surface leading edges with good results. Been using it on my motorcycles for 30 years. I would be afraid to use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide on aluminum..
I use pledge on my prop after every flight.
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