Work area protection
Once you’ve dedicated yourself to RC cars as a hobby, you should know that cleaning and maintaining your vehicle come with the package. Soon enough, you’ll develop a cleaning routine and everything will be a lot easier.
Protecting your working area is one of the important steps in the whole cleaning process. No matter where you decide to clean your RC car, the area has to be neat and organized. You’ll find that, this way, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and hassle.
RC dirt bags were designed for this exact purpose. They’re water, nitro and oil proof and they’re made from a very good type of fabric. They help your work area stay clean, dry and tidy. Also, they give you plenty of room, so you can move around your RC car. Meanwhile, the dirt and mud you removed from your RC car will stay off from your table, carpet and clothes.
Cleaning and polishing your RC body
Every time you take your RC car out for a ride, the RC body gets more or less dirt on it. It can be mud, dirt or just dust. It doesn’t really matter. Even the slightest traces of dust need to be cleaned; otherwise the dirt and dust particles will accumulate and end up damaging your RC car.
However, cleaning your RC body isn’t really a big deal. You can simply rinse it with some cold water, to clean off most of the dirt. After you’ve removed the bigger chunks of dirt, wash the body in hot water, using a regular cleaning solution. This will remove grease, fuel and the remaining dirt. Rinse it off and let it dry.
Every once in a while you’ll want to polish your RC body, to make it look clean and shiny again. You can do this by using a regular glass cleaning agent and a piece of soft fabric. For painted ABS body shells, use special car polish, designed for acrylic paints.
Cleaning your RC chassis
This is probably the part that takes up most of your time, but it’s also the most important. Remember that it is possible to properly clean your chassis without stripping it down, but make sure you remove all the dirt. Otherwise, it can build up and end up damaging your RC car.
Here are some of the best methods to clean your RC chassis:
Use an air compressor – Sure, it’s expensive, but it saves you a lot of time and hassle. Compressed air helps you remove a lot of dirt, gravel or grit in practically no time. Generally, air compressors come with an air gun. Useful tip: denatured alcohol helps loosen the mud and dirt on your chassis, so try using some beforehand.
Water and soap – Before using water, make sure the electronic parts in your RC car are 100% waterproof. If they are, you can clean your RC chassis with hot water and some detergent. Never submerge the chassis in water! Otherwise, you might damage some very vulnerable parts, like the gear box or differentials. Useful tip: For places that are hard to reach, try using a toothbrush or a painter brush. After you’re done, rinse off the soap with cold water.
Brush- This is a quick option that you can try, when you don’t have any cleaning agents at hand. Make sure your brush is dry though. You’ll notice a lot of dirt comes off by simply brushing it off really well.
Wet wipes – Another thing you can use to clean your RC chassis are baby wipes or wet wipes. They’re not too expensive and they do a pretty good job at removing grease, dirt and everything else. You’ll never know when you need them, so it’s good to always carry a pack of them in your kit bag.
Special cleaners – there are many proprietary cleaners available on the market, so you can always just pick one of those to give your RC chassis a good clean. Before using these, it’s best to remove all the loose mud and gravel on your chassis using a compressor or just a brush. Be very careful when spraying this cleaner onto exposed wires or electric parts. Let it soak for a while, then wipe it off with a clean rag.