Cleaning Vinyl Clad Alloy TX Cases?

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Cleaning Vinyl Clad Alloy TX Cases?

Post by iflylilplanes » 23 Oct 2019, 22:24

I have a couple of the early 1970's Futaba square case transmitters, the ones with the built in charger and the beige vinyl coating, they were well used by pilots who flew glow engines, so the vinyl surfaces are almost black with dried castor oil grime.

I've tried Windex and Mr Mussel, to no avail, is there a solvent that will not melt the vinyl and still clean it?
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Dave

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Re: Cleaning Vinyl Clad Alloy TX Cases?

Post by PaulJ » 23 Oct 2019, 22:45

Installers of UPVC windows use a fantastic solvent cleaner which I now use for cleaning all sorts of things, including old vinyl clad transmitters. This was one to come up on ebay but there are many different brands and I am sure something similar will be available in Oz......

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Silversil-1L ... o7WgrPnb1Q

Paul

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Re: Cleaning Vinyl Clad Alloy TX Cases?

Post by Shaun » 23 Oct 2019, 23:10

I can second Paul's suggestion, I've also used a similar version of the product for uPVC windows on vinyl Tx's. Be careful if there are badges or decals etc as they can be ruined though.

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Re: Cleaning Vinyl Clad Alloy TX Cases?

Post by iflylilplanes » 24 Oct 2019, 03:07

You wont believe it, all the UPVc cleaners available are only located in the UK, maybe, plastic windows don't fair well in the Australian sun. I have some IPA I'll try and other window cleaners. The only UPVc cleaner I can find supplied in Oz is a polish for eye guards on fireman's helmets.

I will keep looking, Thanks,
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Dave

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Re: Cleaning Vinyl Clad Alloy TX Cases?

Post by Wayne_H » 24 Oct 2019, 12:25

Dave,

I've had good success with spray on whiteboard cleaner, but most recently I've been using Phil's suggested Bar Keepers Friend. I picked it up from a local Oz supplier on eBay for about $10 (from memory) delivered 8-)

PM me if you want more info.
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Wayne
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Re: Cleaning Vinyl Clad Alloy TX Cases?

Post by iflylilplanes » 24 Oct 2019, 23:45

Thanks Wayne,

I'll look into those products tonight.
Cheers,

Dave

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Re: Cleaning Vinyl Clad Alloy TX Cases?

Post by _AL_ » 25 Oct 2019, 10:27

Try Prepsol or Wax & Grease remover from an auto store.

Al

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