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How to Clean Your RC Car

Article by Hunter Wick

No one wants a dirty RC car, right? Of course not, unless maybe that's just the way you like it! This article will explain two ways of how to correctly clean your RC car without harming it or making the cleaning process an all day event.

The first way is my personal favorite and the method that I use. This method involves simply blowing the car off with compressed air. This means virtually no disassembly is required and the electronics can be left on the vehicle. I like to be simple about it. Turn the compressor on, put on an attachment that allows you to blow air out, and then get to work! Spray over the whole car with the air, paying special attention to spots where the compressed air may not reach as well. I like to give a light, quick blow over the electronics, but make sure not to overdo it with them. It is possible to damage your electronics if you do blow too much compressed air onto them, but as long as you are careful you should be ok. After you have given the entire car a good blow over, go back and make sure the drivetrain is free of debris and free spinning. If not, locate the problem and fix it. However, keep in mind that this method means some nooks and crannies may not get cleaned as well as you would like because no disassembly is required. Obviously, it would be more effective if you take the extra step and disassemble the vehicle and then blow, but it's all about how much time you want to spend doing this.

The second method of cleaning your car is more time consuming, but much more efficient, providing your car with a much better cleaning. This method is what most racers use. This second method involves the complete disassembly of the car. Then, you will want to take each individual part and wash it with soap and warm water (rubber ducky is optional, but will make your car more comfortable). A little elbow grease in this step definitely won't hurt anything. Once everything has been washed squeaky clean, allow the parts to dry. Its fine to let the plastic pieces air dry, but it's a smart idea to dry all metal parts by hand as quickly as possible so as to avoid corrosion... in other words, rust. Lastly, re-assemble everything the way it was. You will want to make sure that you know how to re-assemble the car before taking it apart, so taking some detailed pictures might be a good idea before disassembly.

I hope that now you have a good understanding of how to clean your RC car. A clean car means that it looks better, performs better by improving the drivetrain's smoothness, and will improve the overall value of your car if you ever decide to sell it. So, which method will you chose?

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