Maintenance Matters

October 1998 Issue

A Stinkin’ Greasy Mess

Thatís what degreasing an aircraft belly is. Simple Green, ZepTeen and TR-1000 do the best job of it.

Itís probably just easier to ignore it but sooner or later, youíll have to slide under your airplane and confront the greasy mess on the belly. This is an exercise limited to lying on your back and swinging your arms wildly about your head, hopefully not in vain. Plan on getting wet and dirty.

Having the right cleaning material helps. In fact, picking an effective degreaser makes or breaks the entire job. Some wonít touch months of solidified goo while others will take it right off, along with most of the paint, not to mention the top surface of the underlying aluminum.

There are literally dozens if not hundreds of cleaning and degreasing products on the market. We didnít try them all...

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