Maintenance Matters

May 2010 Issue

Belly Degreasers: Arrow-Magnolia, Simple Green

All the products we tried get the job done. But we prefer the milder soap-type products over aggressive chemical solvents. Belly grease just isnít that hard to remove.

The underside of an airplane is out of sight and thus usually out of mind until the owner peeks downstairs to check something. And there, in all its filthy resplendence, is a flying Super Fund site. How to clean it up? To find out, we recently tested a crate full of commercial cleaners designed if not specifically for this task, then for general degreasing and clean-up. Lasering right to the findings, all of them work, some are better than others, but the overarching consideration is to have a strategy to get this messy job done just frequently enough to keep the airplane clean without getting obsessive about it.

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