Removing Oil from Soaked Balsa

Good Morning. I recently purchased a used trainer, and I noticed that the MonoKote wasn't adhering to the bottom of the front of the fuselage
(beneath the engine bay). I peeled the MonoKote off from this area, and noticed that the whole bottom of the front was soaked in oil! I figure I will need to remove the oil from the wood before I can recoat this area, but I'm not sure how to do that. Any ideas?
Thanks, Harry Sanchez ( snipped-for-privacy@jetlink.net)
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By a can of k2 fabric cleaner and spray it on the area (that's what I do), let it dry (it will turn white) and after a few hours, or overnight, brush it off.... repeat till satisfied. Corn starch (or gold bond) might do the same thing...
Arne

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That's absolutely correct, it IS the best way to degrease balsa. However, it's called "K2R" in case you have trouble finding it as "k2". Also note the subtle difference between the product called "K2R" and a homebuilt aircraft called a "KR2". One removes spots, and the other creates spots (on the ground at the end of a high speed stall :-)
MJC

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FWIW,
Several years ago someone told me that "Fullers Earth" was the solid version of K2R and could be found at pool supply houses. Since then I have not had any need so the information may not be good.

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Hay MJ , (hehe, rhyme intended)
Actually, it's "K2r" with a little "r". I happened to get out the can for another lister, last week. It's a spot remover for various fabrics. Can be hard to find.
Cheers,
CR
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As I recall, the last time the topic came up, it can be found at Wal-Mart. That's where I got mine.
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Harry,
K2R Spot Remover is probably the de-oiler of choice. I've also done a DIY version of it by mixing a slurry of denatured alcohol and corn starch, applying it to the oily area, letting it dry, and either brushing or vacuuming it off. Some folks use kitty litter. Heat seems to help, too. I've tried to iron on some covering over oil-soaked wood and had the oil boil out of it. You can then wipe it off. BTW, K2R can be found in the cleaning supplies or laundry sections of grocery stores.
Morris
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Corn starch (baby powder) mixed with alcohol into a paste then spread on the area. Brush off after it dries and repeat if necessary.
John VB

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On Thu, 15 Apr 2004 00:51:13 -0700, Harry Sanchez

In addition to the K2r and corn starch remedies, you can also use an iron and paper towels in the same way you remove candle wax from fabric.
Fold the paper towels about four times, and iron it onto the oil-soaked wood. The heat will drive the oil out of the wood and the paper towels will do what they do best.
It's the quickest way to remove the most oil in a hurry, but K2r may be needed to get it all out.
Once you reach the point of diminishing returns, apply a coat of Balsarite (for film or fabric to suit your new covering) to the wood. The Balsarite is well-known for helping bond adhesive coverings to previously-oiled wood.
Cheers, Fred McClellan The House Of Balsa Dust http://home.mindspring.com/~the-plumber
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K2r Spot Lifter is the best. It's a little hard to fine, but you can get it here:
http://65.18.207.26/store/product1761.html
And here's something that may work as well:
http://www.furniturestuff.com/Web%20Pages/SpraywaySpotlifter.asp
Spontex's K2r Spot-Lifter $3.99 for five ounces; 800-652-2002
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My regimen for removing oil from soaked areas also included, in addition to the K2R, an infra-red heat lamp, like the kind used in fast food shops to keep sandwiches warm.
Of course, one has to be very careful with their use, but it does remove a lot more oil than just K2R alone. The heat lamp should be used first and paper towels should be used to sop up the oil that beads up on top of the wood.
I have used this combo several times and I have reclaimed some models that had everyone convinced that they should inhabit a landfill for eternity.
Again, be very careful with the heatlamp and do not leave it on unattended. It's use makes a HUGE difference in how much oil is extracted.
Ed Cregger
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Ed, I have always wondered if a short visit to the microwave might accomplish the same thing. I normally use a heat gun and towel as step one because I noticed that it did a better job than just the K2r. I also have learned how to cover in a manner that generally avoids oil soaking <VBG>.

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I have thought about using a heat gun, but never got around to using it, because, like you, I learned to cover in such a manner as to preclude oil soaking.
I also learned that some coverings appear to have many fine holes in them that permits fuel to soak through even when properly applied. I avoid those coverings these days.
Nice typing to you again, Jim.
Ed Cregger
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Stick the front of the model in a bucket of kitty litter. Let it set for about a week. The kitty litter will pull the oil out of the wood . I tried it. It works. Ray
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Well MEOW! Really, great idea! Thanks!

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K2R works better if after a day or two you hit it with a heat gun. Greyhound

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I would like to thank everybody for their thoughtful ideas. I tried in vain to find K2r anywhere here in Ventura County, so I tried the cornstarch idea some of you suggested, and I was able to get most all of the oil out. The hobby shop I visited didn't have any Balsarite, but I did find a white paste called Balsaloc, which looked like it did the same thing. I applied it onto the affected area, let it dry a few hours, and then I was able to apply the MonoKote to the area. The MonoKote held. Now for the bad

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says...

I was able to squeeze out two more students on my Fledgling by rubber banding a cut up beer can to the missing floor under the fuel tank. Looked like hell, but flew ok. It was about a pound heavier from when it was first finished by that point.
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On Mon, 19 Apr 2004 00:16:48 -0700, Harry Sanchez

<SNIP>
In the FWIW column, you might mention you're in California next time you post a query. Maybe save yourself some time looking for a product you won't be able to find.
Many items available in the other 49 states cannot be had in Kalifornia, and K2r is one of those products.
Cheers, Fred McClellan The House Of Balsa Dust http://home.mindspring.com/~the-plumber
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Sigh...so true.
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