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    How do you dry your truck? I might have an easier way.

    We have all heard the many ways people have come up with to dry their RCs to fight rust and corrosion. Hair dryers, Heat guns, WD-40 spray down, I even heard of a guy who put his truck in the oven because he could set it too as low as 150 degrees. But I think I have found and have been testing for the last 2 years a new way. That is safer, non-toxic, needs no electrical power, and is super easy.

    Ever see those little packets of Silica gel in various products that say do not eat? Well you can buy these and are fully reusable.

    Example: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    They are not all that expensive and the only other thing you need is a correct sized trash bag that fits your RC and has no holes. After some experimentation I learned it is best to remove body and wheels. Drying wheels is another problems entirely and not covered by this method. Shake out as much water as you can and place in the bag. Then put 10-20 10 gram packs of silica gel and tie off the bag while pushing most of the air out. Leave overnite and it will be completely dry. Once the gel packs are saturated all you have to do is microwave them back to dry. This has also been very effective for long term storage.

    I have found this to be a convenient way to deal with water and with less problems I think we can all agree it makes things more fun. Hope this helps someone.

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    Interesting and seems very noninvasive. I tend to lean towards this handy item: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FWSYOME...a-320706844463

    It's not cheap, it's not quiet, and it's not efficient. It does, however, dry my RCs off VERY fast haha...

    I've heard of people putting those packets in their controllers to help absorb moisture

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExCabSwap View Post
    Interesting and seems very noninvasive. I tend to lean towards this handy item: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FWSYOME...a-320706844463

    It's not cheap, it's not quiet, and it's not efficient. It does, however, dry my RCs off VERY fast haha...

    I've heard of people putting those packets in their controllers to help absorb moisture
    I use one of those as well Its super powerfull
    I ask way to many questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExCabSwap View Post
    Interesting and seems very noninvasive. I tend to lean towards this handy item: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FWSYOME...a-320706844463

    It's not cheap, it's not quiet, and it's not efficient. It does, however, dry my RCs off VERY fast haha...

    I've heard of people putting those packets in their controllers to help absorb moisture
    I have needed something like that for my computer/keyboard but never trust them to be effective. So that one works?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    I have needed something like that for my computer/keyboard but never trust them to be effective. So that one works?
    It is the most effective non-disposable air blower I've used! Highly recommend! Cowrc sells the same unit with their sticker on it.

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    I uses a compressor with a blow gun attached works awesome and I can save money rotating my tires on the big rig, airbrushing body's ect.

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    I have used for years the Metro Blaster Sidekick. Works great and fast.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008Y...g6L&ref=plSrch

    A lot of good suggestions in this thread as well.

    https://forums.traxxas.com/showthrea...-things-clean-!
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    Quote Originally Posted by explorerlyon View Post
    I have used for years the Metro Blaster Sidekick. Works great and fast.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008Y...g6L&ref=plSrch

    A lot of good suggestions in this thread as well.

    https://forums.traxxas.com/showthrea...-things-clean-!
    You guys are awesome - never thought of this before reading this thread, but why you all spending all that money on a blower???

    I have an old air mattress inflator pump which has incredible air volume, with the included tips /adapters - I'm sure it would be on par with that duster and many of the other blowers...

    Keep in mind not all of these have great output, but the one I have looks like this Enteck one on Amazon I found:

    EnTeck Electric Air Pump Inflator Deflator, AC 110-120V Portable Mini Air Compressor with 3 Nozzles for Car, Air Bed, Inflatable Pool, Boat, Sofa, Bathtub and Toys https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XWNZZXW..._SgCIAb8R9RHE1

    The name on mine is "Sun Pleasure Co. LTD" - pretty sure I got it at Walmart...

    I know I paid under $20 in the store...

    I'm definitely going to start using this going forward...

    Thanks for the idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kz121 View Post
    You guys are awesome - never thought of this before reading this thread, but why you all spending all that money on a blower???
    I don't have one, but the MetroVac posted above heats the air to 30˚F above ambient, filters the air, and airflow is CFM/FPM 18,000 ft./min.
    https://www.metrovacworld.com/produc...Dryer/overview
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeegie View Post
    I don't have one, but the MetroVac posted above heats the air to 30˚F above ambient, filters the air, and airflow is CFM/FPM 18,000 ft./min.
    https://www.metrovacworld.com/produc...Dryer/overview
    Ok, I'll concede - that is pretty sweet

    But it does come at a steep price difference...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kz121 View Post
    Ok, I'll concede - that is pretty bad

    But it does come at a steep price difference...

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    I bought mine first for car detailing. Blows out the nooks and crannies for car detailing. Also works great on RCs. It has many uses.
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    Just get in there and get it all cleane and dry. J/k I use my air compressor set at 60 psi. This works for me.

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    My trucks don't hardly ever get wet. I take them apart to clean and dry them. This thread has given me new ideas on how to dry them
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    I like the idea. Does microwaving really dry the silica packets? Also, does drying it this way prevent the bolt heads from rusting? I cleaned my ERevo today, and while time consuming it seems to work. Went Simple Green foam, brushed with a soft bristle bike brush, hosed it all down with water, then WD-40 silicone spray, then air compressor. Fingers crossed I don’t have a rust bucket greeting me tomorrow

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    I can't say for sure because I use stainless steel fasteners for the most part. But it is very possible the bolt heads could still get some surface rust since they can start to form rust in just an hour or 2. It takes longer for the packs to complete remove all the water and reduce the humidity below what will allow rust to form. But it should minimize the rust.

    Yes a microwave works well to dry the packs. It is also easy to over heat them in a microwave and have the the outer plastic bag to melt if not careful. I now use a toaster oven that can be set to as low as 150F. I set it to 210F and check them every 30mins. Over time mine have slowly lost some of the blue color indicating them being dry.

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    I just use chain oil on my joints and a jconcepts overtray when I run, which keeps 99% of the snow out. I also switched all my screws over to stainless. But the chain oil works great, stays on for a long time, wicks into parts, thickens up a little after a few hours.
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