kaddyuk
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Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Tue Sep 14, 2004 11:23 pm

I just had to drain the fuel system from a trent 500 and I now need to neutralise the smell from myself... I washed like 4 or 5 times and can still smell the fuel. Do you have any "Experience Tips" on how to get rid of the smell???

No one here has much of a clue and I want to go out tonight, preferably without smelling of fuel lol!

Thanx
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Tue Sep 14, 2004 11:51 pm

lemon juice
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:00 am

Sugar works good too. But if you don't have a change of clothes, you are screwed.

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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:19 am

I use Gojo or Simple Orange and Palmolive dishwashing detergent. Any good detergent will get out the petrolium components but the smell is something else. Soap won't touch it.
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:34 am

The pleasant, but time consuming version is to go to the beach and splash in the salty water for minimum 30 minutes. Remember to forget your swimsuit, or you will need 60 minutes.

Another alternative is to buy some really nasty cigars.

(Yes, I have 40 years experience in the oil business).
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:35 am

What was mentioned above. I keep a spare uniform in my locker at work for this very reason. The smell doesn't come off easily and it will start irritating your skin sooner or later.
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Wed Sep 15, 2004 2:41 am

just had to drain the fuel system from a trent 500 and I now need to neutralise the smell from myself... I washed like 4 or 5 times and can still smell the fuel. Do you have any "Experience Tips" on how to get rid of the smell???


Don't worry, it'll wear off.


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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Wed Sep 15, 2004 4:15 am

Not that I mean to change subject or anything (even though I am), does anyone happen to know the specific impulse and density of Jet A1?  Smile
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Wed Sep 15, 2004 5:08 am

If you got a any on your clothes news time you wash them throw in a can of Coke in with it.
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Wed Sep 15, 2004 5:58 am

Another alternative is to buy some really nasty cigars.

Just don't light them...........booooooom! lol  Nuts

 
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Wed Sep 15, 2004 10:17 pm

You need something with a de-greaser in it. Normal soap won't cut it. I find that laundry soap works, but use it sparingly and grease up with some kind of moisturizing cream afterwards.

The stuff will really dry out your skin.
 
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Wed Sep 15, 2004 10:58 pm

Thanx Guys, I managed to not smell of fuel today with a new uniform.

My problem now is removing some anti-seize paste from my hands.

The Avo's werent kidding when they were calling me a dirty grease monkey.
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Fri Sep 17, 2004 2:13 pm

This happens to me a lot, when I am at the fuel farm. In the future, if you can get AvGas 80LL, that usually does the trick, or use Dawn soap. If you happen to get Jet A on your clothing, just rub a little Dawn on it and put it in the wash.

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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Sat Sep 18, 2004 1:02 am

First time I came back home from working inside a fuel tank, my then wife asked me to sleep on the sofa because even taking a shower three times didn´t get rid of the smell.
Tell your girlfriend it is the new after shave!  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Sun Sep 19, 2004 4:54 pm

Baking soda & lemon juice works well. Says my turbine engine instructor at my A&P school.
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Mon Sep 20, 2004 2:20 pm

As I worked for years as a fueler before going into maintenance I tried baking soda and lemon juice... neither worked as well as they say. The best was a good hand degreaser such as "Lava". You can also find other brands in auto repair supply shops.

Though in the end you will smell for awhile, simple as that. You may not notice after a short time, but everyone else will. God help you if you get it your hair!!! That smell sticks around much longer.

The best way to get rid of O-Day-Jet-A is to avoid getting it on you in the first place. I would NOT recommend using another type of gas to clean with. Not because it burns, but rather the lead content. Even 100LL has a much higher lead content then old leaded gasoline. I know at least four other long time fuelers with liver damage due to fuel contact. It might take years to develop, yet the danger is still there.

Oh, thoughs good mechanic hand clears work wonders on anti-seize too.  Big grin
 
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:12 pm

If you're working on jet aircraft- get used to it. I've found no way in 15+ years to kill the smell other than a good hot shower followed by a heavy dousing with after shave. As far as the clothes, Jet A isn't bad- when you compare it to skydrol. I'll take a Jet A shower anyday over a tablespoon full of skydrol.

As far as getting the goo off your hands, just do the dishes- hot water, dish soap and clean hands. And the fringe benefit- makes wife happy. And as we all (married people) know, If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy
 
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Sun Nov 07, 2004 12:06 pm

Try soaking you cloths in the sink with a 2L of Coke/7up.
Works great in getting the stink out.
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:35 pm

i got mad once that the washer wasn't getting the JetA residue (what's lef on the hoses and your gloves afterwards) and smell out of my hat and shirt. threw them in the dishwasher out of frustration. worked pretty well, lots of soap though. at least i was allowed back into the office later on. by the way, the reason i stunk so bad was that we had to top a 10000 gallon truck in under 30 minutes. hard work, so we used a bottom load and three regular nozzles through a top hatch on the truck. that was so much fun i doubt that i'd avoid doing it any day.
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Sun Nov 07, 2004 3:40 pm

The other thing the fuel guys where I used to work would do, is use Pine-sol instead of jet fuel.

But I can't call that an improvement in smell.

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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Sun Nov 07, 2004 6:03 pm

Lemon Juice.
Specific Gravity of Jet A1 0.77-0.80 if not mistaken.
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RE: Aviation Fuel (Jet A1)

Mon Nov 08, 2004 12:59 am

there i go, screwing up again. i meant to say that it was so much fun top loading that truck that i would definately avoid doing it again.
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