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Charlie, my friend, What's a hooka rig??
Is it one of those things with 2 or 3 hoses and mouth pieces that push air down?
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Hi again Giu:

Before you start on the prop, bolt it to a piece of timber that you can secure to a workbench. You don't want a nice, expensive prop to take flight. (This assumes that you will remove the prop from the boat.)

A bolt smaller than the bore will work well if you put a large washer (bigger than the bore) on top of the prop.

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The absolute best way to clean a prop (or virtually any other piece of metal) is media blasting. It's quick and easy with unbelievable results. Find a friend with a blast cabinet or take it to a shop that has one. Don't go too agressive with what you're blasting with - I've even used walnut shells when the suface is not too bad. It will come out of the cabinet looking brand new. If it's a feathering or self-pitching version then power wash it afterwards - and that might not be a bad idea even if it's not. I do this every winter to my C400's Autoprop.

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Charlie, my friend, What's a hooka rig??
Is it one of those things with 2 or 3 hoses and mouth pieces that push air down?
A hookah consists of an air compressor (gas or electric) which provides air to the diver via a long hose attached to the 2nd stage regulator.

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Hi Giu:

Media blasting (sometimes called sandblasting) will do a nice job of cleaning your prop.

If you go with media blasting, choose the media with care. I would recommend glass beads or shells in order to avoid metal loss.

You should also consider the effect of driving abrasive into the bearing areas upon which the blades pivot. Be sure to subject them to as good a "post blast" cleaning as you can.
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Use a pressure washer for most of that stuff. Just water alone will do wonders when applied under high pressure. And is less injurious for your equipment.
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