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Decalin RunUp is approved for use with the new 100VLL (Very Low Lead) fuel announced by the FAA on Special Airworthiness Bulletin NE-11-55. Decalin RunUp contains two types of additive, one to reduce the negative effects of tetraethyl lead in aviation fuel and the other to improve the combustion efficiency, reduce combustion deposits and clean the fuel delivery system in aircraft. Users can expect the same level of engine cleanliness when using this fuel and Decalin RunUp as they saw with 100LL.

Make sure you remove and clean your oxygen sensor every 20 hours to remove these lead phosphate deposits when using Decalin RunUp.
The dosage of 1/2 ounce per ten gallons of fuel is a minimum. This can be increased to a maximum of 2 ounces per gallon for problem engines.

Decalin RunUp is not approved for use in the engines of certified aircraft but it has the same active ingredient, Tri Cresyl Phosphate as our previous product. Lycoming clone users have reported very good results when using this product.

Some white deposits may be seen on the plugs and in the exhaust pipe during use; this is normal with RunUp since the lead in the fuel is being converted to non conductive lead phosphate. When no additive is used, lead oxide is formed. It is lead oxide which causes plugs to misfire due to its partial conductivity shorting out the plug. In addition, lead oxide tends to form in large clumps or clinkers whereas the lead phosphate is crumbly and if anyy is left behind in the combustion chamber it deposits in even layers.


  • Scavenges Lead in aviation fuel after combustion to prevent lead oxide buildup on valves but still allows the lead to perform the anti-knock function prior to combustion.
  • It is an excellent additive for auto conversions, where it reduces buildup on oxygen sensors and plugs. If you have to use 100LL, then this stuff is for you.
  • Prevents valve seat erosion from valve seat micro welding. It is equivalent to TCP (for experimental only).
  • Does not contain volatile solvents so it is safe to ship and safe in the cockpit. You can carry it with you for out-of-town airports.
  • Easy to use graduated measuring and dispensing reservoir built into the bottle. No messy syringes!
  • Tested and stable down to 0 degrees F.


Must have for xctry flights in the SuperStol when 100LL is the only option for the Rotax. Excellent product and performance at a great price from Aircraft usual.

February 27, 2020

Great product...good value!

John F
February 13, 2020

Easy measure bottle and good lead fouling reduction in lower compression engines.

Charles R
October 3, 2019

Too soon to tell its effectiveness. My forum members on the 150/152 club swear by it. They are an astute group of owners whose opinions I value.

August 25, 2019

I use 1 oz per ten gallons on my UL350 engine. It works very well when running 100LL.

Ronald G
July 11, 2019

As a second owner of fairly new aircraft that has Lycoming tio 540, I have been having problem with lead fouling and hard starting. I came across this product and tried it for a year. I never had experience hard start, no lead fouling spark plug, and engine run smooth as they’re supposed to be. I increase the ratio to 2oz per 10 gal. I will borescope all cylinders and see the effect of Decalin Runup. To make easy dispensing, used a large syringe 2oz.

Alexander L
November 12, 2018

I had to double the ratio in order to keep the plugs from fouling. Also noticed that the fluid changed color from yellowish to clear. Great product.

Carsten H
June 18, 2018

Must use this with 100LL or my old Franklin breaks rocker arms and sticks valves.

John D
January 18, 2018

been using this product for 2 years now in Lycoming IO360 with excellent results. Its difficult to assess engine efficiency without laboratory testing. However, the reduction/elimination of lead deposits on valves and especially spark plugs is is very obvious. At annual the plugs show almost no lead build up. Before using Decalin the lead build up was significant over a year. I heard about this from engineering friends at General Atomics who used it on their drones with great success.

William R
October 29, 2017

Seems to prevent, in a certain extent, the carbon deposit in the combustion chambers. At least the deposit is less dense, more friable/brittle. Might clean up on its own.

S. B
September 2, 2019


Q: Can you harm Decalin Runup fuel additive if its stored outside in the winter? I had some from a few years ago and had it stored outside in a plastic tote, and looks like the container leaked. Does this stuff freeze? I never looked at the bottle in the winter.

This product has a two year shelf life so yours may not be good anymore. This product is table down to -60 degrees C. This will not freeze or separate at any temperature. Please see the tech data sheet in the 'Documents' tab for more information.

Q: If someone had failed to use Decalin with many hours of Avgas use in a Rotax 912, can using it for any or many hours afterwards, with unleaded fuel REMOVE to any degree the previous lead deposits on valves or other parts retroactively?

The short answer is yes. This has an advanced deposit removal ingredient which will remove existing deposits. Depending on the quantity of the deposit, this may take time to achieve, but generally one or two full tanks of fuel will do the job. Fuel injectors and throttle bodies get cleaned up as well at the same time.

Q: Can Decalin be used with auto fuel? I use both 100LL and Auto fuel in my aircraft.

Yes, Decalin Runup is compatible with auto gas. Decalin should be added in proportion to the 100LL being added. There are no negative effects to doing this.

Q: Is Decalin RunUp compatible with composite construction fuel tanks? (Specifically, fiberglass cloth and EzPoxy 10A Resin/ 87B Hardener).

Per Vendor, Yes the Declain Runup is compatible with fuel resistant composite fuel tanks along with fuel resistant fiberglass cloth and epoxy resins and hardeners.

Q: What is the case quantity of Decalin Fuel Additive, Part # 05-03412? ie how many quarts in a case?

10 quarts per case.

Q: After adding Decalin for the first time to 100LL, on my next flight a few days later during the pre-flight sump check I noticed a separation of fluids in the sample -- about the same amount as the Decalin added. Could that be the Decalin settling and I should not have drained it, or unrelated? I have never detected water in previous sump checks.

Per the Supplier: All our experience so far says that this issue is unrelated to the addition of Decalin RunUp to 100LL. The ingredients in this product are miscible in all proportions with aviation gasoline. To speculate, cold weather causes condensation in fuel tanks, so this issue may be more related to the season.

Q: Will Decalin Runup have any impact on lead that ends up in the oil?

The active ingredient in Decalin RunUp follows the “lead” of the lead, if you’ll excuse the pun. It reacts with a majority of the lead in the fuel to produce lead phosphate which is mostly blown out of the exhaust. Remaining lead in unburnt fuel finds its way into the oil by bypassing the pistons. The ingredient is already dissolved in the fuel and goes with it into the oil sump. There it acts as a suspending and dispersing agent, preventing the lead from precipitating and agglomerating into an abrasive sludge. It also performs other useful duties by helping to remove carbonaceous deposits in the oil galleries.

Q: I see there is a shelf life of 2 years. Is thi after opening? If so, what is the shelf life of unopened container kept in cool dry dark storage?

Shelf life is 2 years from the date it is shipped to us. This is unopened, and storage would not add to shelf life.

Q: Hi this is a follow-up question in regards to the remaining lead that goes into the oil you had commented that it helps. Keep the lead particles in suspension in the oil will it do the same and synthetic oil because this is the main reason synthetic oil is not compatible with leaded fuel, could you use let it fuel safely in an engine that is using synthetic oil ???

Yes, Decalin RunUp will work just as well with fully synthetic oil in suspending the lead in the oil. There is a limit as to how much lead it will hold in solution and here is some reported data in a Rotax engine using synthetic oil. The results indicate that after 91 hours of operation my oil contained 1098 ppm of Lead (Pb). During the 91 hours of operation I used 49.85 gallons of 100 LL fuel, all of which was treated with Decalin at the rate suggested on the product.

Q: Is there a date stamp on the bottle of the Decalin Runup?

Yes, there is a date code on the bottle.

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