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Good engine degreaser?

Post in 'The Gear' started by NH_Wood, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Hi everyone - I've been buying a lot of older saws lately and end up spending a lot of time cleaning them up real well - lots of grease, grime, etc. I've been just using straight gas, but I'm getting tired of working with it all the time. Any recommendations for a good decreaser? I've seen some by Gunk, WD-40, etc. - I'm assuming the are all pretty much the same, but thought I'd ask. I assume it would be okay on the plastics as well? Thanks! Cheers!

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  2. Nixon

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    If I get something that's really greasy and nasty , simple green works very well for me .
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  3. If you want to remove the grime quick try some oven cleaner. Safe for plastics and paints. If you spray it on and put the part in a plastic bag for 20-30 minutes it will loosen up most everything.

    I've also had good luck with magic erasers for stains in plastic.
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  4. NH_Wood

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    Mike - great, I'll try that. What is a magic eraser? Cheers!
  5. Here is a saw I've been cleaning up a few minutes here and there. Don't have any good before pics. But it was the dirtiest saw you can imagine. The entire recoil cover was black with at least 1/8" of black goop. Every fin was coated and the front concave part was extremely bad

    Here is some pics after the oven cleaner treatment on the covers.
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    I also did a little work on the air filter cover with a magic eraser and wet dry sand paper. I used liquid wrench and so far up to 440grit to wet sand it. Not perfect but the sheen is coming back.
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  6. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Lookin' good! I just picked up a Husky 268 which is in the same condition you describe - good runner, but dirty as hell - I'll give it a shot! Thanks for the link! Cheers!
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    I use super strength Greased Lightning. It's about $8/gal at Home Depot. Works good for the price.
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  8. Jack Fate

    Jack Fate Feeling the Heat

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    there's a cleaner called S-100 it was sold at Harley shops ,ain't cheap

    Best thing about it is it won't hurt anything

    Haven't had any for quite a while but I use to swear by it.

    Was about $15 a Qt but lasted very well
  9. MasterMech

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    Citrus based degreaser. Stihl dealers sometimes carry Stihl brand degreaser in a spray bottle. Stuff works great and is cheap depending on your dealer. Goof Off or similar for adhesive residue or stubborn sap.
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    oven cleaner is a good degreaser just go carefull on alloy or magnesium parts as if there polished etc the oven clean especialy if it is a caustic base will tarnish those very quick to the point where thay turn almost black ....
  12. NH_Wood

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    Great info everyone - thanks! Cheers!
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    Purple stuff from Walmart
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    pink stuff works well too.
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    Oven cleaner is also good for removing automotive paint...
  16. I took an old husky clutch cover and covered it with oven cleaner, stuck it in a plastic bag for a couple days to see what would happen. Didn't take the paint off. But it did start to soften up the paint a little. And started to have slight fading of the paint.
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    Oven cleaner is really good, but unlike Mike my experience has been it will remove paint. It also helps if you can warm it a bit after spaying on the oven cleaner, doesn't have to be much, just let it sit out in the sun for a while.

    On the EZ-Auto I resurrected I used simple green and compressed air. Worked well.

    K
  18. NH_Wood

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    More good info - thanks - I think I'll avoid the oven cleaner at first if it might change the plastic or paint - most of this is for re-sale of the saws, so trying to keep them as nice as possible. Thanks again!
  19. Pallet Pete

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    I use a tub of lard and a toothbrush on heavy grease on many things it comes right off. A little soap water afterwords and the object is good as new.

    Pete
  20. nate379

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    Stoddard solvent,
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    Believe it or not this product from home depot works awesome. It's marketed as a 100% citrus air freshener but it the best degreaser and adhesive remover i have used. One of the old timers at home depot told me about it and i was convinced.
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    another cleaner came to mind ,Disolvit )(misspelled) a citrus based cleaner ,safe enough to use on open wounds.Was found in grocery stores ,Much like most citrus based degreasers work well without DAMAGE!

    Greatest stain remover for clothes I ever found & AGAIN SAFE ON ANYTHING NO DAMAGE ON ANYTHING OF ANY KIND!!!!!!!!!
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    My clean up ritual for saws is simple green, magic eraser and then meguires tire shine.

    Works well on 25 year old atvs too :)

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    Diesel fuel is a great degreaser, but you'll need something else to degrease the diesel.

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