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May 23, 2019, 12:32:05 PM

Cleaning Crud off old parts.

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on: May 13, 2019, 10:48:55 AM
I am gathering parts for my build, old stuff is obviously very cruddy, with years of grease and road muck - is there an effective cleaner that is helpful at getting off, while being cost effective!



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Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 12:37:32 PM
Cup wire brush in a 4 1/4 inch angle grinder does it for me, using the appropriate eye etc protection.

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Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 07:21:11 PM
I am gathering parts for my build, old stuff is obviously very cruddy, with years of grease and road muck - is there an effective cleaner that is helpful at getting off, while being cost effective!

Ive found the cheap spray cleaner "elbow grease" does a pretty good job . 


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Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 07:44:35 PM
Haha - cheers chaps, I remember my dad used to brush on a liquid and muck just dripped off - thinking about it, it could have been petrol?

Got a wire bush on the electric drill and its doing a decent enough job on the chassis bits, its just the oily damp cruddy front end really.


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Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 08:41:39 PM
Your dad will have used Gunk or Jizer degreasers, I'm sure both are still available along with other brands but like most chemicals, probably not as effective as they used to be as chemicals have been made 'safer'. Paraffin and diesel both work well but can be harsh on the skin.

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Reply #5 on: May 13, 2019, 09:29:22 PM
Cheers @Manxdavid - ordered some Jizer, will see how I get on.


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Reply #6 on: May 13, 2019, 09:40:05 PM
brush or spray the jizer on then wrap the item in a plastic bag so it soaks in rather than drying out, then wash off after a good time soaking.


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Reply #7 on: May 13, 2019, 09:42:11 PM
brush or spray the jizer on then wrap the item in a plastic bag so it soaks in rather than drying out, then wash off after a good time soaking.

Awesome, thank you!


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Reply #8 on: May 14, 2019, 05:28:09 PM
I like Surfex HD - seems to work much better than the old stuff, as said above a lot of the old brand names have been neutered these days.
One of them mucky ones. Sorry.


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Reply #9 on: May 16, 2019, 01:40:22 PM
Washing up liquid is good for killing grease but has salt in it, so needs to be rinsed off thoroughly. For built up crud deposits a pressure washer with a dirtblaster nozzle shifts it, smaller parts can go in the dishwasher
Ttfn Glenn