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August 23, 2019, 03:02:19 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
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Reply #10 on: July 22, 2019, 10:57:34 PM
Cup wire brush in a 4 1/4 inch angle grinder does it for me, using the appropriate eye etc protection.



A word of warning I use a angle grinder and wire cup sometimes but the last time I did it jumped out of my hand and flew up in the air, It landed on my shirt and the shirt got rapped around the cup and the other end hit me in the head.

I now have a very big graze on my shoulder and a bump on my head. I consider my shelf lucky it could have been worse so please be careful especially when you are near the edge of what ever you are cleaning up.


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Reply #11 on: July 23, 2019, 06:15:36 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!

Do not do what my old boss did. He was rebuilding a BSA Thunderbolt which had been standing for years. A good friend of his, also a motorbike restorer, commented how good metal parts became after a cleaning cycle in the dishwasher. A plan was hatched with my boss paying for his wife and friend to go to the threatre. Unbeknown to her and even before the curtain had gone up on Act 1,  the petrol tank and various carburettor bits were on its first cycle (please note the word “first”). When the cycle had finished, my boss opened the door with great expectations of gleaming parts, only to find that all the contents, including the white plastic covered shelving had turned a dirty brown colour  ::) what he had not reckoned on was for the dishwasher tabs to loosen all the crud sitting in the bottom of the petrol tank :-\ Unfotunately the story did not end well, he managed another two cycles before his other half came home (to no avail) and ended up buying a complete new set of dishwasher shelving  :'( the moral of the story is, if you are going to use the dishwasher to clean car parts, pack the other half on a 7 day full board holiday to Greece, because if it does go “tits up”, you have got time to sort it out!  ;D
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Reply #12 on: July 23, 2019, 08:46:44 PM

We use to use trichoehlene 111, nearly 40 years ago. Banded now cos it’s cancer genie. 😩🥬🙏


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Reply #13 on: July 23, 2019, 10:01:54 PM
We used trich to clean gun parts back in the 80's, it even removed carbon but they rattled a bit the next time you fired them.


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Reply #14 on: July 24, 2019, 08:23:54 AM

We use to use trichoehlene 111, nearly 40 years ago. Banded now cos it’s cancer genie. 😩🥬🙏

Naughty Paul.... "Trich" the most effective cleaner ever. It`s still available. There is a story relating to this solvent....  1st World war..... Naval war ships.... When hit by enemy shells etc and fire broke out and fire extinguishers were present they were found to be unusable... Why.... the sailors had found trich to have the power to remove stains etc from their uniforms with ease. Pinched from the extinguishers for this by unscrewing casing top\bottom... so not reaction of note when the trigger was activated...  Only the British eh ?    ;-)up ;-)up