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Old 11-10-2002, 08:27 AM
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What is the best cleaning method for cleaning up a set of heads with some rust, carbon and oil? I am sending them to a machine shop to have cleaned and wanted to know what kind is best for heads! Thanks!

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Old 11-10-2002, 10:24 AM
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Food lion oven cleaner ,spray and let it work overnight and spray again and wash off with hose.
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Oven cleaner? Never tried it on car parts,but it does work great to strip guitars that have been spray painted.
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Old 11-10-2002, 07:44 PM
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Really?? You can use oven cleaner on a set of heads? Hmmm....I didn't know that. Does it work pretty good? Maybe I will try it and see how good it does!!
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Old 11-10-2002, 07:54 PM
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stfinney beat ya too it.Tryed it today on a set of junkers after I read this post.Works great Scrub with an old tooth brush look like new.Couldn't believe it.
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Old 11-10-2002, 08:02 PM
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hey you guys oven cleaner is the oldest trick in the book, it has the same ingredients as the old time hot tank solutions had. been using it since mid sixties.
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Old 11-10-2002, 08:06 PM
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Well, I guess I am not going to have a machine shop clean them. I will take your advice and use some oven cleaner. Thanks for your help guys! You are all #1 in my book!!
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Old 11-10-2002, 08:48 PM
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Then bake at 425 for 20min or untill golden brown.
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If they are cast iron get a large pan or something that you can put them in and cover with water and heat. Either on your stove or out side on a gas grill. Add LYE drain opener from the store to the water. About one bottle per gallon of water. THIS SHEET WILL BURN!!! even if its not hot. But it will clean them just like hot tanking at the machine shop. Let sit in the hot or boiling water til they are clean about hour or two or longer if you want. Dont think you can do this with alum. It takes paint and all off!! When I finish and the water cools I put it in a 5 gallon pickle bucket with a sealing lid and reuse it over and over.


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It will even get the inside clean were the oven cleaner wont reach! but be safe with it!


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