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Old 05-01-2006, 08:37 PM
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can anyone recommend a good degreaser

I need to find a good cleaner/degreaser to clean some 40 year old suspension and engine parts. The local machine shop charges too much to dip the parts.
Can any group members recommend something I can buy to make my own dip tank solution?

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Old 05-01-2006, 08:43 PM
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Castrol purple degreaser is very good. Simple green is very good but less caustic.
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Spray on engine degreaser made by Gunk followed by a spray with a pressure washer will remove most of the grime. Wax and grease remover or the simple green or purple stuff will finish the job. Bob
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I use Greased Lightening and let it soak good then hit it with a pressure washer.
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Before you hit it with a pressure washer, I'd suggest you get a hood and long rain coat. I always end up with the stuff all over me when I do it that way.

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Here's an interesting way to strip some parts with mostly no work involved:
http://hotrodders.com/forum/chassis-...t+cleanup+acid
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can anyone recommend a good degreaser

I use a degreaser called "Purple Power" from Wally World (Walmart) . It's cheap and concentrated so it can be mixed with water to dilute if needed. You can get it in spray bottle and gallon refill. I've had great success with it on 40+ year old grease!
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that pink crap you find in a gallon jug at most any auto parts store is the sheet in my opinion because it is environmentally safe. you can get it on your hands and no big deal. cleans grease better than an illegal alien
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Castrol Super Clean in the purple jug is good stuff. And you can get it at just about any retailer in gallon jugs.
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Man!!!! Just a CAUTION don't use the Castrol Purple on any aluminum manifolds or wheels. Stained and oxidized mine bad!!! I only use Simple green on aluminum and my engines now. For cleaning a frame use a HD petroleum based cleaner and pressure washer then Simple green to clean off residue. no problems.
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This will sound stupid. For small parts simply soak them in toilet bowl cleaner overnight. It has 10% muratic (?) acid in it and will strip them to bare shiny metal. The wife/girlfriend will never miss it.

For larger stuff (I haven't tried this in years) use the old oven cleaner spray. That was before self cleaning ovens. I guess you can still buy it. Just wear rubber gloves and goggles. Only use it outside!

Again, don't get it on aluminum (at all) or painted surfaces you don't want stripped.
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Man!!!! Just a CAUTION don't use the Castrol Purple on any aluminum manifolds or wheels. Stained and oxidized mine bad!!! I only use Simple green on aluminum and my engines now. For cleaning a frame use a HD petroleum based cleaner and pressure washer then Simple green to clean off residue. no problems.
I was at Brothers car show in calif. and there was a guy with a drag type car all polished al. 6/71 blower and valve covers and more and the night b4 he was doing a quick clean with a caustic cleaner and he was spending the whole time at the show trying to bing back the shine to some major aluminum poeces, kinda sad but he was taking it in good spirtits. Ed ke6bnl
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