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#1 larryd OFFLINE  

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 01:39 PM

There is probably a thread some where on here but I probably over looked it . How or what do fellas use to remove paint from a carb ?

 I can't get spray cleaners to do i



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Posted February 19, 2013 - 01:43 PM

I have always used Chemtool B-12 and it's always removed the paint.

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 02:04 PM

http://gardentractor...s/?hl= carbaque

I use Lemon juice

then Kleen flow Choke and carb clean

Honestly i have not found any thing better than that with out going Whole sale or commercial/industrial 

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 03:31 PM

I am a firm believer of B-12 also.




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Posted February 19, 2013 - 04:26 PM

I've wanted to try the homemade baking soda blaster.

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 04:29 PM

Not sure if they have any stores out your way but I get the house brand carb cleaner at "Big Lots", only stuff that still works and removes paint too. I use about 24 cans a month on carbon, and most brands don't work anymore, but this does and it's cheap.

P.S. Carquest auto stores house brand comes in a close second.

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 05:11 PM

I've always just used carb cleaner.Had the carbs off to clean and get working.A couple of them had paint on and til i was done the paint was all off.

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 05:33 PM

I use a big bucket of Napa carb cleaner.  I let the carburetors soak for a good day or so, as long as there is no rubber or plastic of course.  By that point the paint should fall right off.


I also swear by 2+2.  That stuff will burn the gunk out of the carb, the paint off the outside, and the fingers off your hand.  It's got acetone in it, I believe.  If the bucket carb cleaner can't fix the paint, 2+2 will.  2+2 is also a good commodity around the shop.  It doubles as starting fluid, too.  A little whiff will get you anywhere. 


And if all that fails, I also keep a box of brake cleaner.  That will also dissolve paint, and it is the only thing I have found that will wipe away grease just like water. 


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Posted February 19, 2013 - 05:33 PM

I like the idea of the baking soda, I think that should work for areas that can be accessed with that hose but then you still need something to get into the ports and vents and etc. and that is where the B-12 comes into play.

 Several years ago I went into a auto parts store to buy some carb clearner and once I got there, (oh my) which one is good or maybe better than the other, so I ask a young clerk for help. Without any doubt he suggested the B-12. Since then I also put 1 oz. per gallon of gas in all my lawn equiptment and have not had any problems in the fuel system. I see where a lot of the men are using seafoam in there gas tanks and swear by it. The B-12 has tolune in it which is a compound profession painters use and some drug heads sniff it and get burnt out. The last time I was in Walmart I saw that they carried both products with the Seafoam running around $9.00 a container and the B-12 was $3.00 something. I also saw that one of the auto parts store had the B-12 in a larger container possibly big enough to put carb parts in (good idea) to soak.



Edited by JRJ, February 20, 2013 - 08:52 AM.

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 05:41 PM

"Next Dimension" from Advance Auto is the best that I've found.

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 06:44 PM

Lacquer thinner.  Very Flammable though.

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 06:46 PM

I've been using Baking soda for about a year now and for me that is the only way to go.  I'll knock off the big loose stuff with a brush then blast it and it comes out looking like a new carb.  I then wash it off and blow dry and just before I put it back together I'll shoot some carb cleaner just to make sure I have all the baking soda out of the orifices.  I can take a carb off clean it put a kit in it and have it back on in about 1/2 a day.  

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 07:24 PM

You can get the  B 12 in gallon cans that come with a nice little "Dip Basket" allready inside.   AutoZone carries it.  I am not sure if it is the same stuff that is in the spray cans.  I think they call it carb dip.   I do know it works very well.

Edited by Jack, February 19, 2013 - 07:26 PM.

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 07:27 PM

Larry,   Are you using that "environmentally friendly" carb cleaner?   The good stuff [toxic and labeled as FLAMMABLE] should take any paint right off. 

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 09:32 PM

Laquer thinner here too!  I clean in one container, get big gunk off and have another pan for the cleaner parts to soak in. Guess Acetone would be about the same. Gonna have to look up this B-12 stuff.  Not many spray carb cleaners work well as in old days, environment issues and such.  Brake cleaner works on lots of things, but will melt and eat plastics and some rubber parts, so watch that when using it.

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