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#1 JoeA OFFLINE  

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 11:59 AM

anyone ever try sea foam in their small engines?....what kind of results did you get?..thanks
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Posted October 22, 2010 - 12:16 PM

Well Joe- I buy Sea Foam by the gallon. I regularly put it in every gas powered piece of equipment I own, be it 4 stroke, 2 stroke, 8 cylinder, 4 cylinder, 2 cylinder, 1 cylinder, and diesel. I have been doing so for several years now. I first used it when I was having trouble with an Onan 16HP engine in a Case 446 running rough. It straightened the Onan out and I have been a believer ever since.

I use Seafoam in each piece of equipment during the winter instead of Stabil. I believe it works as well or better.

Edited by mastifflawyer, October 22, 2010 - 12:18 PM.
spelling-haha

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 01:18 PM

I use it in everything I own. It won't fix a problem that has be left to get out of hand but sure is great preventative medicine. I agree with mastifflawyer it does seem to work well in cold weather.

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 03:05 PM

I've never heard of the stuff. But I'll have to give it a try.
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Posted October 22, 2010 - 03:19 PM

I do quite a bit of small engine repair and I recomend SEAFOAM to all of my customers. Some of them will use it , but most will not. The ones that use it have not been back for repairs in quite some time!
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Posted October 22, 2010 - 03:24 PM

I've never heard of the stuff. But I'll have to give it a try.


Where you been hiding all this time? lol Seafoam is good stuff. Better than Lucas treatments by far.

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 04:06 PM

Where you been hiding all this time? lol Seafoam is good stuff. Better than Lucas treatments by far.


Apparently under a rock LOL!

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 05:19 PM

I used to use Sta-Bil, found out it has a shelf life, Seafoam doesn't! I used it for 2-3 years now, with good results, even with 10% ethanol.

I've looked for the gallons around here, with no luck! ~~ grnspot110
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Posted October 22, 2010 - 05:30 PM

Since the matter of Seafoam has been discussed at length on other forums, I looked for and located my notes. I no longer know the sources but wish I did so as to give them the proper credit. I am not a chemist and am not able to vouch for any of the information. but since I find it very interesting I think you might too. So here goes: Seafoam consists of

25% Naptha (the cleaner)
60% Kerosine (the stabilizer)
15% Isopropyl Alcohol (the oxygenate)

All of the items are readily available and at a substantially reduced cost over Seafoam.
Besides cost savings the advantage of mixing your own is that you can substitute other ingredients to target specific purposes. By substituting Toulene (found at paint stores, or Acetone for the alcohol the mixture gives better cold weather starts, better gas mileage, and is less corrosive.
Substituting Auto Trans Fluid makes it a Mega Stabilizer.

Using any product labled "fuel injector cleaner" has a higher concentrate of cleaners than carb, or gas/fuel treatment.

The product Chevron Techron is 100% cleaner, so it is mostly Naptha. While Seafoam may be used in the crankcase, do not use Techron or other fuel injection cleaner.

As always be safe if mixing your own. Only mix it outdoors and of course well away from any flame.
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Posted November 15, 2010 - 07:12 PM

I love the stuff it rates right up there on my "quality 4 ur money" scale with my other favorite ,simple green! Cain't have to much of either one ! Not sure about this but i dont think they sell it under a rock though caseguy ? lol!:bigrofl:
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Posted November 15, 2010 - 07:34 PM

Yes-Two of my favorites as well. But have you tried the Pro Series Simple Green Max? It is called an Automotive Cleaner and Degreaser. It seems to hit the grease pretty well if you let it sit for a while.

A friend suggested that I try Purple Power Citrus Cleaner. It also says it is an Auto/ Shop degreaser. It is available at WalMart. It seems to work as well as the Simple Green.
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Posted November 15, 2010 - 08:37 PM

I actually use Purple Power in my parts washer (non-winter months anyway). With the garage attached to the house I don't want anything that could flash.

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Posted November 15, 2010 - 08:47 PM

[quote name='mixing your own.[/QUOTE']
Have you tried this with any luck?:confuse:

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Posted November 15, 2010 - 09:11 PM

I don't think I've ever seen that stuff for sale in Canada, never even heard of it till I started searching the web.

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Posted November 15, 2010 - 09:37 PM

...Not sure about this but i dont think they sell it under a rock though caseguy ? lol!:bigrofl:

It definitely wasn't under MY rock anyway LOL. I did pick some up at Wally World yesterday. It occupied a VERY small spot on the shelf compared to the entire shelf of Sta-bil that was there! The can I bought has a blue label though...are there different formulas? If so, then what are the differences?




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