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#1 VintageIronCollector OFFLINE  

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Posted December 19, 2013 - 07:08 PM

What can I use to clean the dirt and carbon off of my cylinder head for my k181 without eating away the metal? Pine sol?



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Posted December 19, 2013 - 07:20 PM

i dont know about chemicals but i used a bead blaster on one i did i just stayed away from the gasket surface and the spark plug hole


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 08:10 PM

I have tried carb cleaner.  It seems to work for me.  cleans the head and if it does not remove all the first time you can try again


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 08:25 PM

I have had success with stove cleaner in the past.
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Posted December 19, 2013 - 09:23 PM

I have had success with stove cleaner in the past.

 

Stove/oven cleaner is good and so is brake cleaner. 

 

Ben W.


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 09:44 PM

Bug and Tar remover works well also. Spray it on, let it soak, then rinse off with a garden hose or high pressure washer. Or, if the motor is still in the tractor, start it up and let it run until warm, shut it off and spray the motor down with Simple Green. Let it cook for about ten to fifteen minutes, then rinse. Should take most of the dirt off the first try, but may need to hit it again.

 

One note about the oven cleaner, and that is, don't leave it on more than ten minutes at a time. The stuff works great for removing the grease, grime, and paint, but it isn't recommended for cleaning aluminum. It will tell you that right on the can. I used to use it all the time on my motors, until one day I read the can. Now I know why the aluminum always oxidied and got little white spots all over it after rinsing. 

 

Brake Cleaner, Carb Cleaner and even Gasket Remover all work well too. If using the gasket remover, just be sure to stay away from any of your gasketed parts! Something else I found that works, is shampoo. It takes a little longer, and you have to work a little harder, but hey, if it gets grease out of your hair, why wouldn't it work on your motor too? Shampoo has also become my main hand cleaner when they are all greasy and grimy. Takes the grease right off.

 

No matter what type of cleaner you choose to use on your motor, I highly recommend washing the motor with Dawn Dishwashing liquid. All of the removers above will leave a residue, so you'll want to get that off before applying paint. Dawn will do the trick!

 

Good Luck, and keep us posted on what you used and how you made out. 


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 10:03 PM

Shampoo has also become my main hand cleaner when they are all greasy and grimy. Takes the grease right off.
 


Troy, add a little 20 mule team Borax to that (dust some in your hands when soapy) and tell me how it works. I bet you'll be impressed.
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Posted December 19, 2013 - 10:06 PM

I'll have to give it a try Alan, and let you know.  :thumbs:  Thanks Buddy!



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Posted December 19, 2013 - 10:15 PM

My wife has been making her own laundry soap for about two years now. This stuff has the 20 mule Team Borax in it & it's great for greasy hands.


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 10:17 PM

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I use a Cupped wire wheel on an Angle Grinder and a small wire Brush on a cordless drill.

Fast and easy.


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 10:28 PM

   You have to be very careful about using power wire wheels on aluminum as they remove aluminum quite quickly. You would be OK to use it on the inside of the head but stay clear of the machined gasket surfaces. Those would be best cleaned by laying a sheet of fine emery cloth on a flat surface (sheet of glass or granite) and slide the head back and forth over the paper. You should change directions every few strokes. 


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 11:36 PM

Pine-Sol will also remove the oil and grease

 

have not tried it on carbon build up

 

my wife soaks my oily and greasy blue jeans over night in Pine-Sol before she puts them in the washing machine.


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Posted December 20, 2013 - 05:11 AM

Pine-Sol will also remove the oil and grease
 
have not tried it on carbon build up
 
my wife soaks my oily and greasy blue jeans over night in Pine-Sol before she puts them in the washing machine.


Will come off with an old toothbrush after a day long soak.
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Posted December 20, 2013 - 07:25 AM

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I use a Cupped wire wheel on an Angle Grinder and a small wire Brush on a cordless drill.

Fast and easy.

I believe this is what they recommend in the Briggs service manuals. I do clean the gasket surface on the fine sandpaper on a level surface though. I use glass beads now and am very pleased with the results.


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Posted December 20, 2013 - 08:16 AM

Carb cleaner, brass wire brush and elbow grease. I flatten the gasket surface with wet paper and a glass sheet as mentioned above. It's easy to get too aggressive with an aluminium head so I don't tempt fate.


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