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#1 alleyyooper OFFLINE  

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Posted July 06, 2014 - 08:12 AM

Lots of paint scrapers and special ones made to remove the collection of grease and dirt of a well maintained tractor of piece of equipment. A power washer is good to get some of it off too but there is a little risk of getting water where you don't want it. All kinds of soaps and solvents also help to remove it.

I had some extra stubborn stuff on my third restore a 1938 101 that I just could get it all with scrapers picks and the pressure washer. Asked a truck collector at work what he did it that case.

He said Oven cleaner nothing better and can be bought for a dollar at the dollar store.

I tried it and was very happy with the results. Becarefull though as it does remove paint too.

 

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Posted July 06, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Al, oven cleaner is great.  Another good product is automotive brake cleaner.  Brake cleaner is more expensive but it acts almost instantaneously, and it doesn't need water to wipe off. 

 

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Posted July 06, 2014 - 01:57 PM

I've never used oven cleaner but might next time. I've used carb cleaner and it works but is expensive and the fumes aren't much fun. I find machines that were used to mow large properties tend to be a real mess. 


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Posted July 06, 2014 - 03:15 PM

Bug and Tar remover is another good grease remover. 


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Posted July 06, 2014 - 03:23 PM

I've never used oven cleaner but might next time. I've used carb cleaner and it works but is expensive and the fumes aren't much fun. I find machines that were used to mow large properties tend to be a real mess. 

 

If you find carb cleaner vapors rough, then be ready when using oven cleaner....nasty nasty stuff, but does work!


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Posted July 06, 2014 - 03:35 PM

You're right about the oven cleaner! Only use it in a well ventilated area or even better, outside.


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Posted July 06, 2014 - 04:28 PM

Be sure to wear gloves when using oven cleaner. Very hard on the skin. Nasty fumes. Best to find something else to use.  Brake cleaner as mentioned is very good. 


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Posted July 06, 2014 - 08:25 PM

Be sure to wear gloves when using oven cleaner. Very hard on the skin. Nasty fumes. Best to find something else to use.  Brake cleaner as mentioned is very good. 

 

Yep, it'll eat the top layer of skin right off! 


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Posted July 06, 2014 - 08:54 PM

Sometime i use that cheap starting fliud from walmart. It doesnt take paint off and dries quick
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Posted July 06, 2014 - 10:08 PM

How about engine degreaser? Ive never tried it but would think that it would work well.
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Posted July 07, 2014 - 05:59 AM

Gunk engine cleaner works well till you get to the 40 year old dried on stuff.

 

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 06:20 AM

I used oven cleaner on a real messy machine this past winter. Worked great, but as said, be

careful. It's nasty stuff. I'm actually surprised it's still available as a retail product. How did our

protectors miss that one.


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Posted July 07, 2014 - 09:16 AM

Don't forget about your EYES when using some of these agents.  Oven cleaner will mist, and if it drifts into your eyes WATCH OUT!    


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 07:09 AM

Oven cleaner sounds like the key, I was using Zep degreaser and it would take about 4 applications with water rinse each time to be grease free so I was looking for a better. Thanks

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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:19 AM

I haven't used oc yet either. I actually found an old can of Gunk concentrated degreaser I had for years in the garage. I'm not sure if it's still made but it worked good. You mix it with water, spray it on, let it soak,then pressure wash.
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