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Good engine wash and prep?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jess, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. jess

    jess Registered Member

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    Short of steam clean or a hot tank what works best for removing grime and rust off an engine in the driveway? The short block is very strong so I don't need to tear it all the way down and send it out. I'm just gonna give it a freshening and repaint.
     
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    If you're going to repaint the engine, use Easy-Off oven cleaner.
     
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    Just about any auto parts place will sell some kinda engine degreaser. Just spray some of that on and go to the $.25 carwash and blast away. It works best if you can find a carwash that heats the water. Hot water works better.
     
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    a couple of large brushes(like the household ones to scrub) and a big tub of cheap hand cleaner. Just dip the brush in and start brushing. hose off to reveal a new luster.
     
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    Dawn dishwashing liquid, HOT water scrub with brushes then rinse, let it dry/blow it off then easy-off oven cleaner the really nasty stuff.
     
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    I have tried just about all of it...from EZ-off, paint thinner, simple green, Tide, etc...

    I have found they all work out OK but you still are going to be doing ALOT of scrubbing. I got a small wire brush for my cordless drill and that is what really does the trick.
     
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    That Castrol "Super Clean" stuff works good--but keep it away from aluminum--it took the paint off a brand new briggs and stratton mower right down to the bare metal,and pitted it pretty badly! /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif--but it says not to on the bottle /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif--wish I read it before I sprayed my aluminum wheels with it!.It did clean them REAL good though!.It is a good cleaner--just be careful what you use it on. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     

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