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thick caked on grease... what to use? sand? eazy-off doesnt work

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BranndonC, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    I have grease so thick that i'm sure its at least 1/4 inch at a few places and i cant see the bolts under the grease in others. i soaked it in oven cleaner over night and it kinda made the top 1/16 of an inch crusty, but the over all grease was still thick, any ideas to get into crevises and get the thick grease off with out a wire wheel (wont fit) or wire brush?
     
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    degreaser and a powerwasher will move the grease
    VIM and a scrubbrush is the manual way
     
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    pert plus for oily hair?
     
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    Unfortunately the only thing I have ever had luck with when it came to grease that bad was a screw driver or a pick. You'll need to scrape away the majority of the thicker stuff before any cleaner will take away caked on grease like what you have. That's how I had to clean my axles, tranny and t-case before I rebuilt them and slapped them under my rig. /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     
  5. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    so pick at it with a screw driver, then more oven cleaner, then let it sit for an hour or so, then power wash it? I do have a pressure washer, so this might work
     
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    From my experience, The powerwasher alone does a pretty good job at removing the thick caked on stuff. Did that on my old truck without any cleaner at first and it mostly came all off. Then go back with the degreaser for the final cleaning. Wear a face shield though, the grease WILL get everywhere! Ask me how I know!
     
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    dude, i love your sig /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif
     
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    Get it steam cleaned. The hot steam + pressure wash cleans EVERYTHING off.
     
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    pressure washers do not clean anything, they just move the grease onto something else
     
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    I've always had good luck with Simple Green. Go to Costco and buy it by the gallon. Spray it on there and let it sit for a while. Then hit it with the pressure washer and do it again if necessary. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Try Castrols Super clean IIRC..It is the purple stuff..Use full strenth but dont get it on your skin...!!!!!!!It workd good on painted areas too ..Just try a wipe under the hood to see the good results.. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    thanks, i pressure washed it, then sprayed oven cleaner, now letting it sit, then another wash should do the trick /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    ive had good luck with stuff called grease lightning. it comes in spray bottle like windex (but bigger) you spray it on and let it set for like 30 minutes (even takes paint off if you let it sit long enough) them pressure wash it off.
     
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    Brakeleen and lots of toothbrushes....... that's the Greg72 way! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif


    I typically buy my Brakeleen by the case, if you don't believe me just ask 4X4HIGH, he's seen me in action with this stuff. Also, keep a fire extinguisher handy. After a while the fumes will impair your judgement and bad things can happen...... BTDT /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Brakeleen and lots of toothbrushes....... that's the Greg72 way! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif


    I typically buy my Brakeleen by the case, if you don't believe me just ask 4X4HIGH, he's seen me in action with this stuff. Also, keep a fire extinguisher handy. After a while the fumes will impair your judgement and bad things can happen...... BTDT /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif

    [/ QUOTE ]Bake cleaner is the way to go, I just cleaned off asphalt on the side of a jeep I just bought with the stuff, Dont let it sit too long on paint, I use the stuff so much that I bought a brake cleaner sprayer of Harbour freight that holds 1 quart at a time and you just pump it with compressed air. You need to buy the cleaner by the gallon, it will cost way less this way in the long time than with just cans. Trust me I know! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    tho brake clean works awesome... you guys should try lacquer thinner thru one of these http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/pro_det.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=13107&group_ID=17879&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog

    lacquer thinner cuts just about better than anything.. tho brake clean and carb cleaner are excelllent solvents too....

    i've had that tool for about 20 yrs, great investment... sad thing is it looks to be about double what i paid for it ions ago... i'm sure Mac and others make it too...
     
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    What is the grease on? A sand blaster works good.
     
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    You beat me Z3PR!!.I was going to say gas too!--but its real dangerous!--I use it,but with extreme caution.Diesel fuel works too,but doesnt cut the grease like gas or laquer thinner does,or other solvents like mineral spirits or paint thinner.I've had mixed results with Castrol Super Clean,its powerful and will strip paint off brand new lawnmower motors( /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif)but on thick grease it takes several applications--same with Simple Green,Greased Lightning,and other similar chemicals.Cheap oven cleaner at the dollar store has worked better than the "Gunk" engine bright stuff at twice the price. I agree the steam cleaner wins hands down when it comes to heavy sludge removal--places that fix semi-s always have one handy.Brake cleaner might work next best,but its too pricey for my budget! /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
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    I have used the Castrol and hook up the pressure washer to the hot section of the water boiler to wash deep grease. This works very well.
     

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