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[edit] Common Solutions to Cleaning Parts

The following is a list of parts cleaners (both generic and name-brand) used to clean and degrease various vehicular components with varying success. When cleaning with corrosive or poisonous chemicals, please take the necessary precautions. Hand and eye protection is always recommended.

[edit] Generic Solutions

  • Acetone
  • Antifreeze, heated antifreeze, or a 50-50 antifreeze/water solution
  • Brake parts cleaner
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Cooking oil
  • Diesel fuel
  • Kerosene
  • Hot water
  • Lacquer thinner
  • Liquid dish soap
  • MEK (Butanone)
  • Mineral spirits
  • Oven cleaner
  • Penetrating oil
  • Pressure washer
  • Sodium hydroxide solution, also known as "caustic" or "caustic soda" (what ratio?)']
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Trisodium phospate (TSP)
  • mix of transmission oil and kerosene/diesel

[edit] Commercial Products

[edit] Cleaning aluminum parts

Please read labels on commercial cleaners before using on aluminum. Aluminum loses it's sheen through oxidation, which is the same process through which iron turns to rust. Bare aluminum can oxidize simply in the presence the air we breathe. Take caution before using chemicals that may have an adverse reation to aluminum. Aluminum is a soft metal, so scrub brushes with brass or stainless bristles may scratch the finish.

[edit] Cleaning painted parts

As with cleaning aluminum parts, the paint on the parts may have a chemical reaction to certain cleaners that could effect or remove the finish or even damage the plastic part the paint is applied to. Read all labels before use and avoid using hard-bristled or metal-bristled brushes when cleaning.

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