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Old 03-06-2011, 10:20 PM
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Default Cleaning screws, bolts, and other metallic parts

Before i get started, i'm sure this was answered somewhere, far far away, in a galaxy known as the search function.

I looked, didn't find the answer i was looking for, so i started this thread.

I'm replacing my sprockets and chain, and everything is so disgusting and dirty, and everything i use won't get these nuts and bolts clean. What have you guys used to get these things clean? I mean specific brand and name of products. What do i have to look for at my local home depot, sears, autozone, or w/e.

Thanks guys! I appreciate the feedback.
 
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:23 PM
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Soak them in gas, and use a stiff bristled brush.
 
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:37 PM
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Just regular gas station gasoline? Nothing else? or any particular gas?
 
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Kerosene or diesel is better, has a lower flash point, i use diesel usually. It will get the trick done.

I usually use an old coffee can and put a little fuel in it then dump the bolts in it and swirl them around then use the brush to get any stubborn spots. Just let them soak for a few mins. Dont put anything rubber in there, such as your chain since it has o-rings in it.

Sometimes the simple things work a lot better than the 'specialty' stuff sold in stores.
 
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:57 AM
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+1 to the above, I clean all my metal parts with diesel, even the inside when it's rebuild time
 
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i use break free CLP cause it cleans, lubes, and protects i also use it to clean my guns and fishing tackle.
 
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Any kind of engine degreaser works great for me. Spray on and let it soak in
 
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Maybe you could wet the bristles on a toothbrush with kerosene and scrub the threads and other areas, then hit it with a blast of WD-40 or brake parts cleaner if there are no rubber parts as already mentioned.

Blue Scotts shop towels would help clean up for minimal costs.
 
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:05 AM
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Fella, you've got the right idea. I was doing something similar. The gasoline/kerosine/diesel technique definitely works like a charm. Thanks for the tips guys!
 
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:43 PM
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This is the best parts cleaner I have ever used it's soooo awesome u spray and then it will dissolve the oil grease and grime then it really just evaporates !
I used this on my fork tubes to clean the inside cleaned everything No more oil or any kind of residue...!!! There is a warning about not using on rubber...
It's 3.99 for a bottle! great stuff!!
 
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