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Old 03-17-2010, 12:46 PM   #1
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Pine Sol as a degreaser?

Yep, that's what I said.

I found this great little trick from "Frank" at the DOHC Custom Forums.

http://www.cb750c.com/modules.php?name=Forums

He recommended that I use Pine Sol as a 1-3 day soak for the bank of carbs of my 1983 CB1000 Custom.

The goal of the soak was to clean the carbs as a bank with most of their internal parts removed (jets, floats, ect) because seperating the 4 carbs is a pain.

And it's just plain easier to do a soak than to disassemble the bank.

The Pine Sol won't damage rubber/soft parts, is easily washed away and is environmentally friendly.

When you're done your parts will smell fresh too -

So I bought 3 big bottles of Pine Sol (not the generic stuff) and a plastic box big enough to hold the carb bank. You can scale this up or down as needed -



Then I emptied the 3 bottles of Pine SOl into the box and added 1 1/2 bottles of water (this topped the carbs, completely submerging them).

Though you can't see it very well, the stripped carb bank is really nasty between the carbs in this pic -



The I sat them into the vat -



Soaking -



I let them soak overnight and then rinsed the bank off with high pressure water- they looked like new -



A few closeups -





I also soaked the bowls, slides and caps -



I have also used the "vat" to clean many other parts. With it's small size I just move the vat & the small parts up to the sink and then can easily wash the Pine Sol off the parts with warm soapy water (Dawn dish washing soap works best- without the hand lotion).

I do suggest that if you are going to work in the vat with your hands (scrubbing deep grime with a tooth brush for example) that you wear protective gloves as the Pine Sol will strip your skin of all oil, really drying your hands out.

Also, best to keep the vat outside unless you want the house to be overwhelmed by the pine odor.
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:53 PM   #2
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:05 PM   #3
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Very nice, wonder what's in Pine Sol.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:07 PM   #4
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Pine oil?

I think that's what they make turpentine out of.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:14 PM   #5
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Wow! Who knew PineSol worked that good.


How long did you have to let things soak?
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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Wow! Who knew PineSol worked that good.


How long did you have to let things soak?
I let the carbs and other parts soak overnight, but others have let their parts soak for much longer.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:59 PM   #7
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Pine oil?

I think that's what they make turpentine out of.
What's in Pine Sol

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...zQ1Y99ILPRDdyg

MDS says pine oil and alcohol seems to work and cheap and safe too
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What's in Pine Sol

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...zQ1Y99ILPRDdyg

MDS says pine oil and alcohol seems to work and cheap and safe too
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:37 PM   #10
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Impressive results. Thanks!
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:31 AM   #11
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I've been running it in my parts washer and it works great. I don't have particularly sensitive hands, but after using for a while, it ate the skin off. Nothing bad mind you, but lost an outer layer. Looked like I dipped my hand in Elmer's and let it dry, then peeled it off. Shit works great when it's warm.
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I couldn't feel a line on the needle. I left the other one black and reassembled. The bike runs way way better now. Like way way way better. I can close the throttle from 10k rpm and it will not die anymore.

Idle will vary between 1500 and 1300 but it doesn't bounce around, usually it drops to 1500 then after maybe 10 seconds it drops down to 1300. Not sure what that's about but maybe that's how it is supposed to work.
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Got bank of three carbs I don't want to strip down. Last time I did and soaked in coffee can with some stuff I got from 90s that seems to work.

I have wanted parts washer for years. But only need it every so many years. Was looking at the 3.5 gallon parts washers, 17" long would fit 3 carbs, not sure about 4 though. $50 and small. Problem with the big parts washers, is $$$ in cleaner.

Seems most of the cheap parts washers say to use water based cleaners, though I read about people using mineral spirits.

I soaked them in kerosene, didn't do much good. Didn't even take blood off. But it was 0 degrees.


From what I read the motors are to strong and splash all over. Well, then plug it in, with the button on, from a few feet away.


Going to try the pinesol. What the hell.
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Got bank of three carbs I don't want to strip down. Last time I did and soaked in coffee can with some stuff I got from 90s that seems to work.

I have wanted parts washer for years. But only need it every so many years. Was looking at the 3.5 gallon parts washers, 17" long would fit 3 carbs, not sure about 4 though. $50 and small. Problem with the big parts washers, is $$$ in cleaner.

Seems most of the cheap parts washers say to use water based cleaners, though I read about people using mineral spirits.

I soaked them in kerosene, didn't do much good. Didn't even take blood off. But it was 0 degrees.


From what I read the motors are to strong and splash all over. Well, then plug it in, with the button on, from a few feet away.


Going to try the pinesol. What the hell.
The pinesol works great, I just another carb in it and it came out great, BUT MAKE SURE you take all the rubber parts of the carb out of it before you soak them in pinesol or they will swell. Eventually the swelling goes away, but any diaphragm will be useless for a while until that happens. I learned from experience, don't make my mistake

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I was surprised how expensive Pinesol was. I buy it, but don't pay attention. $9/ gallon. Bought 3.5 gallon parts washer, and put in 3 gallons of Pinesol.

Below freezing now. May bring the pinesol part washer in the basement, so it doesn't freeze and crack something in the pump.
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