The Pine Sol Degreaser Thread

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  1. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Pine Sol as a degreaser?

    Yep, that's what I said. :deal

    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 - :lol3

    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 -

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    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 -

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    The I sat them into the vat -

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    Soaking -

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

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    A few closeups -

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    I also soaked the bowls, slides and caps -

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    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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  2. JDLuke

    JDLuke Ravening for delight

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  3. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    Very nice, wonder what's in Pine Sol.
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  4. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Pine oil?

    I think that's what they make turpentine out of.
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  5. Wasser

    Wasser Spilt my beer

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    Wow! Who knew PineSol worked that good.


    How long did you have to let things soak?
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  6. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I let the carbs and other parts soak overnight, but others have let their parts soak for much longer.
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  8. canyncarvr

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    http://www.cb750c.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=9866

    ..or maybe the front page of the forum is where you go if you aren't a registered member.

    In which case (if the above takes you to the front, too), it's under 'Tips and tricks', author 'Hondo'.

    It's right under the stickies right now..but that'll change..may well move completely off the front page, in which case you'll have to go looking for it.
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  9. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Yeah, I posted this thread at The DOHC forums too, but the point of it being a dedicated thread here is so that ADV members can discuss it.

    My link to the forums was not to point folks here to the Pine Sol thread there, but to pay hommage to Frank & the DOHC forums for being the originator of this idea.
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  10. canyncarvr

    canyncarvr Adventurer

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    Didn't intend an end-run around anyone..just wanted to make the actual thread a sure find.

    Looked to be a good tip to me..especially gettin' ready to yank an in-line carb set to clean 'em up.

    Thanks to Wibby for the tip to the tip!:clap
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  11. acejones

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    This is a great tip !!
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  12. DirtMerchant

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    Pine Sol does work great; just don't get it on xylene based floor paint. DAMHIK :baldy
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  14. P B G

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    Its good to hear of something not-harsh for soaking aluminum carbs. Most degreasers are quite alkali, super purple, ammonia, simple green etc.

    Wonder how pine sol would do in the ultrasonic cleaner.
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  15. Kawidad

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    Excellent tip! Thanks.:clap
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  16. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Aspiring advrider

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    I wonder how it would do in a parts cleaner. :norton
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  17. Brad Felmey

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    That was exactly my first thought, too. :D
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  18. markjenn

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    How about Pine Sol in one of those cheapie HF ultrasound cleaners? I'm going to give this a try.

    - Mark
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  19. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    Interesting.
    Though I wonder if you'd get very different results if you did a 3-day soak in anything else....alcohol, gasoline, turpentine (since that's also pine oil), seafoam enriched gasoline (SEG...I like that term. I'm going to start using "SEG" as a recomendation for cleaning), etc followed by a high pressure wash like you did.

    And if Pinesol is alcohol and pine oil, why isn't the alcohol bad for the rubber and plastic parts?

    What did the parts look like before you pressure washed them?
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  20. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    When I took the automatic fuel petcock out of the vat, it's 27 year old rubber hoses looked very clean- no deterioration noted-

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