The Pine Sol Degreaser Thread

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Hondo, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I would try running a tank full of fresh fuel & 1/2 of a can of Seafoam added before I did the carbs- that may solve the issues.
  2. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    It will clean the tank of any oils but won't treat the rust.
  3. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    I have cleaned two such tanks with CLR. Calcium, Lime, Rust remover. One had some heavy surface rust in it, I used BBs for an abrasive. The other was some light oxidation, and nasty old fuel that had been left in there, just the CLR in that one. I preffered to rinse thoroughly with some clean gas a couple of times, then again with some gas, and a fair amount of 2 stroke oil in hopes of conditioning the steel and preventing new rust. So far it seems to have worked OK.
  4. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Try 1" sheetrock screws - they have sharp edges, and will break loose more rustcrap.:wink:
  5. naota03

    naota03 Adventurer

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    My friend and I just took the carbs off my nighthawk were in the process of prepping the carbs for soaking. He had to leave early so The bath wont take place until tomorrow when he comes by. Im just a little miffed that I may need to fix or replace the stator since it isn't charging the battery. But I guess it is time to troubleshoot that when the carbs are squeeky clean.
  6. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    Has anyone found that it harms paint in any way? I was hoping to use pinesol as an alternative to less effective degreasers when washing the car....i would use it to degrease the door jambs, engine, etc, not to actually WASH the car... It would only be on for a few minutes...
  7. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    I am a PINE SOL newb, but I have mixed it with a bit of water like 50-50 and used it as a pre-wash for the dirty greasier bits on my KLR just before hitting it with the high pressure at the local car wash.

    Yes, I know relaying this will bring on all forms of gafaws about WHY would you ever WASH a damn KLR..... to impress the toothless circus ladies of course. They have JOBS.
  8. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    I soaked a drive side hub from a 1978 DT400 for a few weeks, hitting it with a wire brush occasionally. It stripped all of the original paint off, and left a perfectly clean piece for fresh paint..

    Of course there is no clear coat etc.. on those.
  9. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Be careful using any type of degreaser on paint, including dish soap. It can strip the paint itself of it's oils and dull the finish if not ruin it completely.
  10. naota03

    naota03 Adventurer

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    Here is my current progress of the pine sol soaking. I will post the after pictures when I am done.

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    Carbs soaking
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    Over the next 12 hours or so. I am going to be checking the parts and making sure they get cleaned well
  11. SStiffler

    SStiffler Been here awhile

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    Remind me not to have punch at your house. Nice use of a punch bowl! :rofl
  12. naota03

    naota03 Adventurer

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    I bought it at the dollar store since I didn't have any large containers. I bought 10 for a dollar. The funniest thing is a member of the Nighthawk forums said the same exact thing.

    Here is the pics of the cleaned carb parts. I also took a picture of the pine sol after I used it. It looks gross. Though the pine sol did the trick. I will put the carbs in either tomorrow or next week with the help of my buddy Wreckster. Should be fun.

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    Also Please note if you do plan to take on this project please rinse the carbs in an area with good ventilation. Pine sol can give you head aches. lols
  13. naota03

    naota03 Adventurer

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    Finished the Pine Sol Cleaning of the carbs.
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    It looks good. WOOT!
    WIll install the carbs on my next day off when my buddy is free.
  14. Maxitout77

    Maxitout77 Adventurer

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    Ok, I'll play along. I thought this thread was nonsense, boy was I wrong. Awesome tip guys! This was a 24hr soak, a rinse off and a wipe. Unreal results.

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  15. naota03

    naota03 Adventurer

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    It is so interesting how well this works. I am a believer of the powers of pine sol.
  16. Tech23

    Tech23 Been here awhile

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    I'm impressed. Pine Sol works pretty good. I wonder if you could build your own homemade Safety Kleen style Pine Sol parts washer with a pump. Or would the Pine Sol kill the pump?

    Back in 1993 at my old home I built my own (50/50 Kerosene/Safety Kleen mix) parts washer using an old kitchen sink and counter top that was being discarded from an apartment complex that was renovating a unit. I got myself a Quaker State 30 gallon gear oil drum from work, an Audi 5000 fuel pump, a VW Rabbit rear defogger switch that I used as a power on/off switch, made up a wiring harness with an inline fuse. I used long basic homemade metal brackets that I rubber mounted to the gear oil drums lid to mount the fuel pump to. The only part I had to buy was a $5 short straight piece of PVC pipe to attach to the sink drain as a return to the tank through a hole in the middle of the drums lid. I had the whole thing set on top of a common garage 6 ft tall garage shelving unit assembled in halves...two three foot high shelving units. This is about the same height as a work bench. I had it wired into an old car battery I had set on the bottom shelf that I would charge periodically. While the charger was hooked up the pump acted as a two speed pump because I could set the battery charger to 2 amp or 10 amp. You could also use an alternate power supply for the pump. I was aiming to spend as close to zero dollars as possible...I came real close.

    Here's the only two pics of the homemade parts washer that I have...if anyone feels creative and can scrounge up the necessary parts. Sorry for the low pic quality, they were originally 35mm prints, but I think you can get the idea. I used this parts washer for 12 years, never had to change out the solvent, only had to replace the pump once in that time, and only discarded it to move. I felt like I got my moneys worth out of it.

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    Tech23
  17. naota03

    naota03 Adventurer

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    That's a good Idea. I like it. Its versatile. If I didn't live in an apartment complex. I would try something like that.
  18. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Thanks! I happen to have an old SafetKleen tank with a blown pump AND
    a couple of old (still running) electric fuel pumps!! I'll have to see what
    PineSol does to electric pump innards!
  19. Tech23

    Tech23 Been here awhile

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    Cool, do that. I still have like eight Audi 5000 fuel pumps stored. I gathered them up while they were being recalled for "noise". The Audi fuel pump I used was silent, I also used rubber firewall grommets with metal inserts to mount the pump brackets to the lid. I added the rubber grommets to reduce pump noise. Does Pine Sol harm or "swell" rubber? Safety Kleen does and it never hurt the fuel pumps.

    Tech23
  20. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    Pine sol will swell rubber if left to soak for long periods. I just waited for them to return to normal, and then installed those pieces again. YMMV.