The Pine Sol Degreaser Thread

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

  1. mattsz

    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    Well, for better or worse, I proceeded on my own. I grabbed my fine steel wool and set to lightly scrubbing the exteriors and aluminum surfaces that slide against or contact other surfaces. Dry-wiped everything down and blew the heck out of everything with compressed air, hopefully to fully remove any stray steel wool fibers. Finally, to protect them from the elements, I rubbed them down with a thin coating of light machine oil and buffed them dry to the touch.

    Here's one - it only needs the float jet to be good to go (I hate waiting for parts!):

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    It cleaned up pretty well - shiny, but not too shiny... don't want it to look brand new!!!

    Hoping that it'll work shiny... (shoulder-shrug smiley here)
  2. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    I've polished the slides and bores to good effect with a bit or Autosol metal polish. A smooth finish on those surfaces is reasonably critical.

    That carb looks really nice.

    :thumb
  3. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    Has anyone tried this on fuel injectors? I know you can use an ultrasonic cleaner for injectors, and a lot of on-line companies sell cleaning, but I was wondering if this would work just as good as it does on the carbs. I might have to give it a try.
  4. Cdaledude

    Cdaledude Long timer

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    Go to Harbor freight and buy an ultrasonic heated tank and use that for small carbs and I would try the injectors in it. I wouldn't try it on an injector that you can't replace.
  5. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    No, I have not tried it myself...

    Fuel injector cleaning video.
  6. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Anyone use this on brake parts?Maily interested in cleaning the steel parts like caliper pistons and banjo bolts.
  7. Moparmanpete

    Moparmanpete New Bike wanted

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    Well,
    I have an XL600R head that I wanted to gently clean the ports of alot of carbon deposits and liked the Pine Sol idea, so here we go


    Took about 6oz of straight Pine sol and mixed it slowly with half a packet of Ball Fruit Pectin for making jelly till it reached this consistency

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    Then just smeared it where I wanted it and kept it from where I didn't want it.

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    After a few hours it would dry so I added more, but later found that it really wasn't neccesary.

    I also soaked the valves in a 50/50 mix of Pine Sol and water

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    Here are the before and after shots for a 24hr time period

    The head before
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    After

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    The Valves before
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    And after
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    Not convinced?
    Well here you go
    Left side coated with the jelly for 24hrs
    Right side is the control
    [​IMG]



    There you go :D

    [​IMG]


    Not bad for not really doing anything!
    Brush it on and wait,
    Hose it off and oil.

    Expeirences may very but I like it.

    Pete
  8. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    The problem with injectors and pinesol is getting the pinesol into the injector where the crud is. It should be fine but it will only clean the outside.

    I toss them in the carb dip to clean up the outside, but then use a rig made out of an old injector rail to clean the inside with pressurized solvent. It hooks up to my compressor for the pressure. Just use a small wall wart transformer and a momentary switch spliced into a injector electrical connector, to run the injector.
  9. crackhead

    crackhead Long timer

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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.
  10. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    Just did a set of Mikuni VM32s from my T500, they didn't look all too terrible to begin with, the jets weren't even clogged when I took them off. But I was curious to see how clean I could get them :)

    Previously I had stuck one of them in an ultrasonic bath of isopropanol, this got some of the grime off on the outside but did nothing to remove the gummed up gasoline in the bottom of the floatbowl. I put the first carb into a small container of uncut Pinesol overnight, along with the jets, slide, etc.

    The Pinesol bubbled up, which I now realize was the byproduct of a chemical reaction. The PineSol worked TOO well, stripping off some of the metal, going as far as producing small pits in the bottom of the floatbowl and parts of the carb body:eek1 Not bad enough to ruin the carbs but I'm glad I didn't let it sit for another day! Jets were pink colored, but cleaned up semi-okay, and look unharmed.

    The second carb I'm doing in a 50:50 dilution, with the floatbowl being filled up with a slightly higher concentration. Jets I put in 50:50 for about half and hour and took out, they look good, without the pink crap.

    Also, after rinsing all the Pinesol off in soapy water, I dried things off and blew out the jets (with human power lol) then liberally sprayed everything down with WD40, as to prevent a reaction with the air. No before pics but I'll get some 'afters' soon.
  11. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Brilliant! I like that jelly trick. I've soaked carbs before, but the jelly opens up more possibilities.
  12. Yokomo

    Yokomo Gorilla Adventurer

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    Has anyone been super lazy and tried hooking pinesol up to the fuel tubing and filling the carb up with it? Just drain the bowl to fill the carb? Flush it through a few times. Rinse and repeat. Then flush gas thru a couple times and see if the old bike fires up?

    Or is the key to submerge the carb so it soaks?

    Thanks
  13. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    there are many small passages in the carb (unless it is a Lectron, perhaps) . . . . I'm not confindent that all the passages would be well cleaned by simply allowing the fluid to flow through the carb -- I would think (uh oh) that the fluid would follow the path of least resistance, and not really clean everything that needed it . . . . . .

    don't bet the ranch on it, though -- ;-}
  14. BK.RD.RNR

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    If I was going to use that technique, I would do it with carb cleaner. I have done it with carb cleaner. I let them sit, then ran the engine without draining them to get it through the jets. It was an improvement, but not as thorough as the process described here with pine sol.

    I guess it depends how bad you think they are...
  15. waikryder

    waikryder n00b

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    I read on here that some people had problems with flash rust. I did a test on one of my unused carbs and after less than a day I noticed that the metal ie throttle bracket/holder, idle screw etc (not the carb body itself) had some powdery like rust. It seems to kind of rub off but should I be concerned? Is there any way to avoid this.
  16. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    Did you RINSE thoroughly with WARM WATER?
  17. Easterner

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  18. Bump Stop

    Bump Stop 2 Wheeled Drifter

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    If you mix comet powder and water and scrub it with a scotchbright pad as a rinse it will neutralize the surface and prevent it from rusting
  19. squiffynimrod

    squiffynimrod maximum shrinkage

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    So I've got a plastic tub full o' contaminated Pine Sol. Cleaned a bunch of carbs, greasy bits, you name it and now I'm left with the remains. Is there any recommended way of disposal? I can't put it down the drain with all that grease in there.
  20. Lornce

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    Drop it off at the same place you leave oil for recycling.

    :dunno