The Pine Sol Degreaser Thread

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

  1. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Box-elder bugs, huh? Those must be what we called "telephone bugs" back
    in Texas, 'cause they said "hello and hung up!". The things we remember
    from our youth.

    Anyway, I cleaned a couple of carbs with Pine-Sol in my sonicator and
    they came out great. The only downside, if in fact it can be attributed
    to the Pine-Sol, was that the carbs got a layer of corrosion (much like
    flash-rust) almost immediately.
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  2. canyncarvr

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    You have a pic of that result?

    Hope I don't (end up being able to take one'a my own!).
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  3. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    I soaked an old KZ550 front master cylinder in some and it cleaned it out real well - even the "captured" sight glass area. Downside - it also loosened most of the exterior paint and the steel bore developed flash rust after rinsing/drying (just gave it a temporary coating of oil).
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  4. Marco Moto

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    +1

    I just finished cleaning two 20 mm Kehin carbs with Pinesol and I had the same result, the Pinesol cleaned the grease and the dried-out gas enamel gunk and did not harm the rubber parts, but completely tarnished the brass pieces and the aluminum of the carbs. It was also very harsh on my hands, dried them right out.
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  5. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    The gas cap vent on my Tengai was getting clogged and would cause fuel starvation when running at highway speeds for extended periods. Took it off and soaked it for a couple of days in Pine Sol, problem solved.
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  6. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Sorry canyncarvr, no photos, but my results were like MarcoPolo's above.
    On a second note, I used the Pine-Sol soak to remove the gas/varnish from
    a TLR200 tank, rinsed/flushed with water, purged with steel mix (argon/CO2)
    and silver soldered some holes. Worked great, however, once again--flash
    rusting of the interior of the tank.
    In retrospect, I think I should have compressed air dried the carbs followed
    immediately with some LPS1. The tank I probably should have acetone washed,
    following with stoddard or gas.

    Live and learn. Anyway you look at it, the Pine-Sol did clean well.
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  7. Marco Moto

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    I did dry my carbs right away with compressed air, the corrosion appeared right after drying.
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  8. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Well Marco, I guess what this really proves is that Pine-Sol works. It
    works so well that ALL oil residue is removed and allows good old O2 to
    do it's job. Oxidation. As Neil Young said, "Rust never sleeps".
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  9. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    No corrosion on my carbs at all.
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  10. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I told you guys to wear gloves in the first post -
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  11. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    Yep, now I know why...

    :umph
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  12. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    So that's what tarnished and corroded the metals............finger oil.:rofl

    Shoulda used these.....:ken
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  13. canyncarvr

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    **edit**

    Found it! It was in the bottom of the PineSol tub.

    Ya'll remember to take yours OUT!

    ________________________________

    I said to myself, 'Self! Watch for those..remember to take 'em out before you pressure wash the carbs.

    ...I didn't listen....

    Now I'm short one'a those 'thingys' that fits between the needle jet and the carb body..the nozzle.

    This is for a set of VE66 Keihns..off a '86 700SC set.

    Anyone happen to have a 'extra'?

    My carbys are clean now...but a completely worthless pile of poop! Neat. Clean poop!

    Thanks!

    :ear
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  14. Junglerot

    Junglerot Hodor!

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    And use heavy rubber gloves, this stuff will eat/break down nitrile gloves.
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  15. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    Doghouse_Riley Wannabe Adventure Tourer

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    I am a believer in the Pine Sol bath!:pope Been having idling issues with the XRL. Tried a number of things to no avail. Soaked the Keihin CV carb over night in Pine Sol. Took it for a test run today and there is a huge improvement. Just need to fine tune the air screw and we're good to go.:thumb

    So, now the twin Mikunis from the F650 are getting the treatment. Today was laundry day so I put the bucket o'Pine Sol on top of the dryer to see if some gentle agitation will be beneficial. The jets are in a small ultrasonic cleaner filled with Pine Sol.:jkam
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  17. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    I have been cleaning carbs in Pine sol for the last few months with very good results.

    Soak in 75% to 100% PS for 24 to 48 hours, rinse well with water and then blow the carbs dry using the air gun.

    The stuff is also great for degreasing a dirty engine. Put the PS in a spray bottle, spray onto the dirty area and let it soak un for a coupe hours. Come back and work the oily crap off using a nylon or other type brush and a hose.

    I would suggest using both rubber gloves and eye protection!
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  18. canyncarvr

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    I didn't read all of this again..but I think there was mention of re-using Pine Sol for this application?

    After soaking my carb bank the tub had a thick layer of gelatinous goo in the bottom. Anyone know what causes that? Could be a reaction of Pine Sol to crud on the carbs....but the carbs I soaked were quite clean before I put 'em in. They had BEEN cleaned by the PO..and had only a few grimy places..no 1/4" thick encrustations anywhere.

    The goo is not particularly discolored. It's thick enough to make me wonder about the reuse part.

    I used the Pine Sol straight out of the bottle...no dilution.

    Anybody else have that happen? Any successful (or not) reuses of a 100% solution?
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  19. Marco Moto

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    I've been reusing it, if you leave the tub uncovered the liquid will thicken into a gelatinous consistency, I added some water and used it again with good results.
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  20. canyncarvr

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    My tub has a lid, I kept it covered during the soak and afterward. Not at all anything close to an airtight cover, certainly.

    Maybe the gel in my tub was a reaction to a residue left from what they were cleaned with before. ..have no idea what that might have been.

    The gel doesn't 'mix up' much. I can stir it around, but it doesn't want to go 'back' into solution. It doesn't wash out of holes very well. A cheesecloth bag I had the jets in was on the bottom of the pan. All of the jets were full of the goop. It came out ONLY with compressed air. Washing the parts (soap and water) didn't touch it.

    I'll try adding some water before I dunk my next set of carbs.