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Old 03-12-2018, 11:12 PM   #21
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To get the built up stuff off, I used a plastic scraper, oven cleaner, rinse, then clean as any other dirty part.

I have a question on electrolysis, I thought the part had to be clean and it only removed rust?
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:58 AM   #22
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Electrolysis will remove rust and paint, but probably not grease and dirt if it's thick and hard.
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The oven cleaner will do the trick. But be mindful when you are brushing it ,to wear a long sleeve shirt and gloves and most importantly good eye protection. That stuff will burn like hades. And forget it if you get into your eyes. Cleaning the parts is great. but not at the expense of your eyesight. And the mask as hardtimes suggested is mandatory also.
The best neutralizer for spilt/splashed oven cleaner or any lye based product is beer. Don't laugh, it works.
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:31 PM   #24
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A long time go there was an ‘auto laundry’ in Portland that would steam clean a chassis (dirt cheap even, as it were). Boy, did that work slick! In one day my Tudor chassis was spotless! That shop is out of business, and I don’t know if such an operation would even be allowed now. But if you find one close by that’s still in biz, get thee over there!
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:17 PM   #25
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A long time go there was an Ďauto laundryí in Portland that would steam clean a chassis (dirt cheap even, as it were). Boy, did that work slick! In one day my Tudor chassis was spotless! That shop is out of business, and I donít know if such an operation would even be allowed now. But if you find one close by thatís still in biz, get thee over there!
That steam can have its downside if used on an intact car that you don't intend to dismantle. I took a car to a place in North Portland years ago. The heat from the steam was so intense that is caused a section of paint to lift off of one fender. The process is very good at cleaning off an accumulation of gunk but it will also remove undercoating and so much of the good grease that you may end up with squeaks, creaks, and other sounds that weren't there before.
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That steam can have its downside if used on an intact car that you don't intend to dismantle. I took a car to a place in North Portland years ago. The heat from the steam was so intense that is caused a section of paint to lift off of one fender. The process is very good at cleaning off an accumulation of gunk but it will also remove undercoating and so much of the good grease that you may end up with squeaks, creaks, and other sounds that weren't there before.
Yes. To clarify, my Tudor was set to be completely dismantled for rebuilding right after the steam cleaning, so I wasn’t too concerned. As it happened the steamer knew to keep his work focussed on the chassis gunk. I think the company’s name was Russ’s Auto Laundry, located over near Lloyd Center. If you also lived in Portland, you might remember that place.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:25 PM   #27
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On parts and pieces that can handle heat use a torch to heat the grease until it burns out the oils. Will blast clean easily then.
X2 works fast and what I prefer - you will lose paint though. I always plan on doing my paint work anyway.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:31 PM   #28
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No 700, I went to the cheap place on North Williams Avenue where the operators were probably skilled but also impaired by the Ranier Ale that I observed them drinking on that hot day. Should have known better but was just a 17-year old kid with a $50 car and had assumed adults knew better.
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