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Old 11-05-2009, 01:27:51 AM
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My newest toy, a vaughn drag saw, has a heavy layer of rust and grease. I find under this is a pretty good original paint job. What is the best way to clean this engine without taking off the original paint? Can you use electrolysis?

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Default Re: Engine cleaning, preserve original paint

kero, kero, kero. i tried use simple green and all it did was smear the grease. i then used kero and a parts brush. then when to a car wash and degrease it and wash it.
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I use mineral spirits (real mineral spirits) paint thinner. Kero can be hard to find these days, I may try diesel in my space heater this winter.
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Thanks peter. By the way I use diesel in my space heater all the time. Caution though, it puts a lot of water vapor in the air. Watch for a light coat of rust on stuff. Table saw, lathe jointer and so forth. Oil everything down. Thanks for the cleaning info.
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:23:55 AM
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Keep in mind electrolysis removes everything. Paint too. Not something you want on a presurve job.
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Default Re: Engine cleaning, preserve original paint

i've been using kerosine for years. works great. be careful going to the local car wash and hosing it off. a lot of car washes are still hooked to the storm sewer systems, and all of the kerosine and grease will end up in the streams and rivers.
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Default Re: Engine cleaning, preserve original paint

Now, add a little "Gunk" concentrate to that kerosene (paraffin) and you've got a really good grease cutter and it's also easy on the paint. Just follow instructions.

Available at about any auto parts store.

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menards and northern tool places actualy carry kero
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Default Re: Engine cleaning, preserve original paint

So does Lowe's, but it's about triple to quadruple the price per gallon at the local gas station. If you can't get your hands on kerosene, diesel probably would work about as well and would tend to leave more of an oily film to make that original paint shine.
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Hey sky, I thot that was true of electrolysis but had forgotten.
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I use go jo it works on your hands I just rub it on let it sit awile and hose it off
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