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Old 09-15-2019, 08:59:05 PM
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After reading the previous thread what are some methods and products to remove a hundred years of hard grease and grime from and original engine without destroying the original paint underneath. I have several engines that to have original paint but have been afraid to clean them. What would you put on the engine to preserve the paint after it is cleaned.
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could always clear coat it, one way....
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I have found that ten year old ethanol gas works rather well removing old grease and grime without hurting original paint. I mix a little bit of used motor oil in with it and just lather it on with a cheap paint brush. After two or three minutes I rub it down with a rag and see where I am at. It usually takes quite a few applications to get through the hard stuff. A plastic putty knife is good to cut through the thick stuff without damaging the original paint. I have used clean motor oil to preserve bare original cast iron and hundred year old paint with decent success. I have heard of people using linseed oil, I think the boiled variety, but I have no experience using it. I used to use pblaster to preserve paint until I found out that it would lift the weak stuff right off.

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I had a little stover that was just completely caked with hard dirt and grease, but had really nice paint underneath. I used straight kerosene and a hard bristle plastic brush and had pretty good results. It took a lot of time, but it came out nice in the end. Then coated it with strait penetrol. The penetrol will make the original paint really show, but it's not glossy or sticky like linseed oil can be.
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Whatever you use, if you're wiping it on/off with a rag and the rag turns the color of the engine then you just removed some of the original paint you were trying to preserve.

I just leave the 100 year old grease build up on them so if/when I part with them the paint underneath is as good as it will ever be for the next owner.

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You could try this product

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I use a 50-50 mix of kerosene and ATF. usually wont hurt the paint and removes the gunk. Straight kero works a little better but leavrs the paing with a dull finish
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A line from our traction engine works wonders.
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