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What to clean toolbox with? #4532140
10/02/17 04:05 PM
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Well I've been a Tech at Sears for 5 years and my store finally went under. I started out as a tire tech and worked my way up. It was my first job and now next week i start at the Ford dealer a lil closer to my house. My Box is kind of filthy and I wanna clean it before I start. I know not to use brake clean but what else could I use to not take off the paint?


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Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: gabriel9766] #4532143
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Simple Green?


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Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: gabriel9766] #4532144
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Why not start with mild soap and water? Or simple green, or a degreaser?

Be careful with the ball bearing slides though!

Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: gabriel9766] #4532159
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I've always used the aerosol can of glass cleaner on my toolbox. The paint is still there after 16 years.

Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: gabriel9766] #4532163
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dawn, simple green, wd-40 works pretty good for tar like deposits
list is endless.. I wouldn't get too overzealous toolboxes don't need to be particularly clean.


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Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: cb_13] #4532164
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Originally Posted By: cb_13
I've always used the aerosol can of glass cleaner on my toolbox. The paint is still there after 16 years.
i was thinking windex but wasn't sure if it would effect the paint...


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Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: gabriel9766] #4532166
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I'm guessing it's a Craftsman box, right? (Duh?) The type of box makes a bit of a difference. I have some old Craftsman boxes where Simple Green is as good as paint stripper frown

Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: Rand] #4532170
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Originally Posted By: Rand
dawn, simple green, wd-40 works pretty good for tar like deposits
list is endless.. I wouldn't get too overzealous toolboxes don't need to be particularly clean.
its got some stuff spilled down the sides of it and has some hard water stains on it because of us cleaning the shop floors.


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2008 Escape XLT 2.3L MC 5w30 187K
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Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: gabriel9766] #4532171
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Rule of thumb is start with the least abrasive or least harsh option, so soap and water would be a wise starting point. Further steps would be dictated by the substance you're trying to remove. For example, you would handle grease differently than paint overspray.

Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: Ethan1] #4532173
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Originally Posted By: Ethan1
I'm guessing it's a Craftsman box, right? (Duh?) The type of box makes a bit of a difference. I have some old Craftsman boxes where Simple Green is as good as paint stripper frown
no its a 52' snap-on box.


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Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: gabriel9766] #4532178
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TSP (trisodium phosphate) you'll find it in the paint department at your local hardware store. We've used it to remove really old grease and dirt on old machine tools. It strips the dirt off the paint better than anything else.


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Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: gabriel9766] #4532195
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I have a Matco box and when I did wash it I just treated it as if I was washing a car. Used whatever car wash I used on the car.


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Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: gabriel9766] #4532205
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There's a Sears automotive near me... I've heard they have nothing to do with Sears but the name. I think that location used to be a Jiffy-Lube. Took my car there for an alignment once and they did OK... they buy a lot of stuff from the parts store I work at. Anyway, are they all going under? That would suck because they're like the only shop open on weekends...


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Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: dogememe] #4532214
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Originally Posted By: dogememe
There's a Sears automotive near me... I've heard they have nothing to do with Sears but the name. I think that location used to be a Jiffy-Lube. Took my car there for an alignment once and they did OK... they buy a lot of stuff from the parts store I work at. Anyway, are they all going under? That would suck because they're like the only shop open on weekends...
my store was best in the district, but we were also on the best real estate and we got sold along with the main sears store.


2015 Malibu LT 2.5L PPPP 0w20 46.1K
2007 Escape XLT 3.0L 5Q STHM 5w30/1Q MC full syn 5W20 115K
2010 Fusion SE 2.5L MC 0w20 110K
2008 Escape XLT 2.3L MC 5w30 187K
2007 Fusion SE 2.3L- 173.5K STHM 0W20
Re: What to clean toolbox with? [Re: gabriel9766] #4532235
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I usually used glass cleaner on mine, it worked well. When my box was new I would use a quick detailer spray on it and then a light coat of wax. It got beat up over the years and I used Windex or aerosol glass cleaner on it. Never hurt the paint.

I would sometimes spray brake clean on a rag and clean under the handles and the really greasy spots, it never hurt the paint, but my box is fairly cheap.

Its a upper level craftsman. Served me well for many years.

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