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#4634908 - 01/14/18 05:24 PM oil to use to clean foam filters
NH73 Offline


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What oil to use to clean those Honda foam filters. I have some ATF that I have no need for. Could I use that?
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#4634912 - 01/14/18 05:29 PM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
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I thought that foam filters needed a surfactant to clean.
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#4635020 - 01/14/18 07:03 PM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
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Registered: 12/12/17
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Dish soap has always worked fine for me, (like Dawn) for all foam filters. I have a few on power equipment and have a Uni foam filter on our Honda XL75 bike. I oil them either with a small amount of engine oil rubbed in or K&N filter oil.
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#4635021 - 01/14/18 07:05 PM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
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If it's related then the filter cleaner in my K&N recharge kit uses Sodium Metasilicate as the degreaser. Not sure what the reoil oil is made of but I would bet any light synthetic would work.

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#4635063 - 01/14/18 07:42 PM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
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Dawn and water to clean. ATF to lube. Put some in and squeeze out the excess smile
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#4635097 - 01/14/18 08:06 PM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
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You could probably put the ATF in a spray bottle to distribute it smoothly.

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#4635105 - 01/14/18 08:11 PM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
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I clean the foam with mineral spirits, wring it out and let dry. Any oil can be used afterward, wring out any excess. Your atf will be fine.


Edited by Lubener (01/14/18 08:12 PM)
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#4635298 - 01/15/18 01:01 AM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
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I used to wash out the foam filter wrap on my El Camino with Gunk engine cleaner and then rinse it out with water and then let it dry before oiling. Over time the foam stretched out of shape. I'll be washing my new filter with dish detergent. I'll need to take good care of it. Those things are getting hard to find.
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#4635326 - 01/15/18 02:30 AM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
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Purple power or dawn dish soap, and warm water.

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#4635445 - 01/15/18 07:59 AM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
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You need to use a petroleum distillate (like mineral spirits or kerosene) or a soap and water based cleaner (like dish soap or simple green) to clean foam filters.

I like the the to No-Toil air filter system. It uses a very safe but effective soap to clean the filters, along with a gentle but effective vegetable based oil for the filter oil. The Honda brand of air filter care kit is a re-branded No-Toil kit.
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#4635529 - 01/15/18 09:12 AM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
boraticus Offline


Registered: 04/19/09
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Loc: Canada
I use mineral spirits (Varsol) or gasoline to clean filters then spread a thin coat of chainsaw bar oil over the outer surface of the filter. Not much other than clean air gets past that.

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#4635852 - 01/15/18 02:49 PM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
lars11 Offline


Registered: 12/16/06
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I used gasoline to clean them but I have had a few that disintegrated a while after the gas treatment. Could be the gas but I don't know, so now I use dish soap and then some oil to make them a bit more sticky.
Years ago Briggs manuals suggested gasoline cleaning...

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#4635928 - 01/15/18 04:30 PM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: NH73]
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Camp stove fuel. Basically, it's naptha, but cheaper. It's been my go-to cleaning solvent for about 35 years.

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#4636743 - 01/16/18 01:33 PM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: AMC]
irv Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
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Loc: Oshawa, Ont. Canada
Originally Posted By: AMC
You need to use a petroleum distillate (like mineral spirits or kerosene) or a soap and water based cleaner (like dish soap or simple green) to clean foam filters.

I like the the to No-Toil air filter system. It uses a very safe but effective soap to clean the filters, along with a gentle but effective vegetable based oil for the filter oil. The Honda brand of air filter care kit is a re-branded No-Toil kit.


No you don't, those are actually hard on them and will cause premature wear. I use to use Sunlight dish soap wit great success using it and warm/hot water.
Many use, which is likely the preferred way to ensure longevity, Twin-Air foam filter cleaner and their oils for re-oiling.
https://www.twinair.com/original-liquid-power-air-filter-cleaning-tips.html
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#4636860 - 01/16/18 03:13 PM Re: oil to use to clean foam filters [Re: irv]
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Registered: 04/19/09
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Loc: Canada


No you don't, those are actually hard on them and will cause premature wear. I use to use Sunlight dish soap wit great success using it and warm/hot water.
Many use, which is likely the preferred way to ensure longevity, Twin-Air foam filter cleaner and their oils for re-oiling.
https://www.twinair.com/original-liquid-power-air-filter-cleaning-tips.html [/quote]

I've used mineral spirits or gasoline for decades. Never had a problem and believe me, it cleans much quicker than soap and leaves no water in the filter. Clean it, squeeze it dry, add oil, work into filter and get back to work in no time.

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