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VIDEO: Degreasing cast aluminum engine parts! #5387942 03/28/20 01:37 PM
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1. Purple Power
2. LA's totally awesome
3. Pine Sol generic
4. Kerosene
5. Steamer
6. Dawn grill cleaner
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Re: VIDEO: Degreasing cast aluminum engine parts! [Re: dwcopple] #5387986 03/28/20 02:40 PM
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Purple power burns your skin. I'd be hesitant using it on aluminum. No oil eater? That stuff is great.


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Re: VIDEO: Degreasing cast aluminum engine parts! [Re: dwcopple] #5388028 03/28/20 03:12 PM
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How did the Pine-sol do?..my sound card is dead on my laptop and the closed captions aren't always the best. I need to do some cleaning on some parts off of my '89 560SEL and I have some pine-sol in my cabinet but I don't want to waste it if it's not really going to do a good job.

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Fuller Baseboard Glue Remover.....holy cow but good to know.

Re: VIDEO: Degreasing cast aluminum engine parts! [Re: TXCarGeek] #5388080 03/28/20 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by TXCarGeek
How did the Pine-sol do?..my sound card is dead on my laptop and the closed captions aren't always the best. I need to do some cleaning on some parts off of my '89 560SEL and I have some pine-sol in my cabinet but I don't want to waste it if it's not really going to do a good job.

Not awful, but, use it straight with an aggressive brush.

Purple power was diluted in hot water


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Re: VIDEO: Degreasing cast aluminum engine parts! [Re: dwcopple] #5388087 03/28/20 04:22 PM
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My method...

1. Warm the part. I used a propane turkey cooker with a very large galvanized pot of water (I got the galvanized pan at the farm store)

2. Remove the warm parts from the almost boiling water and spray with oven cleaner

3. Let sit for about 20 minutes

4. Power Wash. The only scrubbing required was in the small crevices where the power washer didn't get

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Re: VIDEO: Degreasing cast aluminum engine parts! [Re: dwcopple] #5388127 03/28/20 05:16 PM
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I don't own a power washer yet frown


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Re: VIDEO: Degreasing cast aluminum engine parts! [Re: dwcopple] #5388135 03/28/20 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by dwcopple
I don't own a power washer yet frown


I didn't either when I cleaned these. I put them in the back of the truck after I sprayed them with oven cleaner and let the cleaner sit as I went to the self service car wash. The power washer isn't as much the key ingredient as heat is

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Re: VIDEO: Degreasing cast aluminum engine parts! [Re: dwcopple] #5388728 03/29/20 02:55 PM
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I've had good luck with oven cleaner as well. Unfortunately don't have anything to heat parts with.

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I've also had good luck with Mean Green from Dollar Tree and LA's Awesome Orange concentrate which smells way better than the yellow LA's stuff.


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