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    Gordon P
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    Chain Stains! Help!

    Chain Stains!

    I have a problem with oily chain marks on my cycling clothing, anyone know of a way or product that will remove these unsightly marks?

    Thanks
    Gordon p


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    Permatex/DL handcleaner.

    Rub it into stain, wash as usual.

    Check for color fastness, first.

    Hope this helps,

    ehenz
    The love of oil is the root of all evil

    And before I forget to mention it, this is one polite and professional forum.

    Thanks,

    Ehenz

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    I recall well the "bad old days" of black chain marks on my calves, socks, and/or trouser legs.

    Unless your chain is exposed to alot of water, consider switching to a wax-based lubricant, such as White Lightning.
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    I don't know if it would be a good thing for synth fibers like dri-fit or Cool Max or other like that, but believe it or not good old WD-40 will get lots of stains out of clothing, as will automotive handcleaners like Goop and Fast Orange. My mother-in-law told me about the WD 40 and I was really skeptical until I saw what it did for diesel and hydraulic stains.
    Be careful testing it on jerseys and stuff though.
    Unfortunately I can tell you that some stains are yours to keep once they are there...I have a Cool Max T that is my favorite summer top and it's got road oil all over the back from years ago. Nothing worked there.
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    A workshop handcleaner can dissolve oil pretty well and wont harm clothing. You can then wash the stuff out with water.
    Wax-based lubes wont mess up your trousers.

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    Thanks for the good ideas!
    Gordon p

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    According to a chemist friend who cracked the formula while developing a new line of bicycle lubricants and solvents, WD40 = kerosene + vanilla extract.

    Use it accordingly.
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