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How to get wax lube out of concrete?

Old 03-22-19, 05:37 AM
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How to get wax lube out of concrete?

I lubed my chain over concrete a couple times. That dripped down onto the concrete. The drips are still there. The concrete is protected from weather a bit by an overhang, so I don't think that will wear the wax-based lube away any time soon.

I tried diluted bleach and then dish soap yesterday, along with scrubbing. I think that got some (and actually cleaned the concrete too). Is there anything that will really remove wax lube from concrete right away though?
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Old 03-22-19, 05:46 AM
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Call the Karate Kid. "Wax on ... wax off."


Seriously though, you would think a good strong detergent would work. You may need to try a whole bunch of stuff and see which works. Goo Gone, acetone, diesel, various types of acid, etc., etc.
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Old 03-22-19, 06:01 AM
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Try ammonia - That's what they use to strip old floor wax from linoleum, etc.
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when I spill motor oil in my garage I use coke. pour it on, let it sit for a bit then rinse with water. works pretty well.
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Old 03-22-19, 07:26 AM
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I use coke.
It's making a comeback. Two huge busts in the NE over the last few weeks. Both from ships.
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Old 03-22-19, 07:53 AM
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Pressure washer.

I need to do my driveway and patio.
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Old 03-22-19, 08:01 AM
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Old 03-22-19, 08:27 AM
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did some modest rear derailer cleaning last night & I was careful. but looking at my basement floor I was reminded that I should keep a large piece of cardboard nearby to place under the repair stand
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Old 03-22-19, 09:14 AM
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Regular old concentrated dish soap works as well. Pour some on, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub with stiff bristled brush. Repeat 2-3 times if it doesn't get it all the first time. I do this in my garage for bike lube, ATF, motor oil and anything else that happens to get on the floor.
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Old 03-22-19, 09:20 AM
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Boiling water.
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Originally Posted by bikerbobbbb View Post
I lubed my chain over concrete a couple times. That dripped down onto the concrete. The drips are still there. The concrete is protected from weather a bit by an overhang, so I don't think that will wear the wax-based lube away any time soon.

I tried diluted bleach and then dish soap yesterday, along with scrubbing. I think that got some (and actually cleaned the concrete too). Is there anything that will really remove wax lube from concrete right away though?
Hexane, a component in many (but not all) brake cleaners. I use it to remove candle wax that has dripped on concrete or slate.
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I think the OP should mix together everything suggested in this thread so far.

detergent
Goo Gone
acetone
diesel
various types of acid
ammonia
Coke
dish soap
hexane
brake cleaner

Load it up in the pressure washer, crank that bad boy up to eleven, have at it and then hit it with the propane torch suggested in post number 8.

If that doesn't work then what's left of the house can be sold "as is" as suggested by @fietsbob.


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Old 03-22-19, 12:22 PM
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I think this thread should be merged with the kickstand stuck in the frozen ground thread and be retitled: "How to Get a Waxed Kickstand Out of Frozen Concrete?"
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Old 03-22-19, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I think the OP should mix together everything suggested in this thread so far.

detergent
Goo Gone
acetone
diesel
various types of acid
ammonia
Coke
dish soap
hexane
brake cleaner

Load it up in the pressure washer, crank that bad boy up to eleven, have at it and then hit it with the propane torch suggested in post number 8.

If that doesn't work then what's left of the house can be sold "as is" as suggested by @fietsbob.


-Tim-
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Old 03-22-19, 01:54 PM
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@cyccommute could tell us what to do.
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Old 03-22-19, 01:57 PM
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I don't think you can get it out. Consider waxing the whole floor.
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Mineral spirits or naptha (camp stove fuel) will dissolve paraffin, but it takes awhile. Concrete is porous, so it will never completely be removed, just like oil stains.

I make my home made wax lube with paraffin, naptha and 2-3% auto gear lube.
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It's a garage floor and the ground. Care less like I do?
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Updated list...

Solvents
  • detergent
  • Goo Gone
  • acetone
  • diesel
  • various types of acid
  • ammonia
  • diluted bleach
  • Coke
  • dish soap
  • hexane
  • brake cleaner
  • Mineral spirits
  • Naptha
  • methyl ethyl ketone
  • boiling water

Mechanical
  • jackhammer
  • stiff bristle brush
  • pressure washer
  • blow torch
Workarounds
  • Sell the house
  • stop caring
  • wax the rest of the floor
  • Watch The Karate Kid movie


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Originally Posted by SKunKWerKs View Post
Propane torch
This is the correct answer. The wax will burn right out.
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Just add another layer of concrete ontop
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Depleted uranium will get it right out.
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