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Type of degreasers

Old 11-09-16, 07:14 AM
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Type of degreasers

Hello, I am starting to use degreasers. There are spray and liquid degreasers, then there is bike cleaning soap style products that act as degreasers, whats the difference among these 3 types?
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Old 11-09-16, 07:27 AM
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Shouldn't this be moved to the mechanics thread?
Bicycle Mechanics - Bike Forums
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I think the answer lies within the question.
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Just get this and put it on everything. Don't overthink it.


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mineral spirits, a.k.a. paint thinner works really well
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Originally Posted by sced View Post
mineral spirits, a.k.a. paint thinner works really well
That is what I use in most my cycling applications. I really like how it can be reused multiple times before discarding.
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simple green at the dollar store. Wont mess anything up either. Spray it everywhere. lol
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simple green at the dollar store. Wont mess anything up either. Spray it everywhere. lol
Not on the brake track. It will contaminate the pads and cause chatter.
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mineral spirits, a.k.a. paint thinner works really well
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That is what I use in most my cycling applications. I really like how it can be reused multiple times before discarding.
I agree. Just be careful with it...around ignition sources and such. Wear gloves and have good ventilation. There are not too many things that work as well though WD40 used as a solvent is one of them. You can buy it in a bulk "refill" bottle and use it like mineral spirits. The lube capability is a nice bonus feature.
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I agree. Just be careful with it...around ignition sources and such. Wear gloves and have good ventilation. There are not too many things that work as well though WD40 used as a solvent is one of them. You can buy it in a bulk "refill" bottle and use it like mineral spirits. The lube capability is a nice bonus feature.
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Ah, man....no fun!
As a synthetic organic chemist I have seen way too many solvent fires. That isn't any fun either. But I get the joke.
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As a synthetic organic chemist I have seen way too many solvent fires. That isn't any fun either. But I get the joke.
The brand of mineral spirits I buy advertises as 'odorless'. Should I consider that to also mean harmless, or should I always protect myself?
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Carbon monoxide is odorless.
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Good point!
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The brand of mineral spirits I buy advertises as 'odorless'. Should I consider that to also mean harmless, or should I always protect myself?
The fire hazard and toxicity (such as it is) are not substantially reduced by the deodorizing process.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Not on the brake track. It will contaminate the pads and cause chatter.
never had that problem.
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never had that problem.
I did.

I started getting chatter on the Zipp 303s and finding pad marks on the rim brake tracks. I filed the pads and it continued. i replaced the pads and it continued. I contacted Zipp and they said Simple Green leaves a residue and I should use acetone. I replaced the pads and have not had the problem sine... 5700 miles ago.
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I use rubbing alcohol on brake tracks. Works well. ChainBrite on chains and cassettes. I never submerge my chains in anything. They last longer if you don't wash the lube out of the rollers. Just clean the surface. Here's a thread with a viddy on bike washing: http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...ash-yours.html
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
I did.

I started getting chatter on the Zipp 303s and finding pad marks on the rim brake tracks. I filed the pads and it continued. i replaced the pads and it continued. I contacted Zipp and they said Simple Green leaves a residue and I should use acetone. I replaced the pads and have not had the problem sine... 5700 miles ago.
Ah! Carbon wheels. Sorry, dont have any. I wouldnt spray anything on those babies.
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I use rubbing alcohol on brake tracks. Works well. ChainBrite on chains and cassettes. I never submerge my chains in anything. They last longer if you don't wash the lube out of the rollers. Just clean the surface. Here's a thread with a viddy on bike washing: http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...ash-yours.html
Rubbing alcohol is the safe, effective choice.
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I never submerge my chains in anything. They last longer if you don't wash the lube out of the rollers. Just clean the surface.
How do you get the dirt out?
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How do you get the dirt out?
Out of what? If you don't remove the lube from them, the dirt won't get into the rollers.
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i have a jug of a potassium hydroxide based commercial degreaser with surfactants and foaming agents. will that work?
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If you don't remove the lube from them, the dirt won't get into the rollers.
How are the rollers sealed to keep the lube in and dirt and chain wear debris out?
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I use rubbing alcohol on brake tracks. Works well. ChainBrite on chains and cassettes. I never submerge my chains in anything. They last longer if you don't wash the lube out of the rollers. Just clean the surface. Here's a thread with a viddy on bike washing: http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...ash-yours.html
That isn't true. Once the cleaned chain is completely dry, fresh lube is sucked into the roller spaces by capillary action. A really clean chain lasts much longer than one which is just wiped off from time to time. Pros mechanics aren't concerned with chain life or bearing life for that matter. I would never wash my bike with soap and water.
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