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New chain cleaning method...

Old 08-27-08, 07:48 PM
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New chain cleaning method...

This may not be NEW to anyone, but I've never read about anyone doing it this way:

I recently aquired a VWR aquasonic sonicator....it's a big-ish heated unit that came from an industrial lab. I was using it to clean jewlery for my wife when I though "hey, this would be great for deep cleaning bike parts!" LOL

So pulled the chain of my bike, gave it a quick de-greasing in a coffee can with Simple Green, then placed the chain in the sonicator detergent water for 20 minutes or so. WOW! Talk about a clean chain!

Dried the chain immediately with air compressor, then inspected for leftover grime. No grime to be found. In fact, the chain is so clean, it's dry feeling. Hit it with some Dumonde Tech and we're back in buisness.

Anyone else ever try this? Hope I didn't ruin anything.

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Old 08-27-08, 07:50 PM
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Nope...just use mineral spirits on mine
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aqua sonic cleaning... the future...
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I have used an ultrasonic heated parts washer for a while with Simple Green, but like the thread the other day Simple Green has issues so I am looking for another suitable aqueous degreaser to use....
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I've been using Pedros Orange **** for the past week with great success.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
I have used an ultrasonic heated parts washer for a while with Simple Green, but like the thread the other day Simple Green has issues so I am looking for another suitable aqueous degreaser to use....

I figured I wasn't the only one doing this, but it was worth the mention. I lied when I said I was using Simple Green. I actually used *Simply WOW* cleaner/degreaser. We use it at work on some pretty expensive hunks of metal, so I'm not worried about using it for chain cleaning.
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I "borrow" degreaser from work, They all say " Industrial use only" on the side and work quite well I don't believe they're very good for the environment though.
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Old 08-27-08, 08:53 PM
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You're going to kill your chain that way, mostly by doing too good of a job at removing lube. It's hard to re-lube the inner parts of the rollers, where lube matters the most.

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...and to clarify I don't use my parts washer for my chain....only cassettes and derails, cranks, etc...

For chain I just re-lube with Pro-link which cleans at the same time.
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Yep, I use our lab ultrasonic cleaner frequently for bike parts, chains included.

An easy trick, keep the direct bath, water only. Put items to clean in an extra soda bottle, or "glad" reusable container (useful because they come in square and rectangular shapes that fit common lab units) and fill will mineral spirits, Pedro's, Simple Green, or whatever other concoction that makes you feel good. Put parts filled container into sonicator bath and hit the button that makes it go BBBZZZZZZ.

If you are the eyeglass wearing sort, and I am, a sonicator is your friend.

FWIW, Alconox is a good powdered lab cleaner that works great in a sonicator. Non-sudsing and pretty powerful. I've never tried, but I imagine almost any quality automatic dishwasher powder would be as good. In reality, the ultrasonic energy does most of the work, the detergent just keeps all of the soil in suspension.
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Old 08-27-08, 09:30 PM
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I just wipe my chain, re-lube, then wipe again, once/week. I only remove a chain one time -- for replacement. My chains are good for 7500-10000 miles, including rain rides.
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Yeah, but how much?
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