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Greasy Parts: The Perfect Solution

Discussion in 'Featured Articles & How To's' started by tylerite3124, Jul 31, 2021.

  1. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    We have all dealt with greasy parts at one time or another. We have all used every chemical known to man to try and get our parts looking new again. Some of the auto store cleaners are expensive and don't work very well either. But I got a tip from a Texas shade tree mechanic who gave me the perfect solution to degreasing parts: Pine-Sol. Yup, Original Pine Sol will clean your parts like new. However, you must be patient. I usually soak grease laden parts for 24-48 hours and they come out totally degreased. A simple rinse with soapy water and a little scrubbing with a tooth brush or stiff paint brush and you have a sparkling new part. You can use the PineSol over and over again. I just strain the used liquid through cheesecloth to remove any dirt and chunks from it. And you can buy a jug of Pine-Sol that I can barely lift for under $10 at Home Depot. Trust me. Try this and you will never buy a parts cleaner again.

    Rick Guest
  2. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Rick, what size tires are on your car and can you post a bigger picture?
  3. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    Hi Jim:

    In this picture the front tires are P235 60 R14 and the rear tires are P245 60 R14. I have since bought new 15" wheels and new tires too.

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  4. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    As soon as I buy it, THEY will make it illegal!

    OR change the formula...so it DON'T work...

  5. 65sunbeam

    65sunbeam SAOCA Membership Director Diamond Level Sponsor

    Does the Pine-Sol eat up alloy parts if they soak in it?
  6. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    It does not. But like any other process you have to keep checking on the progress at regular intervals.
  7. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Rick, Thanks for the bigger pic! I thought I could see flares in the small pic.
  8. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks to Ricks suggestion, I now use it when cleaning brake calipers. It does a fantastic job especially
    on aluminum Fiat calipers. The come in black, go out a brilliant silver!
    Thanks for suggestion it Rick!
  9. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    Great suggestion!

    BTW, if you want a good general degreaser, or some very good solvent for your parts washer, Tractor Supply has 5-gallon drums of excellent stoddard solvent (same stuff that most parts washers use) and it's reasonably priced. A 5-gal. drum lasts me all year in my washer with moderate use. See link below.

  10. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Bronze Level Sponsor

    Are you sure that Tractor Supply solvent is "Stoddard Solvent", because it doesn't say it is. I have 10 gallons here I bought from the "Dayton Tool Crib" and says on the label......"Rule 66, Stoddard Solvent, DOT proper shipping name is Petroleum Naphtha". And my solvent does have a strong smell to it.
  11. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    Pine Sol has a strong smell too Jan. It makes my garage smell fresh and clean
    with that familiar pine scent. A bonus unintended consequence!
    Tim R likes this.
  12. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    Well, Jan, to some extent you're right to correct me, but it's near-as-darn the same stuff. Stoddard Solvent is essentially medium aliphatic solvent naphtha, with small quantities of other additives (https://haz-map.com/Agents/10706). Crown's PSC-1000 is basically the same stuff, being 95-100% medium aliphatic solvent naphtha.
  13. hartmandm

    hartmandm Moderator Platinum Level Sponsor

    Any before and after photos after using Pine Sol?
    Is it being used diluted?
    Would it be suitable to use in an ultra sonic parts cleaner?

  14. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks Steve. Do you have any before and after pictures you can post here? There has been a request to see before and after pics and I don’t have any unfortunately.
  15. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    Hi Mike.
    Use full strength. I have no experience using Pine Sol in a parts cleaner but I would say no. The secret to Pine Sol’s success in removing grease is the time the part spends soaking in the liquid. A parts cleaner is used for quick cleaning. To clean parts with Pine Sol they need to soak for 24-48 hours. I have asked Steve (Sunalp) if he has pictures of his calipers to post as I don’t have any before and afters.
  16. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    Here you go Rick, a greasy pair of Fiat Aluminum calipers, how I get them in and how they look after a good
    soak in Pine Sol. Besides my wife hating the smell, it really works well, and is cheap! By the way, these get further treatment with
    an Aluminum Brightener and a quick bead blast. They look like new!

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  17. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    Looks great!
  18. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks Steve.
  19. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Rick passed the Pine Sol trick to me a while back.... very pleased with the results........
  20. MikeH

    MikeH Platinum Level Sponsor

    I’ve used Simple Green.

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