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Best Degreaser that won't hurt paint on bike frame.(7 posts)

Best Degreaser that won't hurt paint on bike frame.niteschaos
Jun 17, 2002 7:56 AM
What is the best working degreaser that won't hurt the frame on the bike? I use Foamy Engine Bright (buy the GUNK company) cause all you have to do is spray on, wait 5 minutes, and spray off, but you have to use a cardboard spray shield to make sure none of that stuff gets on your paint or it'll eat the clearcoat for lunch. What other stuff out there works well enough that you can just rinse it off after you spray and let set?
re: Best Degreaser that won't hurt paint on bike frame.mpm32
Jun 17, 2002 8:31 AM
Lestoil, I use it for everything. It's cheep, find it in the laundry aisle of the grocery.
Simple GreenMcAndrus
Jun 17, 2002 8:31 AM
Everyone will have his or her favorite. I use Simple Green: just spray on and wipe off.
Cheap Home Depot solvent (but work fast...) or WD-40cory
Jun 17, 2002 4:20 PM
Home Depot and similar stores sell gallon jugs of stuff usually labeled "solvent" or sometimes "paint thinner" for a couple of dollars. I've cleaned parts with it for years, letting the solids settle out and pouring the liquid back to re-use, to assuage my environmental conscience. It works fine for frame wipedowns and stuff like that--I have no idea if it would dissolve cured paint if you let it sit, but it doesn't seem to hurt anything when you just wipe with it.
WD-40 is good, too. And for light crud, there's always Lemon Pledge.
re: Best Degreaser that won't hurt paint on bike frame.pmf1
Jun 18, 2002 3:44 AM
I would definitely avoid anything that eats clear coat. Eventually, you're going to slip with the cardboard.

For a drive train degreaser, I use citrus solvent sold by the gallon at Home Depot (Zepp brand). Its about $6/gallon which is way cheaper than citrus solvents sold at bike stores and pretty much identical. Just pour or spray it on and scrub things down with an old tooth bruch.

For the frame, just use a sponge with warm water and a liquid dishwashing soap like Palmolive.

For the brake pads and rims (where brakes make contact), use a green scratch pad and some soap to clean off build up.
re: Best Degreaser that won't hurt paint on bike frame.tj90
Jun 18, 2002 2:17 PM
Ive tried Formula 409 with no issue. It is a great mild degreaser that is cheap at Costco. I started using it after realizing that it looks and smells similar to the Performance Bike Degreaser (although theirs has something else added to it that foams).
re: Best Degreaser that won't hurt paint on bike frame.niteschaos
Jun 21, 2002 7:43 AM
I thought it said on the back "do not use on aluminum."