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Degreaser.(9 posts)

Degreaser.PurpleFrog
May 28, 2001 2:00 PM
I use Finish Line concentrated degreaser. I usually dilute it it 1 part degreaser, 1 part water. Has anyone had experience with this degreaser? and should I be diluting it more? I'm asking because I used a little bit of it to clean the outside of my rear derailer to make it nice and shinny. But, it seems that a small patch of what might be the finish on the derailer was removed. Was this due to the degreaser? Is there usually a coating on the ultegra derailleur, and should I worry if some of it came off? (I guess I could describe it as kinda like really clear thin laqeur?). and should I dilute this Finish Line product even more. Also, will the degreaser hurt the finish on the frame? Thanks for your help.
I don't know butmike mcmahon
May 28, 2001 2:24 PM
if you're concerned about the degreaser you're using, do yourself a favor and get some citrus-based degreaser from Home Depot or your local equivalent. A big, gallon-sized container is only about $5 American. It's cheap, it works, and it (as far as I know) doesn't harm the finish on anything. Sorry I can't provide any info on the FL product. Good luck.

Mike
re: Degreaser.jomag
May 28, 2001 3:52 PM
I use Finish Line citrus based degreaser full strength on my bikes then hosed it off with water 10 minutes after, and no visible harm on the finish.
re: Degreaser.Mel Erickson
May 28, 2001 6:44 PM
Save yourself a ton of dough and use Simple Green. Works great, won't harm you finish or your delicate hands. Works better diluted than full strength.
Simple GreenScottV
May 28, 2001 7:11 PM
Another vote.

Ok stupid questions. Mel how do you dilute it? I can only find it in a spray bottle and use it at full strength.
Simple Greengot2ryd
May 29, 2001 5:11 AM
i buy my simple green by the gallon from hardware store
Simple GreenMel Erickson
May 29, 2001 8:05 AM
I go to Sam's Club and buy it by the gallon (two gallon?). You can simply pour about half of the spray bottle into another container and replace it with water. Of course, save the half you pour out for later use. I use an old Windex bottle and mix my Simple Green 50/50.
re: Degreaser.boy nigel
May 28, 2001 9:14 PM
I can't see FL's products harming any components (maybe that is a thin "extra" coat on the Ultegra derailleur), since they've been around for a long time in cycling circles.

I use Pedro's Bio Degreaser full-strength on my bike frame and components (Shimano 105), and haven't had anything come off; no paint, decals, shine, or finish. When in doubt, though, try a citrus version or dilute.

Good luck.
re: Degreaser.pmf
May 29, 2001 1:02 PM
Try Zepp Citrus cleaner. It costs $7/gallon at Home Depot and works as well as any cleaner packaged for cycling (that cost 43 times as much). I use the stuff straight out of the jug. If its really nasty, I resort to mineral spirits, but that's rare. Whatever you dom stay away from purple degreaser, it'll screw up the funish on your components.