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What's your favorite degreaser?(24 posts)

What's your favorite degreaser?Elefantino
Nov 30, 2001 6:31 AM
The thought for the morning.

Among those to choose from:
• Simple Green degreaser
• Orange Clean
• Pedro's (Bio or Orange Peelz)
• Citra-Solv
• Finish Line

FYI, if you're or near NE Fla tomorrow, come to the CFC Ride for Charity at the Cecil Commerce Center. Kenny Labbe of USPS will be there, along with USPS reps, Trek reps, me (raising money for the LAF), my rebuilt OCLV (just because I want to show it off; I can't ride yet.)
Simple GreenPaulCL
Nov 30, 2001 6:35 AM
It's cheap. It works. It's readily available.
re: simple green or generic citrus - whichever costs less - nmdzrider
Nov 30, 2001 7:20 AM
re: What's your favorite degreaser?pmf1
Nov 30, 2001 7:35 AM
Most often I use the citrus degreaser sold at Home Depot (Zepp) for $7/gallon. It works as well as the bike store stuff. For really big messes, mineral spirits.
I've grown to dig Simple Green's foaming degreaser.nigel
Nov 30, 2001 7:56 AM
I tried it (ran out of Pedro's Bio), hearing such great things about it on the board here. After getting it home, though (I don't know WHAT I was thinking), I realized that it wasn't liquid, but a FOAMING version. I couldn't exactly spray it into my Pedro's Chain Machine (Foolish me), but I sprayed it onto sections of the chain (while it was on the bike), let it sit for a minute as it clung on, then wiped my chain CLEAN! I was quite impressed. It worked nicely on the frame, too, since it didn't immediately run off the tubes onto the floor. It actually foams there for a minute, then starts to get watery, deep-cleaning while it's there.

Great stuff!

Speedy recovery, Elephant Man! :)

I've grown to dig Simple Green's foaming degreaser.Me Dot Org
Nov 30, 2001 8:28 AM
I use Simple Green or Nature's Orange with Finish Line's chain cleaning machine. This combo seems to work pretty well. If the foaming degreaser eliminates the need for chain cleaning machine, it's worth a shot.
SIMPLE GREEN IS NOT A DEGREASER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Rusty McNasty
Nov 30, 2001 8:41 AM
It is a cleaner! It contains SOAP!!! do you want SOAP FILM on your beraings??? It corrodes aluminum!!!! DO NOT USE SIMPLE GREEN AS A SOLVENT!!!!!!!!!
Soylent Green is made out of people!!!!! (nm)RhodyRider
Nov 30, 2001 8:47 AM
Soylent Green is made out of people!!!!! (nm)kyroadie
Nov 30, 2001 8:51 AM
I hear it tastes like "Chicken"!
it says that it isDog
Nov 30, 2001 9:04 AM
"All-Purpose Cleaner

Over 25 years ago, concentrated Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser was formulated for the industrial marketplace....but it kept finding its way back home! Customer satisfaction, loyalty and demand have since put the Simple Green "family" of popular convenient sizes in retail stores nationwide! The makers of Simple Green have spent over $3 million to verify the safety claims and unique formulation. Concentrated Simple Green had it right from the start. An environmentally-sensitive cleaner/degreaser that really works and can be economically custom-diluted for many, many different uses. From floors and walls to pots and pans, from windows to sinks and drains, from stained carpets to greasy tools, it only takes a little Simple Green to get big jobs done around the house. ..." (Acrobat file)
Read the big print, RustyElefantino
Nov 30, 2001 11:32 AM
I wrote "Simple Green degreaser"
You mean they have one JUST FOR BIKES???????Rusty McNasty
Nov 30, 2001 11:50 AM
Gee, I've been using the stuff in the 1 gallon bottle. IT has soap in it.
Rusty doesn't read - shoots from the hip in ALL CAPS.grzy
Nov 30, 2001 2:41 PM
Why would you take anything that he says seriously?

If he had read the original post it asked for what people use - not which is the best or has no soap. What do you use, period. Personally I find citrus based degreaser mixed with water to be the cat's meow. Non-toxic for both you and the environment and it leaves no residue unlike Simple Green. Simple Green is a marketing farce.
Read the fine print, Elaphantino!Rusty McNasty
Nov 30, 2001 11:57 AM
on the site, it says:
"Where to Use
The non-toxic foaming formula sticks to vertical and horizontal surfaces while removing grease, oil, dirt and road grime from chains, derailleurs and other components. The non-corrosive formula won't discolor or harm delicate, painted surfaces, finishes, rubber or plastic parts."

OK, WHY don't they mention bearings? Why doesn't it say 'won't harm bearing races and surfaces'?? If it were truly a safe degreaser, I'd bet that would be the FIRST thing they'd say.
Not necessarily, RustyElefantino
Nov 30, 2001 12:11 PM
Armor All, for example, SAYS it is great for automotive dashboards and other interior surfaces, when, in fact, its silicone base actually HARMS dashboards, leather, etc. when exposed to sunlight. Because it says it works doesn't mean it's so, just like the fact that SGD doesn't mention bearings doesn't mean it isn't so.

FYI, I've used SGD on headsets. It works on the cups but the bearings don't like the foam too well. For that I use kerosene.

If you're an environmentalist, I use Orange Clean.
Nov 30, 2001 8:58 AM
Gasoline for cleaning individual parts or an automotive spray on engine degreaser for cleaning parts still on bike.

He's ALIVE! Or perhaps back from the dead. . .js5280
Nov 30, 2001 9:39 AM
Glad to hear your latest purchase wasn't as big a deal as you thought it would be. You're a lucky man this time but make sure you butter her up for her forgiveness when she doesn't expect it. Great deal on the bike BTW. Saw the details in another posting. Have to check it out in person at the RfR. I'm going back this year too. Can't be too nice to Austinites here since the Buffs are going kick their butts this Saturday. Go CU!
I'll have to decide on which bike for the RFTR...Elefantino
Nov 30, 2001 11:34 AM
Or maybe I'll get really greedy and take two bikes, one for Saturday and one for Sunday!
environmentally incorrect answerDaveG
Nov 30, 2001 10:11 AM
None of the above: Odorless Mineral Spirits (aka paint thinner)
It cheap, effective and readily available.
Its also flammable and dangerous.
Generally, the nastier the solvent, the more effective it is. Bio-cleaners just don't do the job as well.
Pedro's Orange PeelzTig
Nov 30, 2001 10:40 AM
It's worked well so far.

If you have any left over, just add tequila and ice for a tasty beverage.
cant say that about thinners or diesel %) (hic) nmdupe
Nov 30, 2001 10:53 AM
Clean StreakMilesofsmiles
Nov 30, 2001 2:48 PM
Works like magic. Any greasy part you spray with it just instantly turns completely clean and shiny. It works so good it must be extremely harmful to the eco system or something....but I like it.
re: What's your favorite degreaser?siclmn
Nov 30, 2001 2:59 PM
Don't forget gasoline. It is cheap and quick.
re: What's your favorite degreaser?Rob
Dec 2, 2001 8:14 PM
JP-8 (jet fuel). really, Simple green works wonders for me. I do know it does attack Aluminium *IF* you let it sit on it for a long time (Lockheed has banned it from aircraft cleaning)