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 Post subject: Cleaning parts
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:58 pm 
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So I’ve moved a few bits around lately and I’ve ended up with a load of used parts (cranks/mechs/cassettes) that I would like to clean up and store or even move on. so I’m after recommendations for cleaning products/methods please.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning parts
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:46 pm 
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Clean them as best you can. Dry them thoroughly. If they have moving parts, coat them in WD40 (it's a water dispersant not a cleaner). Never store them in anything plastic or bubble wrap as if they're not completely dry then you'll get moisture or condensation if stored in a shed or garage. Use old dry towels or tea towels to wrap them.


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I use a citrus degreaser for oily parts such as cassettes and chainrings. Bucket of warm water to dilute it, a soaking and a toothbrush to get into the small crevices which seemed designed to attract and hold dirt.

Anything with a bearing I'd not touch with the stuff, unless I'm going for a deep clean and rebuild.

Dry everything thoroughly, as mentioned, gt85 helps get rid of the water.

Everything else I tend to use water and car cleaner.

To polish metal to a shine, peek works a treat, brasso is also helpful. Clean and wax afterwards.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:22 pm 
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Thanks guys just googled citrus degreaser and can get it from Screwfix so happy days.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning parts
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:13 pm 
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GT85 removes the dirt also


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning parts
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:12 pm 
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PeterPerfect wrote:
Clean them as best you can. Dry them thoroughly. If they have moving parts, coat them in WD40 (it's a water dispersant not a cleaner).



WD is an excellent cleaner :wink:

i use Fenwicks FS-1 very good for those stubburn caked on parts. As i said though, WD works a treat a lot of the time. And like above, drying is a good call :)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:00 pm 
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Also Fenwicks.
scrub the lumps off
Soak in fs1
Scrub, I use old toothbrush (not new, wife would kill me) as its great for getting in the corners
Once all clean lube up and store as described above. I tend to use card boxes so not sealed, and again I find wd or gt85 fine for a light coat of something to keep the moisture at bay.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning parts
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:04 pm 
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I've cream tub, white spirit, paint brush, rubber gloves.

Just as a point of order, WD40 themselves advise their product can be used as a cleaner. Its a bit of a jack of all trades so isnt the best cleaner, but its high ckntent of Stoddard solvent makes it reasonable on grease and oil.


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