Cheaper chain degreasing, & brake disc cleaning solution

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Cheaper chain degreasing, & brake disc cleaning solution

Postby qgwp » Sat Oct 16, 2010 19:32 pm

For chain cleaning.
Is white spirit ok to use as degreaser?
White spirit costs only £2.50 for 750ml in local DIY store.
If not ok to use white spirit, any other cheap options?

For disc brake cleaning.
Is neat Isopropyl alcohol ok to use as brake disc cleaner?
1L pure Isopropyl costs approx. £5 inc. p&p, so will work out vastly cheaper than most proprietary branded brake disc cleaner spray solutions.

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Re: Cheaper chain degreasing, & brake disc cleaning solu

Postby ropey » Sat Oct 16, 2010 20:18 pm

qgwp wrote:For disc brake cleaning.
Is neat Isopropyl alcohol ok to use as brake disc cleaner?


I use it all the time,works a treat!

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Postby Northwind » Sat Oct 16, 2010 23:01 pm

White spirit is fine, paraffin is cheaper though- go to B&Q and get a 4 litre tub, it'll last you literally years. Also you can keep reusing it- just let it settle and pour the top, clear fluid off into another container. (for best results have 2 identical chain cleaner containers- I use cheapo Tescos airtight food boxes- and one old coffee/jamjar. Pour off clean fluid into second cleaner container, pour dirty fluid into jamjar, clean out leftover muck and crap from box with kitchen paper. Once the jamjar settles pour off the clean fluid from that again, you'll always have a bit of dirty fluid in the jar but you just don't try and get it all out.)

Isopropyl is fine, that's all many break cleaners are in fact, but you shouldn't need much brake cleaner so it's not going to be a huge saving

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Postby GTD. » Sun Oct 17, 2010 06:43 am

Northwind wrote:paraffin is cheaper though, it'll last you literally years. Also you can keep reusing it - just let it settle and pour the top, clear fluid off into another container.


Like a paraffin parts washer :wink:
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Postby T1berious » Sun Oct 17, 2010 09:54 am

+1 for Isopropyl alcohol as it leaves no residue. Awesome stuff for cleaning rotors.

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Postby dan1502 » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:16 am

Where do you buy isopropyl alcohol from?
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cleaning solutions

Postby qgwp » Sun Oct 17, 2010 17:01 pm

1L Pure Isopropyl alcohol is £5 inc. p&p on eBay.

Sounds like paraffin is probably best cheap option for chain, etc.

I tried white spirit today, using old large pickle jar on a spare used chain.
Chain was already washed, & degreased a week ago before removal from bike, with weldtite citrus degreaser, & chain cleaner gizmo. It had just a fine spray of GT85 to protect after degreasing.
I'm astonished how black the white spirit in jar rapidly became.

Whilst in DIY store today buying white spirit, I bought Meths to try as cheap brake disc cleaner, as it mentioned smear free grease removal from glass. It seems to work perfectly on rotors, & residue almost instantly evaporates to leave no trace.

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Postby GTD. » Sun Oct 17, 2010 18:51 pm

Some meths do evaporate without leaving a residue, depends on the formulation... if it does its good to use on discs.

Looked at surgical sprit as its IPA based but a lot of it contains caster oil :(

Just used a bottle of Turps substitute (kerosene) to clean a bike chain, worked quite well.
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Postby Deputy Dawg » Sun Oct 17, 2010 21:29 pm

I've used unleaded before but I had a a couple litres of the dodgy stuff Tesco were selling a year or 2 ago to use up.

I normally use some neat Fenicks FX1 in a bottle & shake the chain clean. I'll periodically pass it through a coffee filter to remove the gunk though.

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Postby Northwind » Sun Oct 17, 2010 21:43 pm

Diesel is another good one for chain cleaning. But paraffin tends to work out cheaper.

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Postby diy » Mon Oct 18, 2010 08:54 am

obviously you're only using small amounts of diesel, but its slippy as feck if it gets on your tyres and it doesn't evaporate like the other stuff mentioned.

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Postby dan1502 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:14 pm

Ordered some isopropyl alcohol from ebay. Thanks for the advice where to get it.
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Postby Northwind » Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:53 pm

diy wrote:obviously you're only using small amounts of diesel, but its slippy as feck if it gets on your tyres and it doesn't evaporate like the other stuff mentioned.


Yup, very true.

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Postby Neily03 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 13:03 pm

I use MEK at work, chuck the chain in a cup of it for 5 minutes, give it a shake and it's cleaner than when new. Easy and free. :D

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Postby BlueAdvocate » Tue Oct 19, 2010 06:45 am

I use paraffin for the chain; works like a dream. Always used to use it on car parts that needed degreasing.


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