Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

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nolight
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Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby nolight » Sat Dec 15, 2012 08:05 am

If I want to clean my chain of dirt, is there a cheaper solution than using bike specific degreaser like Finish Line citrus degreaser etc?

I am on the verge of using WD-40 since it is lying around in my home and I heard it is a good chain cleaner (though not a good lubricant).

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smidsy
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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby smidsy » Sat Dec 15, 2012 08:29 am

Nowt wrong with WD40 for cleaning the chain. Just give it a good wipe down to remove any remaining residue and lubricate with proper chain oil afterwards.

Parrafin is also excellent for cleaning old oil and grime (and cheap) just do not do it by candle light :lol: .
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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby DesWeller » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:31 am

White spirit or diesel. Cheap and cheerful.

WD40 is a bit pricey for regular cleaning...

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby sturmey » Sun Dec 16, 2012 23:47 pm

5 litres of degreaser (oil and grease remover) for £8.90. Just as good as Muc off and A FRACTION OF THE PRICE:
http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Cleanin ... 260/sd3256

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby toasted whippet » Tue Dec 18, 2012 21:02 pm

for a quick wipe down of the chain to get rid of crud without having to remove anything, or threaten to degrease bits that shouldn't be degreased - use baby wipes (seriously)

Best thing for frame is furniture polish - cheap as chips

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bernithebiker
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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby bernithebiker » Tue Dec 18, 2012 21:26 pm

+1 for white spirit, you absolutely do NOT need expensive 'bike specific' products.
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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby MichaelW » Wed Dec 19, 2012 00:27 am

Paraffin seems to work OK. Is it too harsh?
I used to run 2 chains, one sitting in a jamjar of paraffin, one on the bike.
I would remove the dirty chain, put the clean chain on and...kazaam: ready to ride at once.
You can delay chain scrubbing till a later date.

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby dawebbo » Wed Dec 19, 2012 09:33 am

+1 for white spirit. Also doubles up as a tasty beverage :-S

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby zx6man » Wed Dec 19, 2012 09:35 am

KMC website

Don't degrease your new chain, you'll take out the valuable lube which we injected into the chain's bearing, instead, just dry the chain's outside, in order to prevent it from attracting dirt.

Cleaning

• Clean your chain after each trip, especially after riding in the wet.
• Always use a piece of dry cloth to clean the chain and it’s component parts.
• If neccesary, use an old toothbrush to clean between the plates.
•Do not forget the sprockets, front changer and derailleur pulleys.
• To remove mud or sand, use a bristle brush, if necessary with light soapy warm water .
• Never use acidic or alkali based detergents (such as rust cleaners), these agents can damage the chain and may cause breakage.
• NEVER EVER use a so-called ‘chain washing machine’ in combination with solvent. This is the one and only sure way to instantly ruin your chain.
• Avoid the use of solvents, not only are these bad for the environment, they remove lubricant from the chain’s bearing.

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby jermas » Wed Dec 19, 2012 09:43 am

Paraffin, white spirit, etc are great degreasers, but where do you dispose of them (terrible for the environment) ? They also smell, and aren't great to use with bare hands.
Water soluble degreasers are much easier to use- spray on, brush a bit, then rinse with water. Muc off aerosol degreaser is v good. I use Surfex HD- used neat it's as good paraffin. It can also be diluted with water and used as a really effective general cleaner.

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby richiebones » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:57 am

+1 for white spirt, you can put it in a glass jar until the gunk settles pour off the clear spirt and reuse it.
your local tip will have facilities for petrochemical disposal.

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby mallorcajeff » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:49 am

i use petrol. pefect everytime and cheap compared to a degreaser bike specific. oil it up afterwards. I do it every two rides about 100-120 miles each time i clean it. chain has done over 5000 miles and not even at the first measure of worn on the chain tool.

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby bernithebiker » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:57 pm

Petrol? Doesn't that stink to high heaven? And don't get it on bare hands there's all sorts of nasties in there.
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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby crankycrank » Sat Dec 22, 2012 15:08 pm

richiebones wrote:+1 for white spirt, you can put it in a glass jar until the gunk settles pour off the clear spirt and reuse it.
your local tip will have facilities for petrochemical disposal.

This. White Spirit can be even more environmentally safe than most cleaners by just re-using it over and over. Wipe out the remaining gunk and throw in the trash container, nothing goes down the drain or into the garden.

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby freddiegrubb » Sat Dec 22, 2012 17:50 pm

Whatever you use - after use get a funnel & a thick paper napkin, line the funnel & sieve the dirty fluid -it 'now ready for re-use. Bin the napkin.

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby Barbarossa » Sun Dec 23, 2012 13:35 pm

Por 15 Marine Clean http://www.frost.co.uk/por15-marine-clean.html. Great stuff.

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby ratsbeyfus » Sun Dec 23, 2012 15:35 pm

White spirit is great, but don't use it in a plastic chain cleaner or you'll wreck it. I recently bought some Morgan Blue chain cleaner from CRC. About £8 for a litre, and works well in my park tools cleaner, or sprayed on neat to cassettes/derailleurs.
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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby Herbsman » Sun Dec 23, 2012 19:54 pm

Funnily enough today I discovered that Aldi's kitchen cleaner is magnificent for cleaning bikes. I can't believe how good it is!
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No more Fenwick's bike cleaner at £10 a litre.

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby Bwgan » Sun Dec 23, 2012 20:19 pm

freddiegrubb wrote:Whatever you use - after use get a funnel & a thick paper napkin, line the funnel & sieve the dirty fluid -it 'now ready for re-use. Bin the napkin.


I did this last week, amazing how good a filter kitchen roll is

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Re: Cheap and effective degreaser recommendation?

Postby Manc33 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 04:22 am

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