Cleaning off lubricant residue

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Cleaning off lubricant residue

Postby 964Cup » Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:25 pm

I've got a chain, a cassette and a chainset all of which have a black, waxy residue on them (presumably from dried-on lube). I've tried detergent, alcohol, white spirit, WD-40 and petrol; it appears insoluble in all of them. So far the only thing that works is my fingernail. Apart from being ludicrously time-consuming, the scrape-it-off approach won't work for the cassette or the chain. Does anyone have any better ideas?

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Re: Cleaning off lubricant residue

Postby mpatts » Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:32 pm

I tend to wipe it on the curtains.
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Re: Cleaning off lubricant residue

Postby 964Cup » Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:49 pm

I see what you did there.

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Re: Cleaning off lubricant residue

Postby davis » Wed Sep 25, 2013 14:14 pm

Have you tried nail polish remover? It's the only other solvent I can think of to try. Plus your hands will look *fabulous*, darling
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Re: Cleaning off lubricant residue

Postby 964Cup » Wed Sep 25, 2013 18:56 pm

Worth a try. I was going to dig out our steam cleaner, too, in case heat does the job.

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Re: Cleaning off lubricant residue

Postby mpatts » Wed Sep 25, 2013 19:09 pm

I use white spirit and a toothbrush, works a treat

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Re: Cleaning off lubricant residue

Postby monkimark » Wed Sep 25, 2013 19:38 pm

Soak it in paraffin, give it a bit of a scrub and wipe off the excess.

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Re: Cleaning off lubricant residue

Postby 964Cup » Wed Sep 25, 2013 21:36 pm

mpatts wrote:I use white spirit and a toothbrush, works a treat

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White spirit didn't cut it. Turned out that disc cleaner was the thing. And, indeed, a toothbrush.

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Re: Cleaning off lubricant residue

Postby BOYDIE » Fri Oct 04, 2013 14:51 pm

I take the chain of and pop it in a plastic container with some gunk, or white spirit. Shake and leave over night. I use gunk degreaser on everything else.


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