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Old 09-12-2010, 09:09:15 PM
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Have a 23 FM 1 1/2HP that I'm getting around to putting back together. Has a two handle skid that may or not be original. I plan on running this old throttler in work clothes so I'm not looking for a perfect skid, but would rather clean the caked on oil off and not destroy the skid. Is there anything that I can spray on and hose off without fear of damage? I was thinking Simple Green, deck cleaner or a car wash but thought I'd ask the experts out there for the correct way to tackle this. Thanks in advance, Dave
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Default Re: Cleaning Oily Wood?

i would think deck cleaner would bleach it some. maybe some oven or engine cleaner from a auto parts store.. be sure to try a small spot first what ever you do ,maybe underneath to see the results before doing very much...good luck ..john
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Default Re: Cleaning Oily Wood?

I think that I would try spraying it down with kerosene first. Any strong solvent or anything water based is likely to damage some of the finish. Kerosene is an excellent cleaner and doesn't leave any residue. If it soaks into the wood, it will all evaporate within a few days.
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Steam Cleaner should cut the oil. Be careful to check if it is painted and whether the steam is lifting the paint. Maybe try to finish it with linseed oil?
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I just use a the solvent in my parts cleaning washer, its a bit on the oily side. Use a soft brush and a rag seems to work best.
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Use Kerosene. Steam cleaners are WAY too harsh. Just kerosene and a soft rag. Keep soaking the stubborn stuff until it's soft enough to wipe away.
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Default Re: Cleaning Oily Wood?

I have used paint stripper with surprising success to clean oil deposits etc. from wood and metal, the product that I have used is branded 'Nitromors' I don't know if you have that over there. The title on the can says 'kind to wood' cleaned everything up great, hose off with water after 15 minutes.
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Use Dawn dish washing detergent cuts grease and oil real good. Then use heat lamps or lights to draw excess oil out of the wood.
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Default Re: Cleaning Oily Wood?

I keep a plastic spray bottle with a mix of kerosene and diesel next to my cleaning projects. Numerous squirts during the day and weeks will hydrate the cakes of crud and make physical removal simple. Works well for me.
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Default Re: Cleaning Oily Wood?

If you are looking to pull the oil and grease out of the wood oven cleaner and you can buy a product called "whitining" from MIDWAY USA that will pull out the majority of it that has been soaked in the wood. I have used this method on a couple of guns I have restored that has gun oil and grease in the stock.
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