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post #1 of 11 Old 11-12-2013, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Winter - storing chemicals, aerosols, and solvents?

So I've only been riding motorcycles (and doing all of the maintenance related to them) for a little over a year now. I've started amassing a collection of solvents, chemicals, and aerosols, and am wondering what to do with them over the winter. My garage is unheated and I don't know if any of them will be ruined in the freezing temps.

I suppose I could just bring the more expensive stuff inside (plexus, chain lube, cable lube, bike cleaner, etc. - these items alone add up to a pretty penny), but am not sure if it matters or not. I just don't want to have to bring EVERYTHING in.

I've read most of the labels on the more expensive items and the only stipulation seems to be about not storing them in hot temps - but I have to imagine the cold can be bad too??

...anyone have any thoughts on the matter? What do you guys do?

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where do you live at, and how cold does it get?

Here in the PNW it doesn't get very cold, I leave all the chemicals out in the unheated shed without any trouble at all.
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Northeast Ohio. I would say the average temps in the winter are around 20-30 degrees, with some extreme days getting down into teens or lower. Sub zero only ever factors in when there's wind chill involved

Of course, I'm sure it is generally a few degrees warmer in the garage as long as the door remains closed. Have to imagine that the sun hitting the roof would warm it up slightly inside.

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Any type of lube or solvent should be fine. It will just thicken with the cold and return to normal when warmed. Waxes, polishes and anything with water in it would probably do better above freezing.
Some of the plastic containers will become very brittle when subjected to cold as well.
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Any type of lube or solvent should be fine. It will just thicken with the cold and return to normal when warmed. Waxes, polishes and anything with water in it would probably do better above freezing.
Some of the plastic containers will become very brittle when subjected to cold as well.
Hmm, based on this I may be putting together a milk crate to bring in! Hate to see any of that stuff go to waste.

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Hmm, based on this I may be putting together a milk crate to bring in! Hate to see any of that stuff go to waste.
That's exactly what I do. My milk crate is full, on my workbench and ready to go to the basement.
I have found that some of the aerosols(especially Plexus & spray cleaner waxes) tend to come out in a "stream" rather than a "spray" if they have gotten real cold over the Winter.

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Plastics also tend to crack if frozen/liquid in them freeze, think spray bottle nozzles and pickup tubes. I would rather need to buy a new bottle of xyz than have some mixture of chemicals in the house Just because it is safe/stable in its bottle alone, what if 2 of them mixed... that said, I never bring in any of my cleaners, they are in a metal cabinet in the garage all winter, southern Maine gets to single digits


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I bring all chemicals and cleaners inside during our winters. Temps outside here may go to -20 F or occasionally a bit cooler...garage, maybe -10 F. Not going to use them from mid December till mid March anyway when the bike is parked. Wow 31 degrees here now with snow flurries and cooler tomorrow morning. Will still be riding unless ice and wet salt on the road into December.

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I've always left all my lubes and cleaners out in the garage in the winter. It certainly gets below freezing, although not quite as cold as the great outdoors. The only I noticed that was somewhat permanently changed by freezing was my car wash liquid. Of course, when they're really cold most of these spray cans of stuff don't work very well - the pressure gets too low and the liquid too thick due to the cold - but they work fine again once warmed up and given a shake.
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Northeast Ohio. I would say the average temps in the winter are around 20-30 degrees, with some extreme days getting down into teens or lower. Sub zero only ever factors in when there's wind chill involved

Of course, I'm sure it is generally a few degrees warmer in the garage as long as the door remains closed. Have to imagine that the sun hitting the roof would warm it up slightly inside.
I've had the same can of wd40 riding in my truck toolbox for three years and it's fine. I live in the same region as you and all that's ever happened is some car wash soap turned into slush... it was melted when spring came around though. Keep in mind all this stuff has to be shipped to the store through the winter - do you think they do it in a heated truck?

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