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post #1 of 18 Old 09-24-2009, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Chain solvent

I'm looking for a solvent to get all the old wax and grim off my chain. Being new to chain drive, I think i want a solvent to clean the chain the put the lube on it. Bring on the suggestions.

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-25-2009, 12:01 AM
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dont use solvent its bad for o ring chains

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Kerosene .
+1 works great

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I use enginge degreaser, spray it on, wait 10 minutes and brush the chain with a fingernail brush on all sides, hose it of and dry it a little and the chain sparkles, why screw around with kerosene, what a freakin mess!

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I use enginge degreaser, spray it on, wait 10 minutes and brush the chain with a fingernail brush on all sides, hose it of and dry it a little and the chain sparkles, why screw around with kerosene, what a freakin mess!

Would not what you're describing above be messy?. I use a Kettenmax chain cleaner with kerosene. All run off goes into the collector bag that hangs below it. And there's no overspray.


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post #8 of 18 Old 09-25-2009, 07:25 AM
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Easy to use easy to get. Spray and wipe off for "in between" cleanings. Use a brush to get in between the links and inner plates for fuller cleanings. Use something else to lube as the mineral oil in WD is too light and will just fling off. I'd suggest DuPont Teflon spray lubricant.
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post #9 of 18 Old 09-25-2009, 08:08 AM
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Lotta chain threads here, most of this has been hashed out. As mentioned, any solvent other than kerosene is likely to swell and/or soften the o-rings in your chain to the point of failure, at which point the chain will wear extremely rapidly. A somewhat dirty chain is more of a cosmetic issue than a problem. Mainly when you lube the chain you are providing lube for the sprockets as the o-rings hold the lube in the pivots, along with rust protection (other than the dry teflon lubes). So there's no need to really soak the chain with lube, which in turn attracts less dirt, which means less cleaning.
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Kerosene works great, and doesn't have to be messy. I just get a shop rag wet with it and wipe the chain down. Takes less than 10 minutes to do a good job. Might get a few drops on the lift but that wipes right up. Wear latex gloves and your hands don't even get dirty.

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