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  • #15204

    Dustin McGrew
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    I bought a kart a few weeks ago and it could really use a good cleaning to remove all the grease and grime. Are there any products that you all can recommend for cleaning the chassis and other components?

    #15214

    Walt Gifford
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    Just use some cheap brake cleaner from Walmart.

    #15223

    Stu Hayner
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    Just use some cheap brake cleaner from Walmart.

    I’ve never been a fan of brake cleaner unless it’s to clean brakes. I use WD40 on everything metal, and ZEP orange from Home Depot for plastics and seat. If its caked on, anything you use will be a challenge. Good luck!

    #15225

    Brian Degulis
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    I’d stay away from brake cleaner it can damage the paint. Any commercial de greaser like Krud Cutter or Purple stuff will work. For a solvent mineral spirts (paint thinner) works great leaves no residue and won’t hurt paint or plastics.

    Brian

    #15234

    TJ Koyen
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    Starting fluid (ether) does the same job as brake cleaner and doesn’t eat paint. Use that to knock all the crud and grease off, then finish off everything with WD40.

    #15314

    Dustin McGrew
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    Thanks everyone. Used a little WD40 on some spots tonight and it worked great.

    #18405

    Martin Colligan
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    I use Pledge for cleaning frame and plastics … Cheap and the results are amazing !

     

    #18449

    Joe Bowen
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    I’m kinda in the same boat I just bought a kart and it looks like some minor surface rust on the axle and front hubs. Any suggestions to get that off?

    #18484

    William Martin
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    I’m kinda in the same boat I just bought a kart and it looks like some minor surface rust on the axle and front hubs. Any suggestions to get that off?

    Wire brush or ScotchBrite scrubbing pads…plus elbow grease.

     

    #18494

    Steve O’Hara
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    This stuff is the best cleaner I have ever found…

    Xenit Cleaner and Remover from Stoner. Won’t hurt paint or plastic but it cuts through grease, oil, tape or sticker residue, you name it with ease. No water involved so you don’t have to worry about rust.

    http://www.criticalcleaning.com/products/product?Category=specialized&Item=94213

    Steve O’Hara

    #27756

    jim molnar
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    find a dollar general and get some awsome. yellow cleaner is AMAZING!

    i used to use simple green but this awsome stuff is the stuff. spray kart down, set for 10 min and hose off. breaks down most of the nasty stuff. i follow up with cheap brake clean and another awsome bath after to nuetralize.

    then blow off with compresed air and coat with wd40….i head the pledge works well too but the wd40 keeps everything lubed up and makes it easier to clean the next time.

    been doing this process on everything from quads to karts for 30 years

    #28194

    Eric Gunderson
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    Best cleaner I’ve ever used is Greased Lightning (detergent/water mix) for anything that isnt super heavy greasy or grimy. It will make it look brand new, its unreal. Pledge and SC1 by Maxima Racing Oils are great products to shine and polish. Simple Green is a great all purpose cleaner.

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