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    • #15204
      Dustin McGrew
      Participant

      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
      Participant

      Just use some cheap brake cleaner from Walmart.

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      41 years karting experience

    • #15223
      Stu Hayner
      Participant

      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
      Participant

      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
      Moderator

      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.

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    • #15314
      Dustin McGrew
      Participant

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

    • #18405
      Martin Colligan
      Participant

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

       

    • #18449
      Joe Bowen
      Participant

      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
      Participant

      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.

       

    • #27756
      jim molnar
      Participant

      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
      Participant

      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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