October 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm #35390AnonymousInactive
How do you clean your kart after a long day at the track? Mine is pretty dirty from the first day out (maybe it has something to do with a couple off-road adventures). I want to get it nice and cleaned up before the next time I go out, which might be at least 2-3 more weeks due to rib issues. I tried to do some searching for guides, but wasn’t having much luck. Any feedback or links to some tried & true methods would be greatly appreciated!
October 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm #35392tony zambosParticipant
If you have a source of compressed air, blow all the loose stuff off the kart. Stray it down with WD-40, then wiipe the kart down with 409, Simple Green or similar cleaner.
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October 17, 2014 at 5:23 am #35402AnonymousInactive
I agree with Tony except for a few words of caution. Simple green (and many other cleaners) are hard on aluminum parts. They will corrode/discolor that shiny aluminum.
Also, be careful with your bodywork. Some household cleaners will dull/haze that plastic, as well. Nothing like starting with black plastic and ending with grey…. or worse, starting with Red and ending with pink.
October 17, 2014 at 5:27 am #35403Rodney EbersoleParticipant
I use one of these with solvent http://www.harborfreight.com/engine-cleaning-gun-68290.html and rag it down.
October 17, 2014 at 8:19 am #35417Tim KoyenParticipant
I flush the bearings, gears, engine, and rotating things with starting fluid. Wipe everything else down with WD40. Avoid brake cleaner on anything powder coated.
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October 17, 2014 at 8:25 am #35418Dennis ChappellParticipant
Try Pro Honda spray cleaner & polisher or Original Bike Spirits spray cleaner & polisher on the body work and chrome it works grate. Bikers us it cuse it works. WD-40 the frame and motor than when your done hit whole kart with one of these, kart will look new.
Works great on all ATV, snowmobiles or anything like this. Also works for removing tar from along the bottom of your auto.
Can be found at any bike,ATV, or snowmobile shops.
October 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm #35858AnonymousInactive
Do you normally have to do any disassembly of the kart before spraying things down or leave things assembled and cover certain specific areas/parts?
October 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm #36057Brock WeissParticipant
I use mineral spirits and it works awesome then spray everything down with WD 40 to give it a shine
November 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm #36366Rod HawkinsParticipant
For some magnesium wheels for some reason wd40 doesn’t work well at all, but simple green works like magic.
November 2, 2014 at 7:26 am #36372brian downingParticipant
I use lots of brake cleaner; I buy it by the case when it’s on sale.
Careful of paint though, don’t let it sit long on painted surfaces.
Kerosene, isopropyl alcohol, camp fuel, all have a low flash point and are good at loosening greasy build up. Get a good stiff brush (home depot paint dept) to help scrub with kerosene. NEVER USE WATER! No where, no place, nada!
Buy bags of microfibre cloths from your local costco, sams club, etc.
Wipe and clean. As you go you should be inspecting for loose parts, nuts, bolt, cracks, etc. I disassemble to a reasonable point, clean and reassemble nearly after every race weekend.
It’s a good way to catch problems early and get to know how the kart looks when everything is in its place. It makes it much easier to spot issues once you’ve come to know your vehicle centimeter by centimeter.
BTW: This can work well on the spouse too.
November 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm #36393Mark ErpeldingParticipant
Nothing beats Boss CPS by Wayne Products Ft Wayne Indiana… Safe on paint , plastic, decals….
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November 4, 2014 at 10:19 am #36495Howie IdelsonParticipant
I just bought the new Molecule kart cleaner. I don’t think I will be using any other product from now on.
March 11, 2015 at 12:01 pm #43858baruch fishmanParticipant
Can you power wash the kart and dry it quick ? or this a bad idea?
will the water effect all the bearing on the kart?
March 11, 2015 at 12:43 pm #43859Ted HamiltonParticipant
I would never powerwash a kart, or any other vehicle, though it seems popular with dirtbikes. Hi pressure water into bearings, and other quasi sealed areas seems like a bad idea.
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March 16, 2015 at 11:53 pm #44236Mark ParkerParticipant
Blast it with mineral spirits with a liquid media blaster compressor tip ($15) and hose setup off of amazon
March 31, 2015 at 5:56 pm #45176Matthew TangemanParticipant
I use WD40 first on everything, brush as needed, then for bodywork dampen a blue towel or microfiber towel with denatured alcohol to get to grease free and clean. If you need to fasten new stickers at this point you are good to go.
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