Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: City of Orange,SO CA 92865
I got a secret, In got a secret...
I read all the posts on this subject; and I'm not surprised to find that the secret substance that you probably already have at home, that I have been using for years was not mentioned. To safely remove or strip heavy grease or grime from any surface, including my hands and cloths, to my chain and my concrete driveway, I have found that Spray And Wash laundry stain remover is the best. I agree that using WD40 is an effective method of breaking down many substances; I have also used it for years for the particular applications that it is suited for. WD40 is not safe to use on many types of plastic, vinyl, paint, or rubber, particularly grease seals and O-rings. As for carb cleaner and break cleaner, DON”T DO IT! After cleaning with WD40 your next task would be to clean off the WD40 so you can reapply whatever protection you prefer. Spray And Wash brakes down the heaviest grease or grime and washes away with water (warm works best) leaving the surface clean and ready to wax. A couple cotes of regular auto wax (I use Turtle) protects my rims for about 4 thorough cleanings with soap and water (and a lot of after-ride wipe downs with a wet towel) when the grease fails to wash off easily, I repeat the process, about 3-4 times a year. It is well worth the effort to protect the rims as well as all the surfaces of your bike, it will save hours of cleaning time in the long run. Goo-gone is also safe and water soluble, but not quite as effective in my opinion.
All Hail Great Surgeons and Gear Manufactures!
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