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I have tried, Simple Green, Acid and Super Clean. But none of them seem to cut the grease and dirt that has built-up on my truck frame over the years. I am ready to start getting my truck clean and wired for the engine install and I want everything spotless.

I am going to try a 2,600psi pressure washer this time. Last time I used a 2,300psi and it was more like using a plain water hose.

Anyone know of some good soap or tricks?
 

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I'd go broke using Brake Cleaner I already buy the stuff by the case!

I mainly wanted to see if anyone had any trick mixtures or something like that. I want to clean everything under the truck before I pull it into the shop.
 

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x2 on the easy off. I have used the Gunk engine cleaner too but your gonna have to scrub it with a brush.

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I use a putty knife first, then go to the local car wash,that way the craps not in my driveway.The hotter the water the better of coarse.
 

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If you have access to a steam pressure washer it will take it off. It still helps to soak the bad places with greased lightning or something simiular.

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If it's heavy stuff, like in the frame corners around the crossmember, I just pour diesel fuel on it and let it soak while I haul it to the car wash... Then use "their" hot water to blast it off... Worked good on my truck...:)




Doug...:cool:
 

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x2 on the steam pressure washer.

We have one at work that is used to clean machines before rebuilds.
With a turbo nozzle and the heat cranked up all the way it'll clean down to bare metal.

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If it's heavy stuff, like in the frame corners around the crossmember, I just pour diesel fuel on it and let it soak while I haul it to the car wash... Then use "their" hot water to blast it off... Worked good on my truck...:)




Doug...:cool:
Its funny, the Gunk engine cleaner smells alot like diesel, prolly is!!

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Use a Steam cleaner. Get it good & hot, don't let off the trigger, even if you want to stop cleaning, it shuts down the heater. Something about the heat & pressure that does wonders over a plain old pressure washer.
 

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Would you believe that not one of the equipment rental compaines around here rent Steam Preassure washers or even pressure washers for that matter!

Good grief, sometimes I think I live in the middle of no where!!
 

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Ok so maybe I do!! But the Ingines got two Casinos in this town so you would think it's a big town for where we are!

Going to role by Fastenal and Lowes to see if they have anything that will eat through grease! Pick-up a can or two of oven cleaner.
 

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Alot of great idea's guy's, but some are good w/drawbacks. The high powered oven cleaner WILL take grease and paint from whatever it comes in contact with, including you if you don't wear protection:eek:. The best one imo is the steam cleaner. If it was me I would soak it down w/degreaser and let it soak 24 hrs. Then take on a trailer to the best hi pressured car wash in town and turn it on hot soap cycle. Should get most of it off. Good Luck and have a fun 4th.:)
 

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I'd love for the paint to come off while I am at it! The last owner used what looks like a paint roller to apply paint to the engine compartment and frame rails. (Over lumps of dirt and all!!)
 

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hook your pressure washer to your hot water heater. most water heaters have a port to screw on a water hose. just make sure the hose will hold up to hot water.
 

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I'd go broke using Brake Cleaner I already buy the stuff by the case!

Jones, You can cut your brake clean costs by using a Sureshot sprayer and bulk brake clean. I buy 5 gal. pails of brake clean. The sureshot will hold over 250psi. and lots of brake clean or whatever else that needs to be sprayed. My sureshot is 6yrs. old, beat-up and working great with no leaks. I took it to a job yesterday. Also try methelene chloride on the paint. Get it Lowe's or sutch. Tres....
 
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