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Old 05-10-2007, 07:51 AM   #1
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Default carb cleaner/soak best???

i have tried napa carb cleaner $30/gal for 24 hr and advanced auto parts $10/gal for 24 hr. and dont care for eather one. napa was better but still not impressed. what do you use. i am not looking for a spray cleaner but a full rebuild soak cleaner. thanks
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Old 05-10-2007, 07:54 AM   #2
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Berrymans good, if they still make it. Most of the new stuff is weak and basically useless
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Old 05-10-2007, 08:19 AM   #3
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I've got a seven gallon can of Zep carb cleaner that works well, but again, it's several years old. Probably all you can get now is "environmentally friendly" carb cleaner that works about as well as soaking it in water.
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Old 05-10-2007, 08:36 AM   #4
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Default Re: carb cleaner/soak best???

Just like they all said...
About a year ago I rebuilt some carbs for my Dodge. I bought the Napa stuff because we have an account through them at the shop I work at. I too thought it worked at best ok.

I think the problem with the newer stuff is that it has to be 'environmentally friendly.'

Guy at the shop that used to work at an old Dodge dealership said they had the same 5 gallon container sitting there the whole 6 years he worked there- never got touched. One of his co-workers that had been there for 30 years said it was the same can they'd had since the early 70's when he started. Can't imagine all the old Mopar carbs that thing had seen.

Guess that's the way to go if you can find some of the old stuff sounds like your best bet...or just be very patient with the newer chemicals and don't be afraid to scrub a bit with the toothbrush afterwards...

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Old 05-10-2007, 09:03 AM   #5
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As far as a good cleaner you can just dunk and rinse, there are none I have found. But, after soaking your cab parts for a day or so in the cleaner, take them out and rinse with boiling water. Now, using Castrol "Super Clean" (the purple bottle) resoak your pieces for another 10 minutes in the bucket or whatever you use to rinse, ( I use an industrial sink) and you will be amazed at how dirty the runoff is, which means you are getting to the core of the junk in the carb pieces. Don't be afraid to take a brush and scrub the outer areas. Again rinse with boiling or at very least super hot water for about 2 minutes. Use compressed air to blow out all the moisture and any trapped debre, and you have it about as good as it can get. I have done thousands using this procedure and it does work.
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:13 PM   #6
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Hello All..today's cleaners are weak..Berrymans no longer makes the cleaner that burns your skin..Most of today's cleaners will work if you let them soak, rinse and soak again, again..What your doing is removing the build up little by little, that's why you soak and soak.
I have found that after boiling( like Dickster said) use a brake cleaner in the pressurized can..It cleans really good and the plastic nozzle will fit in the tiny passages..Use, rinse and do it again..Also when done boil in Qxy clean and rinse....
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Dont forget safety glasses if you're spraying around in there
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:37 PM   #8
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You mean Oxy Clean? The stuff the wife buys for the laundry? I never heard of using it. How much do you use and how long do you boil it for? I have two carb bodies I need to go through. I can set up the Colman stove in the garage. I dont think the wife will under stand why I'm making carburator soup in the kitchen.
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:47 PM   #9
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A very good mechanic I used to use who specialized in carb rebuilds always used laquer thinner for his.
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:16 PM   #10
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I used a gallon of kerosene in a 5 gal bucket. covered it with a rag and put a blow gun blowing a little air in it to agitate it and left it over nite. (the compressor wasnt on, I just let it run the tank out.) i found that this worked far better than any of the carb cleaners that i tried
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:21 PM   #11
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You can still buy the strong stuff. It's available as paint gun cleaner through your auto body jobber. I use Klean Strip. It comes in a 5 gal. bucket with a soaking basket inside. This product may not be for sale in some states like Ca. I've been using it for years,and does real well if you let it sit over nite. Temp does affect results, so I use a electric heater like the ones for the 5gal. body plastic cans, in the winter (I live in the N.E.). Just rinse with water and blow out with compressed air. Most aluminum comes out bright as new.
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Old 05-10-2007, 05:06 PM   #12
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Hello. Oxy-Clean...yes..Couple of table spoons per gallon.. use it after the soaking in carb cleaner, and the brake cleaner is used. keep reboiling till all residue is gone. It works best when it's "At boil" ....You won't believe what comes to the top or settles on the bottom.. Then boil in clean water.
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Old 05-16-2008, 01:54 PM   #13
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Just to re-visit this topic, last night I was rebuilding a carb that I soaked overnight in Chem-Dip from shitty Autozone, and it not only did NOT clean the carb nicely, it left this thick, sticky varnish residue. I pissed-offedly returned it to Autozone. So, now I'm back to square one. I have an old can of Mac's from NAPA, part number 6401, which they do not sell anymore. That stuff worked pretty nice, but I don't have much of it left after reusing it over and over again for 10+ years. Does anyone know where to get any of this? My local NAPA still lists it in their computer but says they can't get any, but they said maybe some stores still have it or can get it from their warehouse. So, if any of you happen to be swingin' into your local NAPA, check on it. If they have it, PM me, I'll pay someone to pick it up for me.
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:06 PM   #14
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You can still buy the strong stuff. It's available as paint gun cleaner through your auto body jobber. I use Klean Strip. It comes in a 5 gal. bucket with a soaking basket inside. This product may not be for sale in some states like Ca. I've been using it for years,and does real well if you let it sit over nite. Temp does affect results, so I use a electric heater like the ones for the 5gal. body plastic cans, in the winter (I live in the N.E.). Just rinse with water and blow out with compressed air. Most aluminum comes out bright as new.
I used to use the same stuff about 20 years ago on carbs. Also worked great for cleaning up cylinder heads. Would have to put the head in the can half way over night then switch it around the next day for another overnite soak. Took care of all the nasty carbon in the ports!
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:33 PM   #15
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Default Re: carb cleaner/soak best???

I used to LOVE that stuff - always burned the shit out of me... and it's a wonder I don't have f'n SKIN CANCER.

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Old 05-16-2008, 02:36 PM   #16
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This works BAD ASS on lawnmower heads, by the way.

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I used to use the same stuff about 20 years ago on carbs. Also worked great for cleaning up cylinder heads. Would have to put the head in the can half way over night then switch it around the next day for another overnite soak. Took care of all the nasty carbon in the ports!
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:16 AM   #17
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I checked with the local auto body supplier. They have Klean-Strip, but the guy said he would NEVER use it for carbs, because he said if it soaked in just a tiny bit too long, it would eat away at the passages and pit the aluminum. Is he exaggerating a bit? I figured a carb and a spray gun are made with pretty much the same materials (aluminum and brass) so why would a carb be any different?
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:52 PM   #18
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I think the "old" 5 gallon bucket I still have was called "Hydro-Seal". Man, that stuff works great! Don't know if you can still buy it, though.
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:57 PM   #19
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I sand blast them
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I checked with the local auto body supplier. They have Klean-Strip, but the guy said he would NEVER use it for carbs, because he said if it soaked in just a tiny bit too long, it would eat away at the passages and pit the aluminum. Is he exaggerating a bit? I figured a carb and a spray gun are made with pretty much the same materials (aluminum and brass) so why would a carb be any different?
I have been using this product for over 30 years for both carbs and spray guns. Motorcycle carbs too. Need to soak some carbs for 2-3 days sometimes. Never had any issues like that.
If you would be more at ease, try it on a scrap carb first. You'll be impressed. Frank
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