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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:37 am    Post subject: Engine grime  Reply with quote

I have played with my engines a few times over the years I have had them and I have always kept them well oiled and maintained but now I think its about time I cleaned some of the grime off the boiler, what is the best way of accomplishing this. Exclamation
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The basic rule is the more aggresive you are the more work you will have to get rid of the scratches. I always sttart with an internal clean (vinegar for 1/2 an hour) then an external wash with warm water and washing up liquid (give it a good soak then try with a worn out "green" pan scrub on the burnt bits). Then you will see how much more work it will need.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:57 am    Post subject: Engine grime Reply with quote

Thank you again Kevin for your input at the end of the day I just want to take off enough without harming anything. One of my engines has a small oval decal on the firebox which is just barely visible is there any way I can clean the decal so it shows up better. Question
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neat meths also removes a lot of soot and grime then you can decide whether to use a non abrasive cleaner to remove the stubborn remnants.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:08 pm    Post subject: Engine grime Reply with quote

Steam Technology wrote:
Neat meths also removes a lot of soot and grime then you can decide whether to use a non abrasive cleaner to remove the stubborn remnants.


Hello Dave thank you for the advice another one to remember when removing grime and soot.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A warm welcome to the Forum, from Toowoomba, OZ, Kevin. TBH, I rarely clean my engines, I just wipe them over with an oily rag. I deliberately leave the soot below the firebox, as I think the engine heats up faster. If you use good metho/meths, it's been my experience that you don't get much sooting. As Kevin says, once you start there is a lot of work involved in doing an engine up.

I avoid using Hexamine/Esbit tablet 'like the plague', in OZ they are at least 3-4 times more expensive that metho, they smell awefull, and they do, in my experience soot up the engine much faster.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aussieflywheel wrote:
A warm welcome to the Forum,

I avoid using Hexamine/Esbit tablet 'like the plague', in OZ they are at least 3-4 times more expensive that metho, they smell awefull, and they do, in my experience soot up the engine much faster.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:39 am    Post subject: Engine grime Reply with quote

Hi I normally use either warm soapy water or I find WD40 on a rag works really well also. Very Happy


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