Gettin' fixina tune up my Unisaw #21: Side by Side Comparision of cleaning products.

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Blog entry by Bothus posted 10-08-2009 06:46 AM 1422 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I took a few minutes before dinner tonight to test the cleaning/degreasing products I bought the other day.

I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

I just checked my receipt, I paid $1.50 for a 16oz can of oven cleaner at Big Lots.

I hope you found this useful.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 10-08-2009 11:07 AM

Thanks for the cleaner review. I am not surpirsed that the oven cleaner worked the best. I have been using it for years to remove pitch and resin from sawblades as well.

Most oven cleaners use sodium or potassium hydroxide as an active ingredient. Just wiping the surface will remove the bulk of the residue but there will still be some material remaining on the surface that may be problematic if you are going to paint. With the sawblades I will rinse the blade with water, dry and then coat with a rust inhibitor. You may want to consider wiping the surface with damp paper towels after wiping off the oven cleaner and then drying well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 10-08-2009 04:06 PM

Yes thanks for the review. I have used oven cleaner to restore my antique tractor, but I did was down the area before painting. Before paiinting I used a degreaser spray that I got at the Auto Parts Store, primed and then painted. Make sure you have plenty of ventilation. Also thanks Scott for the tip on the sawblades using oven cleaner. I saw this solutions where you dipped the saw blade in and it came out like new. I just can’t remember what it was called.

-- Mike, VT

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#3 posted 10-08-2009 06:26 PM

Why am I still thinking either WD-40 (does a GREAT job with sap & tar on cars) or Simple Green, used with a household scrubbie sponge or Scotchbrite pad?

Great stuff, Bothus … as always!

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 10-09-2009 05:32 AM

Oven cleaner is king….only thing that took baked on oil off my Harley engine when a bought it used…....more importantly though, what is that music in the background????

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#5 posted 10-09-2009 06:32 AM

NBeener, I didn’t think to test WD-40 but I use it all the time to clean stuff.

When I was at Big Lots I bought some Simple Green Wipes. I didn’t know they made them.

I didn’t test them either because the little women used one to clean my greasy finger prints off the screen door and she said it didn’t work that well. She ended up using the Orange stuff and said it worked better.

Mojoe, the music is KKJZ our local jazz and blues station. You can hear it at It’s a good station but they really only do blues on the weekend. I love blues.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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