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Forum topic by BB1 posted 11-25-2017 07:25 PM 438 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2017 07:25 PM

Opened my new chisels and need to clean off the grease/oily covering. I was planning on using lacquer thinner but thought I should do a quick web search first. I read somewhere that lacquer thinner should not be used. Naptha was mentioned. I have some sw909 orange-power plus heavy duty degreaser. Also have mineral spirits. Any suggestions? Don’t want to mess up here at the “first step” with the new tools. Thanks.

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#1 posted 11-25-2017 11:06 PM

Naptha is one of the best things for cutting oil and grease. If you have that, use it. You can also go to the auto parts store and get a product called SeaFoam. It’s pretty much sold everywhere. It’s not a foam, it’s a naptha based liquid that’s used as a fuel system cleaner and it’s excellent for dissolving grease and oil off of tools.

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#2 posted 11-25-2017 11:18 PM

Stumpy Nubs recommends WD40.

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#3 posted 11-26-2017 12:03 AM

I use WD40, works well.

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#4 posted 11-26-2017 12:25 AM

Any solvent should work. I use MS myself because it’s cheaper.

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#5 posted 11-26-2017 12:26 AM

Been using tried and true WD40 for 25 years with my tools at work and home. Easy on the hands, doesn’t screw with painted stuff and is much cheaper than just about anything. Came across a lot of 25 cans few years ago for $30 still have plenty.

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#6 posted 11-26-2017 02:18 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions!

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#7 posted 11-26-2017 02:57 AM

Naphtha is a good all purpose degreaser and residue remover, worth having around the shop, but for removing oil I use a citrus degreaser (Zep).

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