If only engines could stay clean and grease free but unfortunately they inevitably become dirty and soiled with grime and oil. Cleaning engine parts and everything that comes with it don’t need to be a back-breaker. With the right gear you’ll be cracking in no time and have all the whole engine and all its parts clean as a whistle. Engines have also become more sophisticated and manufacturers have advanced to building plenty of engine parts made with plastic, even if only to act as a protective smart looking cover. Luckily as time has moved on the methods and products used to clean grit and oil have improved and cleaning your engine parts has become easier.
The Cleaning Process
So how do we go about cleaning engine parts when they are mostly soiled with oil and grease? Due to oil and grease being petroleum based, the advised method on cleaning residue would be to buy or acquire petroleum based cleaning solvents or liquids at your local garage. The point here is to remove all and any plastic from the engine because the petroleum solvents are capable of melting or dissolving the plastic bits if they should come into contact with the toxic substance. Remember safety first so always protect your hands and face by using the appropriate protection when cleaning engine parts residue and all the other metal bits and aluminum too.
1. First things first, buy or acquire the petroleum based solvent, but remember to buy enough to fill a large container or pan. Alternatively you can get a solvent tank for this purpose. Also arm yourself with some wire brushes and plenty of cloths and rags.
2. Start dismantling the engine parts carefully and make sure to separate the plastic bits and place them in a designated container filled with some warm water and detergent. All the other parts that need cleaning should be placed in the container you’ve prepared with solvent.
3. Using the wire brush with your rubber gloves you can start brushing the parts that you have soaked in the petroleum solvent to get rid of stubborn dirt. If you’re using a solvent tank there will be a flip switch with a pump which when turned on will be able to run from the faucet in the container. Be sure to run the engine parts under the solvent while scrubbing to loosen up all the greasy bits. Dry these using the rags and cloths.
4. The plastic bits should be given the same amount of attention and brushed with scrubbing brushes not wire brushes and can be rinsed with warm water afterwards and can be dried using the cloths.
Many people and mechanics differ in opinions on how to clean engine parts but its fine, as long as the parts are cleaned using ethical methods we’re good to go. Cleaning parts don’t need to be a hassle, just remember they are slightly more fragile so clean carefully and a good bit of advice on how to clean engine parts is, work methodically and remember where you placed everything.
Top Ways of Rust Cleaning
Rust has a nasty habit of ruining all your precious metals objects especially items that are out doors like gates, screws, your expensive cars, motorcycles and patio furniture but cleaning rust off metal is also much easier now than it use to be years ago. The only downsides to rust cleaning would probably be the fact that most of the products out on the market contain extremely toxic chemicals that are harmful to the environment if disposed of unethically. Cleaning rust off metal also revives the items condition thereby restoring its look and shine and ultimately its longevity.
How Rust Forms
So before we tackle rust what better way than to understand how it occurs in the first place. Simply put rust is the chemical process of metal being exposed to water and humid elements like rain etc… And the result is (iron oxide) rust as we know it today. This is worse for people that live in coastal cities because sea water and air is almost ten times more severe than normal water and causes rust to occur at much faster rates.
One thing to keep in mind when cleaning rust off metal is to always use a metal brush or wire wool (grade 4 and up) to scrub off the chunky rust bits before you proceed to apply any substances.
Cleaning Products To Use
- Some of the most basic and accessible substances that can be used for this purpose would be coke, vinegar and baking soda. Coke has been proven to remove rust from almost any surface but mostly from nails, screw, nuts and other generally smaller items but make no mistake; coke will eat whatever you put in it clean, especially if you leave it to soak for a few hours.
- Vinegar is quite common and does the job, granted you also leave the item soaked in it for a few hours. It’s recommended to use the vinegar undiluted and if the item that needs de-rusting won’t fit in a container of sorts then simply apply to the surfaces using a cloth.
- Baking soda is another favorite and should also be applied liberally after being made into a paste. This method works great for indoor metals and works well to remove unwanted odors as well.
Hydrogen Peroxide Is Another Option
Apart from the above rust cleaning methods there are other more toxic products to use like Hydrogen peroxide which works very well but sometimes rust appears on paces where you don’t quite expect it like for example; on concrete floors. There are two items you can use here namely; “Concrete Rust Remover” or Rusterizer which is an organic type of remover.
Cleaning rust from sinks is common and can be done using either hydrogen peroxide or household items like vinegar. Always be gentle when cleaning rust from sinks as they can scratch easier. Tools like hammers or even meat grinders build up rust but you should be okay using only wire wool or a Dremel tool with a wire brush.
Always take caution when cleaning rust off metal and read the labels of any rust remover products you may buy.