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Stained carb... how to clean? #385064
07/18/11 6:07 pm
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What do you guys use to clean the stubborn stains from the exterior carb body? You can see in the pic that I used rust remover (phosphoric acid/corrosive) to clean the parts that will not be effected by air and fuel flow. It does an excellent job. Leaves a nice, clean matte finish. But I didn't want to dip the entire body into this elixir because of the sensitive nature of the restrictive jet holes. Have any of you used rust remover on carbs? Or are there better solutions? Thx.

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Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385066
07/18/11 6:15 pm
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There is carb cleaner that comes in a gallon can. Napa brand, I believe. Soak it for awhile.


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Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385075
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Try using an ultrasonic cleaner.
Works wonders!
HTH

Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385076
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Tape up the jet holes and soda blast! Guaranteed to work. Just be very careful to only hit the exterior and clean it up well afterwards.

When I bead blasted my A50's barrels... I thought I did a good job with taping everything. When I removed the tape, the whole insides (cam followers included) were covered glass beads. It looked like a sugar doughnut. Spent a long time with WD-40 and compressed air, but eventually got all the beads out!

Nothing works like media blasting smile

Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385079
07/18/11 7:48 pm
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Some recent discussion on ultrasonic cleaning here:

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbt...;Main=42541&Number=382752#Post382628



Kurt
1968-70-71 Triumph TR6R Bitsa - 1969 Triumph TR6R - 1971 BSA A65L - 1973 Triumph TR5T
2005 Ducati MTS 1000S DS - 2012 Ducati Hyper 796 - 2014 Kawasaki ZX1000
Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385080
07/18/11 7:50 pm
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"Berrymans carb cleaner" makes 'em sparkle like new.....one gallon can, dipping basket inside....don't get the stuff on your skin...real nasty. Read the can label.


69 Lightning
71 BMW R75/5
57 Cushman
74 MGB

So it's every hand to his rope or gun,
Quick's the word, Sharp's the Action.....
Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: bandit] #385085
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Originally Posted by bandit
"Berrymans carb cleaner" makes 'em sparkle like new.....


I've heard Berrymans mentioned in the past. Unfortunately not sold in Canada. Nor do we have Harbour Freight... Damn!

No old school tricks to clean em??

Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385091
07/18/11 8:49 pm
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How 'bout Permatex products in Canada?
"82580 Carburetor & Parts Cleaner"
http://www.permatex.com/products/Au...rs/Permatex_Carburetor_Parts_Cleaner.htm



Kurt
1968-70-71 Triumph TR6R Bitsa - 1969 Triumph TR6R - 1971 BSA A65L - 1973 Triumph TR5T
2005 Ducati MTS 1000S DS - 2012 Ducati Hyper 796 - 2014 Kawasaki ZX1000
Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385095
07/18/11 9:28 pm
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Methylated spirits will get rid of that as good as anything and will be cheaper than anything else you can get your hands on.


Mark F.
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'65 Lightning Rocket.
'74 Roadster Commando.



Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385175
07/19/11 12:15 pm
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Boiling is my favourite method.
Big pot of boiling water on the BBQ outside ( unless you enjoy eating cold baked beans & sleeping on the couch ) .
Pop several of those dishwasher tablets ( the ones with the ball in the middle ) in the water & toss the carb in.
About 20 minutes of a nice rolling boil with have it quite clean with a grey coating of zinc hydroxide which will rub off to a nice polished finish.
Pull the carb out of the boiling solution then pop it into a pot of clean boiling water and allow it to cool down before a final rinse in cold water


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Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385210
07/19/11 4:34 pm
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Just shoot carb cleaner on it or soak it in laquer thinner, just don't git any on plastic parts. Carb cleaner in a spray can does wonders on aluminum and WD40 does a nice job on the oxidized aluminum.

Gene

Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: HillbillyBarr] #385251
07/19/11 7:32 pm
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stick them in the dish washer dont let the wife catch you though mad

Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385254
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I like the dish washer too, even put some cases in there 1/2 at a time.
A little bleach run after and the wiffee is no wiser.
Richard

Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Richard Phillips] #385348
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I like the dish washer too, even put some cases in there 1/2 at a time.
A little bleach run after and the wiffee is no wiser.
Richard

Braver man than I laughing


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Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385374
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Once I needed to heat up a right half of a case to get the right main bush out and stuffed it in the oven while momma was gone. I got the bush out, but the house stunk with the oil that had burned during the heating process that was in the case that I couldn't srub out ahead of time... wifey came home to a house full of smoke... there was no hiding that!

Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Mitch C.] #385376
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I painted a gas tank fer a guy once then to do a quick cure i baked it in the oven. You couldn't git the smell of paint fumes out of that oven or the house. Luckily I wasn't married and was renting at the time.

Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385384
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Dont forget that very often you are judging the effectiveness of the cleaning process by looking at it on the outside.
Using solvents alone can often give a clean exterior but leave crud in the internals. May look good but still leave you a problem in the internal passages of the carb (more likely with the crap starvation fuel we get nowadays).
Whereas by the nature of the process the ultrasonic cleaners clean inside and outside.
So IMHO and IME I prefer to clean carbs ultrasonically.
But---hey---they tell me its a free country ---so up to you.
HTH

Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Tridentman] #385392
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Originally Posted by Tridentman
Try using an ultrasonic cleaner.
Works wonders!
HTH


I use ultrasonic cleaning too for my carbs, although, if the idle jet is clogged, ultrasonic cleaning will not always remove the blockage.


Peter.
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Re: Stained carb... how to clean? [Re: Bola] #385474
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Thanks for your excellent advise. As it turns out I did use a diluted (1:1) solution of rust remover/water. Worked a treat.

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