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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 10, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

Looking for something to clean a bit of assembly oil residue off block and heads before painint an engine - is Brake Cleaner a decent choice? The can I have from CRC says 'leaves no residue'. I am using spraybombs from Duplicolor - their ceramic something paint.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 10, 03:41 PM
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Re: Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

To get it pre-cleaned...ok. But as a final cleaned before paint May cause fisheyes.
I would hit it clean with Brake Kleen and then a final wipe with lacquer thiner. IMO

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Re: Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

How about Acetone for the final wipe?

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Re: Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

Brake cleaner is fine for getting the worst of it off but I wipe EVERYTHING down with BASF 203 or something similar before painting.
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Re: Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

lacquer thinner works awesome.

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Re: Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

Can you use a spray gun or spray bottle for the thinner or just wipe?

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Re: Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

wax and grease remover paint stores or part stores carry...i found that works the best . i usually get fish eyey when using brake clean...good luck

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Re: Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

I just used cloth for the thinner, you have to do some wiping, I'm not sure how any paint remover would work through a spray gun, never tried it.
Get a good set of wire brushes for your drill also.
When you paint it, do 1 coat at a time and make sure it is completely dry before the next coat, too many coats especially too quickly will crack down the road.

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 10, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

Thanks, I'll stop by an automotive paint store and pick up a good cleaner before painting and use Acetone on a rag instead of the brake clean to get the assembly lubes off the block, don't need any fish-eyeing!

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2nd for Acetone, but have good rubber gloves as it is quite cold and evaporates fast

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You can get a big bottle of Duplicolor wax and grease remover at most regular auto parts stores. I also have access to 99% isopropyl alcohol and talk about degreasing....use it without gloves and your hands look like Danish wedding cookies.

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Re: Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

x3 for acetone, that's what my buddy who does custom performance coatings on guns uses. He says there's nothing else that leaves less residue and does as good of a job at cleaning.

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Brake cleaner is fine for getting the worst of it off but I wipe EVERYTHING down with BASF 203 or something similar before painting.
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You can get a big bottle of Duplicolor wax and grease remover at most regular auto parts stores. I also have access to 99% isopropyl alcohol and talk about degreasing....use it without gloves and your hands look like Danish wedding cookies.
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Re: Cleaning Engine for Paint with Brake Cleaner?

Make sure that you have the proper ventilation, and air flow using that cleaning stuff. Hope ya don't smoke either! When cleaning anything...always check for silicon as already suggested.

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