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Old 01-17-2006, 01:32 PM
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Fuel, Grease and/or Oil leaks, how do you clean up the mess

Fuel, Grease and/or Oil leaks, how do you clean up the mess:
#1. Inside the car?
#2. Under the hood?
#3. On body panels = fenders, grill, doors and glass?
#4. On the driveway, garage floor or house/garage door?
#5. On your work clothing?
#6. On your tool box?

The opposite question is very important!
This would be a NEVER do this list.
What have you tried for cleaning these areas that damaged them?
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Old 01-17-2006, 02:32 PM
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For the garage floor I use Scoop-Away multi cat formula. seems to suck oil out of concrete.
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Old 01-17-2006, 06:00 PM
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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!!! When the techs' in my shop know they're gonna' make a mess they go out to the cardboard bin out back and grab a windshield box, which they then unfold and lay beneath the car. It's cleaner AND safer.
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Old 01-17-2006, 07:40 PM
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still looking for the end-all-beat-all way to remove those black diesel oil stains on the cement driveway left by my W116 before I replaced the oil filter housing gasket. Hell if I can remove 80% of them I would be happy....(or in other words reduce them by 80% in darkness)
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:55 PM
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Try the degreasers that are sold next to the floor coating, its $$, but theyre dastardly stuff (they did say mix it 2 :1... I dumped it strait and it worked GREAT)

If your going to get greasy, use some soap like a hand loation before you do so, then when u wash it comes out NICE. Crazy old mechanics tip I guess, but still works great. It feels wierd for about 5 min, then it soaks in so your all non greasy...

Stuff not to do...

Refrain from useing any dielectric grease on your MB tex seats when your allready lubing the tracks, its a ***** to get out...

Dont sit on a spray paint can with no top either... Grey primer too on the right butt pocket, but didnt get my wallet
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Old 01-18-2006, 09:32 AM
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On the concrete I use engine degreaser. Walmart sells a foaming one under their store brand. Spray it on and leave it to soak then use a hose. Works great.
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:44 AM
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Formula 409 took out a large streak of old oil across the front of a yellow oxford shirt - no stain.
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Old 01-18-2006, 06:47 PM
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i need to get a big steel pan like my friend has for his rabbit diesel to catch oil drips.. my D leaves a couple drips everytime i park it.. its most likely the valve cover gasket.. .. ihave a new one just need to put it on
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:09 PM
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Clean up

Seen on TV, speed channel I think, a product called (Greased Lightening) I bought some at WalMart. It is awesome stuff. WORKS GREAT! I also tried it on my RV before pressure washing it WOW. Did a great job.
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by whunter
What have you tried for cleaning these areas that damaged them?
I stuck the front floor mats in the washing machine. The sound deadening material and adhesive that glues it to the carpet didn't like that too much. I then left it outside for a couple weeks draped over a railing where it was forgotten, then rained/snowed on several times. Funny enough, they look pretty good now. Just missing some sound deadening material...
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Old 02-04-2006, 09:34 AM
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Thumbs up kerosene or a little bit of diesel

take a little bit of diesel or kerosene and just pour it right on the spot or use a spary bottle, i know from experience, it works amazing at cleaning the spot, the spot i spilled oil was better cleaned than the rest of the garage floor, the mother was happy that it was clean.
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Old 02-04-2006, 11:18 AM
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Just this last Wednesday we did an experiment in chem class on this subject. We had water, turpentine, kerosene and one other substance I can't recall, to get a dime size spot of motor oil out of a white cloth. The kero took it all out, turpentine left a slight hue of gold motor oil, water didn't touch it , and the other stuff lightened it slightly.
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:17 PM
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"Simple Green"

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Old 07-16-2019, 02:18 AM
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For concrete oil stains: Oil-Dry

Advanced Steps:
1. Use a Heavy duty de-greaser, Scrub with a stiff brush.
2. Power wash w/water and soap.
3. Let Dry
4. Cover stain in Oil-Dry
5. IMPORTANT: Wear Eye/Breathing protection (Oil-dry has Silica, dont breathe it in. It will turn to powder in step 6)
6. Use a standard brick and grind in the oil dry in circular motion, take your time, let the weight of the brick do the job. Working to fast will lift dust into the air.

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