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    Default Diesel to clean chrome

    My question is will diesel hurt chrome. I've done some internet searches and can't really find any information on this.

    What I'm doing is rebuilding my back rim. I found a Hallcraft rim I am re spoking, and am replacing the bearings, races, and seals but I want to clean all of the old grease out of the hub and re pack it.

    I have a parts washer I use to clean engine parts. I have diesel in it because it's cheaper than mineral spirits, more easily available, and less flammable.

    My question is, will it hurt my chrome hub if I clean the grease and grime out of it before reassembly? I know diesel leaves a film of oil behind, but I will clean that with degreaser or denatured alcohol before polishing.

    Any idea of diesel's effects on aluminum as well?

    Thanks

    "71

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1971 View Post
    My question is will diesel hurt chrome.
    Any idea of diesel's effects on aluminum as well?

    Thanks

    "71
    Nope it won't hurt it at all........ I spray kerosene which is about the same thing over my pan just to get the oil and crud off of the rear wheel and frame.... I think it protects the chrome and aluminum myself......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tattooo View Post
    Nope it won't hurt it at all........ I spray kerosene which is about the same thing over my pan just to get the oil and crud off of the rear wheel and frame.... I think it protects the chrome and aluminum myself......
    Modern kerosene and number 1 diesel are the same product.
    Dusty

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    Cool thanks. I just wanted to make sure before I did anything.

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    If ever curious about how a chemical affects a surface, test on something expendable and know before using it.

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    I use goop hand cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 47str8leg View Post
    I use goop hand cleaner.
    Simple Green will knock down grease, too. Smells like mint or something.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmboyd View Post
    Simple Green will knock down grease, too. Smells like mint or something.

    John
    You have to be careful with simple green , it etches cast material. Don't know about chrome.

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    Speaking of diesel, make your own Seafoam. 1/2 gal diesel + 1 qt of naphtha + 2 12 oz bottles of Isoheet gas treatment. Use 1 ounce for each gallon of gas.

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