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Old 03-05-2014, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Kerosene as base cleaner... Do or don't?

I've heard a bunch of different views on using Kerosene as a base cleaner, but nothing definitive. Can someone please break down the pros and cons of using kerosene to clean your deck? Are there any ramifications to using it as opposed to an official "Base cleaner?" ...Aside from not handling it safely, getting proper ventilation etc. Thanks in advance.
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IMO, mineral sprits would be better because it evaporates away quickly.
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Kerosene might be too harsh and may cause paint glue issue if it gets down the gaps in your base or onto your top sheet.
proper base cleaners are so cheap so why experiment on your multi-hundred dollar deck?
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I would hot scrape first, citrus based cleaner second, and use mineral spirits in a pinch.
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I'd be worried about the kerosene soaking into the base's pores and getting trapped. Next thing you know you're bombing a run and the friction causes the base of the board to light on fire.
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First off, I do NOT base clean. Maybe I've just never had a dirty base?!?

Second, Kerosene is the suggested cleaner for motorcycle chains. It's strong enough to loosen gunk, but not so strong that it ruins rubber o-rings.

If I did have to clean, I'd be tempted to use dish soap and hot water first. My guess is only tree sap would be tougher than dish soap, and you could use almost anything for tree sap. Mineral spirits, alcohol, etc.

I still say though, what's all this fuss about base cleaning and hot scraping?!?
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I'm with you Pout. Unless I rode over a giant dog shit and it impregnated its stink into my board I couldn't be fucked hot scraping. I get the shits waxing once, let along waxing, then scraping, waxing again, scraping, brushing blah blah fucking blah.

Fuck that I say.
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First off, I do NOT base clean. Maybe I've just never had a dirty base?!?

Second, Kerosene is the suggested cleaner for motorcycle chains. It's strong enough to loosen gunk, but not so strong that it ruins rubber o-rings.

If I did have to clean, I'd be tempted to use dish soap and hot water first. My guess is only tree sap would be tougher than dish soap, and you could use almost anything for tree sap. Mineral spirits, alcohol, etc.

I still say though, what's all this fuss about base cleaning and hot scraping?!?
you gotta have a pristine clean base to add extra steeze when doing a method?
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I'm with you Pout. Unless I rode over a giant dog shit and it impregnated its stink into my board ...........
Other than said shit, about the only other things that you would end up getting on your board base are cat / lift grease and tree / pine sap.

Both of these can be easily removed with a dedicated base cleaner used in a spot fashion. I would not suggest Kerosene. Rarely is there need to use a base cleaner on the entire base. Remember, base cleaners strip everything off your base, all wax included.

If you are waxing on a regular basis, then using a base cleaner takes you back to square one. If you feel compelled to clean your base then do a hot scrape and then apply a coat of universal or wax for the temp of the day.
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I don't base clean or hot scrape, but when I was looking into it the general consensus I saw was to use any type of citrus-based household cleaner if you couldn't find actual base cleaner anywhere.
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