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03-06-2014 12:08 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by ZeMax View Post
Really ? I'm very surprised.
http://ymenvom.nl/manuals/U5VXEA.PDF

Page 6-22 of that manual says to clean the chain with Kerosene and a soft brush. Then wipe dry and apply chain lube.

The explanation I understood was that kerosene won't dry out the rubber o-rings in the chain (that actually stop dirt from getting into the critical parts of the chain). Something like brake and parts cleaner would dry out and potentially crack the rubber o-rings.
03-06-2014 08:58 AM
wrathfuldeity actually gasoline is not recommended to clean motor parts because it cleans too well and strips all the lube off the parts...thus kerosene and diesel are recommended as a parts cleaner cause it leaves a oil/lube residue.
03-06-2014 07:28 AM
ZeMax
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Originally Posted by poutanen View Post
Kerosene is specifically mentioned by Yamaha in sportbike manuals for cleaning the chain. It's just a petroleum distillate (like gas, diesel, etc.) and it'll dilute and therefore help remove other petroleum based products (like chain lube caked in dirt).
Really ? I'm very surprised.
03-05-2014 10:55 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by ZeMax View Post
Would you use Diesel or heating Oil to clean anything ? Kerosene is a bit more refined and dry then diesel. Do not use it as a cleaner.
Kerosene is specifically mentioned by Yamaha in sportbike manuals for cleaning the chain. It's just a petroleum distillate (like gas, diesel, etc.) and it'll dilute and therefore help remove other petroleum based products (like chain lube caked in dirt).
03-05-2014 08:46 PM
ZeMax Would you use Diesel or heating Oil to clean anything ? Kerosene is a bit more refined and dry then diesel. Do not use it as a cleaner.

Kerosene as a magical cleaner has to be one of the biggest myth. Anything from that's what firemen use to make their truck ruby red to makes stainless steel really shine.

Kerosene is great for jet engines.
03-05-2014 08:30 PM
extra0 tognar has a citric only base cleaner that'll strip everything off your base (they also have a naptha version, but it's way overkill). I bought the small bottle ($10) of the citric cleaner and even it's enough to last about 3 lifetimes. Wouldn't touch kerosene or any of that other environmental nightmare crap.
03-05-2014 08:18 PM
SnowDogWax
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Originally Posted by Oldman View Post
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.
+100 > the number of times you wax the faster the base, hot wax & scrape to clean.
03-05-2014 07:37 PM
wrathfuldeity I don't base clean,...hot wax and hot scrape...only very rarely.
I would not use kerosene because it leaves an oily residue...that is why its good for cleaning motor parts and bearing.
Another way to get a base clean...is get a base grind...but that is waaay overkill in most cleaning cases.
03-05-2014 02:17 PM
Argo I have never considered base cleaning... I just not wax it and don't give a fuck what's there usually... I'll knock off the big chunks and go for it....
03-05-2014 12:44 PM
linvillegorge Kerosene is some pretty harsh stuff. I don't know about y'all, but I'm not putting that shit on any of my boards.

If your base gets gunky, a quick hot scrape will get most of it out.
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