Cleaning tools

Discussion in 'Tool Talk' started by sospan, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    I know this will probably degenerate as quickly as the tool belt thread but going to give it a go....

    I am going through a process of servicing and cleaning up my power tools as I use them.

    Getting rid of all the accumulated dust, grim, paint splashes etc. A plastic razor blade works well to remove the dried on paint I have been using a combination of industrial hand wipes and the more abrasive ones ( Which work well for removing the majority of the stuff. However, there is deep ingrained grime in some of the plastic that won't shift.

    Anyone found anything good for cleaning power tools and the plastic cases ?
  2. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2019
  3. robertpstubbs

    robertpstubbs Screwfix Select

    Do you have a French maid outfit?
  4. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member


    Sos or me.:eek:
  5. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    Third post :rolleyes:
  6. retiredsparks

    retiredsparks Super Member

    Those wipes are a ridiculous price.

    I use 'Huggies' baby wipes for lots of clean up things... like silicone and general grime. Work a treat and dead cheap in BnM.
    For grime use spray sugar soap.

  7. goldenboy

    goldenboy Super Member

    My mate swears by "truck wash" whatever that is.

    Not convinced he doesnt use it as shower gel as well.
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  8. KIAB

    KIAB Super Member

    Use to get 25ltr Nerta Truck Wash cheap from a mate, to use with pressure washer, cheap way to buy cleaner.
  9. robertpstubbs

    robertpstubbs Screwfix Select

    I buy some consumables at B&M eg their gardening gloves which I use as work gloves. They are thin enough to give good feel and grip, and cheap enough to throw away when they wear out. And they come in nice colours like pink and violet.
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  10. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    After cleaning finish of with car vinyl restorer, brings plastic up as good as new! ;)
  11. retiredsparks

    retiredsparks Super Member

    Homebased red grippy gloves 6.49 per pair
    Biology same gloves but even better...1.29 to 1.50.
    Wonder why they are shutting local store in march.
  12. WillyEckerslike

    WillyEckerslike Screwfix Select

    It's probably some sort of TFR - Traffic Film Remover
  13. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

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  14. Isitreally

    Isitreally Super Member

    Try Brake Cleaner, its evaporates very quickly but does remove ground in grime.

    I use this one.

  15. AlvyChippy

    AlvyChippy Active Member

    appears to be doing similar stuff like CF50, but at a bargain cost. Used it on the bike, not on the tools, but although it said to be possible to use it as a cleaner- I found simple organic degreaser to be better 1'st stage of cleaning, then protecting with CF50 having best results.

    one thing I would stress to be weary of- to be careful with ANYTHING getting on to brushes, those get stuck-burn etc. When working at a workshop, not that I really did clean tools often, but loved having an air hose with thin trigger to blast out all the grime from motor protecting grills and have been rather shocked, how much of that grime has been in SDS drill, even a chop- (mitre)- saw.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2019
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  16. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    an interesting thought
  17. diy_nixy

    diy_nixy Active Member

    I use white spirit as most people generally have it as a house hold item. Keep a bag of cheap wet wipes under the sink (because they are stronger than kitchen tissue paper). Baby wipes or kitchen wipes will do. This removes grime from most things rubber/plastic screw driver handles or power tool casings etc. The black stuff will fly off. For paint maybe try a bit of wire wool or kitchen scourer.

    These are general house cleaner items so you could try these before going out and spending time/money on expensive cleaners etc.
  18. robertpstubbs

    robertpstubbs Screwfix Select

    White spirit can damage some plastics. I would rinse it off after using it.

    Alcohol (meths or surgical spirit) will clean some things.
  19. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select

    Very good for cleaning inside gas powered nailguns too, Paslode cleaner costs a fortune by comparison and does the same job :confused:
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  20. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    baby wipes aren't any good, most of them contain oils and they are too mild. The industrial ones work quite well as they have solvents in them for oil, grease and a lot of the paints.

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