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one thing that works
Purple power or super clean. (one's by castrol and comes in a white jug with purplish label, and the other is in a purple jug) Both work about the same.
Very good on grease and oil, first tried it on a realy trashed sailboat I bought a few years ago. The boat had water over the berths, that I pumped out a few weeks before I brought it home, and the oil in the engine had floated out and covered everything with a nasty oily crusty stuff that resisted scraping pretty well. Threw a 1:4 mix of castrol and water into a garden sprayer, and sprayed everythng down, then went on deck to grab my scrub brush, when I came back in all the oil and crusty stuff was flowing into the bilge. Only had a few small spots that needed scrubbing, the rest was clean enough that it only took a hose to get rid of the residue.
The purple jug stuff comes in either a square jug (anti-freeze type) or a round jug that's a bit cheaper, but the round jug is 'ready to use' and prediluted.
Normally not so happy with cleaning stuff as they're all the same for the most part, but the purple stuf is great, use gloves, or rinse your hands right away though as it's will de-fat your skin. I do use some (highly diluted) in a spray bottle for washing my hands when I work on engines. Don't leave it on aluminum too long as it will stain it. (but beats the crap out of any 'purpose made' cleaner I've ever used for getting the varnish out of carburettors)
Edit: Just checked, it used to be castrol super clean, now it's just 'super clean' and purple power by clean-rite
Last edited by merc2dogs; 09-28-2008 at 02:07 AM.