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#681855 - Sat Mar 11 2017 09:40 PM Best way to clean cans
Bmpregler Offline

Registered: Mon Feb 06 2017
Loc: Tulsa, OK
When you get dirty oil/antifreeze metal cans how do you clean them. I have been using carb cleaner but looking for what works best.



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#681860 - Sat Mar 11 2017 10:07 PM Re: Best way to clean cans [Re: Bmpregler]
Alex Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
From my experience, as gently as possible. I know that sounds dumb, but sometimes the paint/finish will start to flake/wipe off if wiped too hard. Especially on old cans I use dawn dish washing liquid. Let sit for a couple of minutes and then start to wash it off gently. I am sure others will chime in.
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#681861 - Sat Mar 11 2017 10:11 PM Re: Best way to clean cans [Re: Bmpregler]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Brandon, you probably should learn to use the "Oldgas.com search" that is near the bottom of each page.

Type in "How to clean old cans" and you find numerous threads and posts concerning this topic.

In fact, I would recommend that every new Member become comfortable with using this search. As most every question you might have; has been asked atleast a few times since Primarily Petroliana (Oldgas.com) came online...
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#681862 - Sat Mar 11 2017 10:13 PM Re: Best way to clean cans [Re: Alex]
advertologist Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 07 2007
Loc: So. Ca.
ever what you use start on the back of the can in case something happens .. ... cool

#681964 - Sun Mar 12 2017 04:46 PM Re: Best way to clean cans [Re: advertologist]
oletymy Offline
Active Member

Registered: Tue Oct 30 2007
Loc: Fayetteville NC USA
gojo hand cleaner without pumic works good
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#682073 - Mon Mar 13 2017 08:13 AM Re: Best way to clean cans [Re: Bmpregler]
It's for sale Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Nov 08 2012
Loc: Wellington, Ohio
WD40 , never damaged anything I used it on.

#693388 - Tue Aug 29 2017 11:35 AM Re: Best way to clean cans [Re: Bmpregler]
Gas Junkie Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 09 2017
Loc: British Columbia

#693392 - Tue Aug 29 2017 01:17 PM Re: Best way to clean cans [Re: Bmpregler]
Dale Stephens Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Jan 18 2009
Loc: Alabama, USA
If you are talking about cleaning the inside, which I interpret to be what you are asking, what you are using seems to work for me. Also, mineral spirits works well. If you are using carb. cleaner to clean the outside, you are one lucky person not to have already removed the paint from the cans you have used it on...
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