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As most of you know, I just bought my zx6r off of an idiot who cant wheelie and laid it down. :bonk: Oil everywhere! (see pictures below) Basically my question is: What is a good method or product for removing "gunk" and oil off plastics? All the mess is inside the fairings. All i have done is scrape off the major chunks with a spatula and it took off the top layer pretty good. Anybody know of any "de-greasers" that remove that nasty black sludge and motor oil really well?
 

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take it to a car was with a pressure washer. i always use it and ppl always ask me if i clean my bike all they time casue it gets real clean, but mine also has degreaser that runs through it. and also watch out casue soem degreasers will discolor stuff.

btw what replacement stator cover are you gonna get?
 

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Luckily the old man just bought a bunch of stuff for his garage and Vette, including a pressure washer! Ill have to head on over there and give the ninja a good pressure wash.

I already got the new one and put it on. Its just a brand new Magnesium OEM stator cover. cost about $80. Not too bad, but i probably could have shopped around and got a better price. Ill have pics soon of the "rebuild" BTW still want to give those turn signals away?
 

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I would suggest that you DO NOT use a high pressure sprayer on your bike! You can seriously F stuff up with that!!!!!

Also, get some hi-temp gasket sealer, the stuff you use on head gaskets and stuff, you can get it at any auto shop. You are going to need some when you replace that stator cover.

Any auto degreaser should work on that grime. Just get it at the auto store when you buy the gasket maker stuff. I have a Castrol brand stuff, it's in a purple spray bottle. I use that on my rims and to get stuburn bugs off. It works well and hasn't given me any paint problems!
 

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Also, get some hi-temp gasket sealer, the stuff you use on head gaskets and stuff, you can get it at any auto shop. You are going to need some when you replace that stator cover.
I used some for my clutch cover. I took it off, replaced the O-Ring and it still leaked oil. I gooped it up with gasket sealer and no-mo problems. :dthumb:
 

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Be careful of Simple Green degreaser. It can be harmful to your paint. I have seen it eff up Suzuki wheels and dull the finish. Dont ask me how it happened, it just did. It also dulled the finish on some stock aluminum Jeep wheels.
Goof-Off stained the lower fairing on my RC51, it actually got into the catch pan area and worked its way into the paint. Just my experience.
The organic Orange Blast-RocketFuel type cleaners have worked for me.
That Castrol stuff mentioned works good too!
 

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I used some for my clutch cover. I took it off, replaced the O-Ring and it still leaked oil. I gooped it up with gasket sealer and no-mo problems. :dthumb:
That stuff is a must have...

So is Goo-Gone. It's good stuff!
 

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Does that stuff you deemed "paint eating" go all the way through the fairing? Because for me, I would be cleaning the inside of the fairings just so it doesnt periodically leak oil on the floor. Ive been leaning both fairings up against the wall with cardboard under them just to drain until I figure out what to do.
 

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i use a pressure washer on my bike all the time, no way in he!! im gonna try and get all the bugs off by hand and scratch the piss out of my bike. use the pressure washer for your plastic and wheels and then just wash the rest by hand.

but yes u can screw stuff up with a pressure washer.
 

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Just be carefull! A pressure sprayer can chew threw drywall, vynal siding, wood, paint, plastic, and much more. Of coarse this is for a good pressure sprayer. The one I use is like a 2500 or 3000 psi... ya know a nice one with a 6hp Briggs n straton.

But anyway, my point is that you don't want to go blastin off paint, or chew thru gaskets on your motor or whatever...there is so many bad things you can do with one of those!
 

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Just be carefull! A pressure sprayer can chew threw drywall, vynal siding, wood, paint, plastic, and much more. Of coarse this is for a good pressure sprayer. The one I use is like a 2500 or 3000 psi... ya know a nice one with a 6hp Briggs n straton.

But anyway, my point is that you don't want to go blastin off paint, or chew thru gaskets on your motor or whatever...there is so many bad things you can do with one of those!

Yea the plan was just to take off the plastics, and wash the inside of the plastics. not gonna touch the motor, guages, seat, the air intake vents, and the inside of the muffler (cause it gets really dirty in there, too). power spraying is good for brute force. More delicate detailed work requires human hands. But I could see some 'tard power washing his entire bike... :lol:
 

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You can also try liquid dawn dishwashing liquid, with very hot water (but not boiling). Use gloves. Dawn breaks down grease, and the hot water really helps too.

Many years ago, I used to be a prestige car detailer. We had a kerosene heated pressure washer that we used to degrease the engines. The heated water was the only way to effectively 'steam clean' the motor. Cold water was pretty much useless.
 

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Funny, a buddy of mine mentioned using Dawn and hot water today...

Is that you Bob? :skep:



j/k thanks for the tips. Ill give her a whirl soon. My bike is in the shop. Once its out, ill try the Dawn and hot water. Thanks guys! :dthumb:
 
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