Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

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Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby janus77 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:53 pm

just cleaned chains with park tools chain cleaner including their citrus based degreaser.
i don't have a hose or anywhere to rinse handy.
do i need to rinse them off with water before i can relube, or can i let them evaporate off for a while and lube straight on?
haven't used citrus based before.

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Re: Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby janus77 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:10 am

Couldn't find anything definitive through google searches, but seemed everyone rinses after citrus based degreaser, so i took the long walk down to our bin room twice and rinsed the drive train off with a bucket or two.

Ps. the park tool chain cleaning kit works well and is relatively tidy.

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Re: Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby sogood » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:41 am

It'll look cleaner if you do the extra rinse. "Need" is an arbitrary issue here.
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Re: Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby janus77 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:45 am

So it will just evaporate if left to dry without effecting the lube application i put on after drying?

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Re: Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby G-Ride » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:46 am

If water access is an issue just fill the Park with water from a bucket for two or three cycles and flush it that way.

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Re: Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby grasshopper » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:47 am

The risk is that the degreaser eats your lube. I wash (with serious detergent, tiny bit of water in the bottom of a bucket) and air dry, or metho if in a hurry, before relubing.

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Postby sogood » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:52 am

janus77 wrote:So it will just evaporate if left to dry without effecting the lube application i put on after drying?

Clearly it will, but a question of how much. The residual will cuts down the lube by a small amount, but it's hardly earth shattering. Just re-lube again. For what it's worth, it's no worse than a ride in the rain.

As I suggested, an extra water bucket is a trivial amount of work after what you've done. It'll make the final appearance better but yet again, everything will blacken up in time. It's a question of how obsessive you are.
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Re: Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby janus77 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:01 am

Yeah, it's just tough in our apartment building, rinsing a bike really needs to be done over an outdoor drain or somewhere like that.
Anyway was more being lazy and interested to know about the citrus stuff.

Thanks all for the replies.

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Re: Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby jacks1071 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:35 pm

janus77 wrote:just cleaned chains with park tools chain cleaner including their citrus based degreaser.
i don't have a hose or anywhere to rinse handy.
do i need to rinse them off with water before i can relube, or can i let them evaporate off for a while and lube straight on?
haven't used citrus based before.

Cheers :)


After seeing what it did to my plastic chain cleaner (melted it) I wouldn't ever use it again... If you must use it, I would definitely wash it off well.
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Re: Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby scotto » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:38 pm

like all cleaners, you must rinse. the cleaning agent acts to reduce surface tension, in this case, between the grease and the metal. the carefully aimed running water then removes said grease etc. obviously keep out of places you want to remain greasy

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Re: Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby janus77 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:08 pm

Thanks all for the feedback.

Tend to forget how nice a cleaned and lubed chain is on a bike.
Gear changes are crisper, and it runs nice and quiet.

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Re: Do i need to rinse citrus based degreaser off with water

Postby Kururunfa » Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:31 pm

Best is to take the chain off for cleaning and soak in a bucket,
replaced the pin with a chain link, it makes life so much easier

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