Removing "Oily Film" from tools etc...

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Removing "Oily Film" from tools etc...

Postby Ken A Hood » Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:22 pm

My 72" bar clamps arrived today......... :D and there's an oily film on them. What can I use to remove this film; since there is lots of oil on them, and I don't want the oil to run onto the wood I'm clamping up.
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Postby apratt » Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:45 pm

use 3m general purpose cleaner, or could use rubbing alcohol usually have that around the house.

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Postby Chris C » Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:53 pm


If you have it, mineral spirits (paint thinner) will do a fine job of removing it. Not very expensive at all and available at most any do-it-yourself center or hardware store.
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Postby Leon » Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:40 pm

Lacquer thinner - cheap and will strip about anything
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Postby 48Rob » Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:49 pm


All of the above will work. :thumbsup:

My favorite is mineral spirits since it is slow to evaporate, then a quick wipedown with acetone or lacquer thinner to get the residue off.

No matter what you use to degrease, it it always wise to protect the metal with something, be it paint, oil, or wax.

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