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whc03grady
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Gum-Out

Post by whc03grady » Wed May 25, 2011 8:25 pm

Where do we like to use Gum-Out? Everywhere? Okay, not on paint, but anywhere else? Any metals it should stay away from? Any rubbers? Plastics? Can I clean my whole transaxle with it? How about inside the bell housing (with the clutch release bearing removed, of course)?
Ludwig--1974 Westfalia, 2.0L (GD035193), Solex 34PDSIT-2/3 carburetors.
Gertie--1971 Squareback, 1600cc with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection from a '72 (E brain).
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Re: Gum-Out

Post by hambone » Wed May 25, 2011 9:55 pm

It evaporates so quickly, I don't think it does any damage on metals or plastic short term.
I like to use it last resort though, and Simple Green 1st if I can. Or just a clean rag or a screwdriver.
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Re: Gum-Out

Post by whc03grady » Wed May 25, 2011 10:01 pm

It just so happens that I did hit it with Simple Green first, which did a commendable job. But sometimes I like knowing that I have the nuclear option.
Ludwig--1974 Westfalia, 2.0L (GD035193), Solex 34PDSIT-2/3 carburetors.
Gertie--1971 Squareback, 1600cc with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection from a '72 (E brain).
Read about their adventures:
http://www.ludwigandgertie.blogspot.com

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Re: Gum-Out

Post by BellePlaine » Thu May 26, 2011 4:44 am

whc03grady wrote:Where do we like to use Gum-Out? Everywhere? Okay, not on paint, but anywhere else? Any metals it should stay away from? Any rubbers? Plastics? Can I clean my whole transaxle with it? How about inside the bell housing (with the clutch release bearing removed, of course)?
I've learned not to use Gum-Out to clean the little bits living in the column underneath the steering wheel. Any overspray will leave whitish streaks on the black plastic.
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Re: Gum-Out

Post by Amskeptic » Thu May 26, 2011 5:00 am

This magic elixir is best used on metal surfaces such as aluminum. It is not suitable for plastics that must maintain an appearance. Your best martini ratio is 1:1 shot of GumOut followed by Tanqueray, shaken not stirred, do not use a plastic toothpick.
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Re: Gum-Out

Post by Ritter » Thu May 26, 2011 10:26 pm

If you plan to be working with it in close proximity, I suggest a fan blowing air between it and you in an open area. Or, you, like I did, may experience some light headedness.... :drunken: And a nasty hang over.
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Re: Gum-Out

Post by dtrumbo » Fri May 27, 2011 5:37 am

Perhaps I need a 'Gumout anonymous'-type program. I use it WAY too much, although as noted, not on plastic stuff. I buy it at my local Ace hardware three cans at a time. The last time the checker commented "Wow, you sure clean a lot of carburetors!". I'm convinced he thinks I'm huffing it or something.
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Re: Gum-Out

Post by Hippie » Mon May 30, 2011 6:55 am

Tell him since they don't sell good Mace anymore, you use it for a vicious self-defense for while walking your dog. Then ask where they keep the oven cleaner.
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Post by Amskeptic » Tue May 31, 2011 8:19 am

Hippie wrote:Tell him since they don't sell good Mace anymore, you use it for a vicious self-defense for while walking your dog. Then ask where they keep the oven cleaner.
I did get a wild pig to reconsider with one shot from 40 paces.

GumOut is second to none with clutch component/bell housing cleaning.
Colin
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 116,898 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 84,465 miles

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