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Old 03-13-2020, 12:51 PM   #1
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Engine wiping oil

What type of oil or solution would be recommended for wiping down a diesel? I want to avoid using diesel because of the smell.
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Old 03-13-2020, 12:59 PM   #2
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I use Simple Green on all kinds of things, including wiping down the engine. Cuts grease and oil, is biodegradable, and it leaves a pleasant scent.
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Diesel hands down works the best and if the engines look clean to start with will keep them looking clean and protected from corrosion for a very long time. If not diesel 409 is my favorite, 409 unlike simple green or windex or really anything I have ever tried has a degreaser in it that cleans up an engine pretty quickly, only reason I prefer diesel is it leaves an nice just painted shine to even on older engine.
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Greetings,
Mr. m. Do you mean to clean it or keep it from rusting?
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Yes to keep it from rusting and keep it new looking. I used to wipe my Jimmies down with diesel and it worked great, but I didnít enjoy the constant smell of diesel. Made me feel like I was at an old fishing wharf.

So does the smell of the WD40 go away after a few days?
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I use WD40 and I did not know it smelled. Maybe I have been using it too long. Supposedly it is only fish oil so I guess it smells like fish?
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Go to a gun shop and buy a spray gun oil like "RemOil" it is very light, almost unscented and easy to use in a spray form.

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Won`t spraying an engine with an oil cause every available dust and dirt particle to adhere to it. Yes, not a lot of dust in the ER, but plenty of air gets drawn in to feed the engines.
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Won`t spraying an engine with an oil cause every available dust and dirt particle to adhere to it.

Perhaps. Glad Iím not in Qatar anymore. Kept my boat on a trailer next to my villa, fully covered with a big tarp. But uncovering it each weekend was a frustration as the dust was simply saturated in the air.
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I spray Simple Green on the engine and rinse with water. Suck up bilge water and dispose. Run engine to dry it

Then touch up bare spots with rust converter and paint with Rustoleum using a small brush.
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When I was a truck driver I was dispached to Hanford to pu a big part of a nuclear waste compactor. They wer’nt ready to load it. Waited over an hour and then again and was told it was almost ready. I was invited to look at it. There were people climbing all over it .. wiping w rags. I said the the guy “whats that smell” as it seemed familiar. They said “Simple Green”. Oh said I.

So if you have any nuclear waste on your engine .......
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a bit of thread drift so skip if you like.....For metal parts that needed to be stored for a time, my Dad use to dissolve grease in gasoline and painted it on with a paint brush. The fuel would evaporate and leave a very light grease coating. For the engine room I suspect a lot would depend on how and where you use your boat, but Iím in the ďkeep everything painted and dry campĒ. I leave a dehumidifier running in high humidity and during our very mild winters. Iím not really a fan of painting over engine bolts and the like but tend to do it on the boat. On frequently removed bolts I change them out for 316 unless I think they might not be up to the job. Looking at some of the engine room porn on the forum some do a great job of keeping things looking good. Inox or lanolin based products may be worth investigating as they could last longer. (Iím not sure what they would smell like and they could act as pheromones to Australians so you would need to test it)
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Engine wiping oil? Who needs it?

Get a Perkins. It self lubricates inside and out. I call it Perkins Patina.

If it's not leaking oil, it's low on oil.
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Get a Perkins. It self lubricates inside and out. I call it Perkins Patina.

If it's not leaking oil, it's low on oil.

Thatís the first time Iíve ever heard that description applied to anything other than a Jimmy
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Engine wiping oil? Who needs it?

Get a Perkins. It self lubricates inside and out. I call it Perkins Patina.

If it's not leaking oil, it's low on oil.
My 4-236 doesnít leak a drop, Iím the one who spills oil on the engine when refilling after an oil change.
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I'll echo a few others, why do you need to wipe the engine down with fuel or any other petroleum product? Do you have a corrosion issue? If bare iron it should be painted. If you wipe with fuel you'll have a hard time painting or touching up. You should not need to do this.

Having said all that, when I was winterizing engines, I did spray them down with CRC 6-56, which is pretty light, not an unpleasant odor and cooked off pretty quickly once back in service. This was once a year.

For cleaning engines and general de-greasing, I like Spray 9. Spray on a warm engine, scrub or wipe where necessary, rinse off with fresh water using a light spray, not a jet.
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a bit of thread drift so skip if you like.....For metal parts that needed to be stored for a time, my Dad use to dissolve grease in gasoline and painted it on with a paint brush. The fuel would evaporate and leave a very light grease coating. For the engine room I suspect a lot would depend on how and where you use your boat, but Iím in the ďkeep everything painted and dry campĒ. I leave a dehumidifier running in high humidity and during our very mild winters. Iím not really a fan of painting over engine bolts and the like but tend to do it on the boat. On frequently removed bolts I change them out for 316 unless I think they might not be up to the job. Looking at some of the engine room porn on the forum some do a great job of keeping things looking good. Inox or lanolin based products may be worth investigating as they could last longer. (Iím not sure what they would smell like and they could act as pheromones to Australians so you would need to test it)



I think you have confused Australia with New Zealand where they use mint sauce as after shave lotion
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