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grouch
07-27-2008, 03:49 PM
I'm not particularly pandering to sponsors at the top of the page but the Permatex ad caught my eye. I use their Fast Orange hand cleaner as it doesn't split my skin or cause other problems. What does everybody else use to clean their hands? I prefer the smooth formula as the pumic formula clogs up my drains in my 60 year old pipes (in the house, not me). The only thing that cleans my hands better is kerosene in the parts washer for really greasy nasty stuff.

I remember a few years ago, someone made some stuff that you rubbed onto your skin and it would ball up taking dirt with it. It did that just fine but it also took the hair off my hands. I notice it's no longer available around here.

chiph
07-27-2008, 04:04 PM
Fast Orange (both kinds) works pretty well.

Chp H.

misterdecibel
07-27-2008, 11:57 PM
In the '80s when I worked as a Fiat mechanic, our boss used to buy some kind of hand cleaner that worked great. I don't remember the brand, but it was smooth and pink, and smelled like bubble gum. It would take any sort of shop filth off my hands with little effort. I haven't seen this stuff since then.

Ken
07-28-2008, 07:05 AM
In the '80s when I worked as a Fiat mechanic, our boss used to buy some kind of hand cleaner that worked great. I don't remember the brand, but it was smooth and pink, and smelled like bubble gum. It would take any sort of shop filth off my hands with little effort. I haven't seen this stuff since then.


I used to favour the green Swarfega Gel. Easy on the skin and you could use it a dozen times a day. As Grouch mentioned kerosene also does a good job as did the 30sec vapourising oil I used to use in my central heating - I used to use it regularly as an engine/parts de-greaser and found it very effective.

Ken.

Eric
07-28-2008, 07:51 AM
I'm not particularly pandering to sponsors at the top of the page but the Permatex ad caught my eye. I use their Fast Orange hand cleaner as it doesn't split my skin or cause other problems. What does everybody else use to clean their hands? I prefer the smooth formula as the pumic formula clogs up my drains in my 60 year old pipes (in the house, not me). The only thing that cleans my hands better is kerosene in the parts washer for really greasy nasty stuff.

I remember a few years ago, someone made some stuff that you rubbed onto your skin and it would ball up taking dirt with it. It did that just fine but it also took the hair off my hands. I notice it's no longer available around here.


Love the stuff (Fast Orange) so I'm glad to have them as an advertiser here!

grouch
07-28-2008, 08:03 PM
Love the stuff (Fast Orange) so I'm glad to have them as an advertiser here!


I like it too. I just wish the smooth version was easier to find. The pumice tends to clog my drains so I need to rinse my hands outside if I use it. Permatex has some other good stuff that is hard to find. Whenever I find the silicone thermostat sealant, I snag a tube or two. On older engines with pitted thermostat housings, it will seal those pesky leaks that gaksets don't seem to be able to quite seal. I had a Chrysler with a 400 engine and air and the thermostat was under the compressor so leaks were a booger to fix.