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Old 11-18-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default what to use to clean radiator fins

have dirt and oil stains on the fins and need something i can spray on and spray off without hurting the fins, what do you guys use?
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:13 PM   #2
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Engine degreaser and a power washer most likely
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:15 PM   #3
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I have used Simple Green, spray it on, let it soak then hose it off with high pressure
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:15 PM   #4
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HVAC people use acid.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:22 PM   #5
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Don't use a pressure washer on a rad it will fold all the fins over if the W.P. is too high.

I watched an HVAC guy spray some shit in a condenser core once, let it sit for a few minutes and then poured clear water on it. That shit foamed right up and pulled all the crap out of the condenser.

Any HVAC guys got an idea what this is? it would be useful at my current job for cleaning the rads in our trucks.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:34 PM   #6
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i dont remember the name of the acid but it works great.you can go to any HVAC dealer and ask them they will have it.it foams up nice and cleans up real easy.it has cleaned up some of the worst ac coils i have ever seen.works great.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:54 PM   #7
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Toon brite from your local boat store.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:01 PM   #8
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Nu Brite is what my local hvac dealer sells.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:55 PM   #9
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ok thanks guys, my buddy actually does hvac i just havent metioned it to him so ill see what he can get! yeah i wanted to stay away from scrubbing and high power water because i didint wanna bend the fins up! thanks again!
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:05 PM   #10
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Default Re: what to use to clean radiator fins

home depot sells a aerosol can a/c foaming cleaner. i was just searching it for myself. going to pick up a few cans. also use it for your refrigerator coil fins. great stuff and a must to use.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:11 PM   #11
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thanks nick....i got a home depot 5 min away so ill just run down there...wont have time to do it till prob next weekend but if you do your before let me know how it turns out!
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:21 PM   #12
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Alum or brass? super purple works good on both! don't use acid on alum!!! pressure wash just make sure you don't spray from the side or it could fold the fins spray strait on about ten inchs away!!
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