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Steam cleaners

AlS3BE May 10, 2020

  1. AlS3BE

    AlS3BE Registered User

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    Just thought I would ask the question here. Are there any detrimental effects of using a steam cleaner on the body of a car?
    I was using my steam cleaner on my oven and it did a number on the grease and baked on stuff in there. Was thinking using on the car instead of some of the harsh chemicals like tar removers and other stuff I use. It’s a bit more environmentally friendly etc.
     
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  3. Seanchadwick2k3

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    I'm no expert but my dad is a plant fitter and they always used Steam cleaners to clean both the engine and body work since they got so caked in oil. I know they likely don't care as much about the paint work of a truck but I doubt they would use something if they were aware it would ruin the paint.
     
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  4. AndyT306

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    i've used one to shift dirt in my engine bay, especially useful in the areas it's hard to get a cloth into

    don't think i'd feel the need to use it on bodywork though
     
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  5. surfer8210

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    I think it depends on what you’re trying to achieve with the steaming?


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  6. AlS3BE

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    Random tar spots on wheels and body is the main goal. Ran out of a lot of cleaners/chemicals so thinking out the box.
     
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    normally use Tarx or trix which is double action with iron fallout remover. Just ran out.
    those chemicals stink as well so thought use something like steam. It’s a small steam cleaner not a industrial thing so should be ok. Will give it a go on the winter wheels as somehow they are caked in tar and other ****.
     
  8. CHEZ

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    Can't comment on steam cleaners sorry.
    But last summer I had to drive up a freshly tarmacked road and my wheels were well and truly caked.
    Good old WD40 worked to dissolve all of that because I couldn't get any dedicated tar remover.
    Think I paid £5 for a massive trade can from screwfix.
     
  9. AlS3BE

    AlS3BE Registered User

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    Pretty much what happened to me end of last year and still finding bits of tar on wheels.
    I must be doing something wrong. I could never get wd40 to work. Things like tar x and trix start dissolving as soon as it touches the body wd40 after even 10 minutes didn’t make an impact.
     

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