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Resin Solvent... What Is It Really?


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#1 recoveringacademic

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 07:53 PM

Stihl resin solvent is very expensive. £16 for 300ml. It'd be cheaper to use cheap gin. And more cheerful.

Does anyone know a sensibly priced alternative - something that won't ruin bearings while stripping the goo off the chain?

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:24 PM

For a chainsaw chain ..??

Take it off, dump it into some diesel or white spirit and then leave it for a day.

Quick scrub with SWMBOs toothbrush and Roberts your mothers brother ...

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:26 PM

I just hit the chain with a dry paint brush to clean off any muck then brush on some chain oil with another brush. Pay attention to where your oiling holes are on the frame and the chain bar. Don't want these to get blocked.
I then use wd40 and give it a good spray bending the chain back and forth to work into the joints.

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:27 PM

What does it smell like?
Go though the normal ones, meths (cheaper than gin), Acetone (nail vanish remover, cheaper than gin in bulk), Gasoline (cheaper than gin), diesel (cheaper than gin), engine cleaner (more expensive than gin), wife beater (cheaper than gin)...

Edited by SteamyTea, 11 April 2016 - 08:27 PM.


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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:35 PM

Safest may be IPA, better than acetone or MEK and probably fine for dissolving most tree resins and eco-friendly chainsaw oil. Not particularly harmful to skin (unlike acetone, MEK, toluene etc) and safe on plastics, synthetic rubber seals etc, so unlikely to harm anything on the saw.

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:47 PM

View Postjsharris, on 11 April 2016 - 08:35 PM, said:

Safest may be IPA,

That'd be the stuff my dad used to drink on a Friday night, then ; IPA the bitter ?

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:50 PM

Indian Pale Ale, cheaper than gin B)

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:57 PM

View Postrecoveringacademic, on 11 April 2016 - 08:47 PM, said:

That'd be the stuff my dad used to drink on a Friday night, then ; IPA the bitter ?

IsoPropyl Alcohol, cheap, relatively harmless, good for sterilising stuff, dissolves most oils pretty well, it's a polar solvent (will wash off and dissolve in water), it doesn't attack most plastics and you can even wash cuts with it (stings like hell, but it'll kill pretty much any bug...................)..