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#688298 - Sat Jun 10 2017 12:18 AM Cleaning Oil Can
Novaman Offline
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Registered: Tue Jan 14 2003
Loc: Ellensburg, WA
I have my eyes on a nice composite oil can. It has a thick grease in spots on the can. It hasn't discolored it. Was wondering if there are any ideas on how to remove the grease with out damage to the can? Thanks in advance.

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#688683 - Fri Jun 16 2017 01:10 AM Re: Cleaning Oil Can [Re: Novaman]
Oilcanman87 Offline
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Registered: Mon Aug 19 2013
Loc: Michigan
If it's thick and not to crusty just use a plastic razor blade or scraper with a damp cloth to soften the grease. Then it should lift off with out any major damage. Paper cans are hard to clean entirely but if you do it gently it will be ok.
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#688696 - Fri Jun 16 2017 09:20 AM Re: Cleaning Oil Can [Re: Novaman]
Novaman Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Tue Jan 14 2003
Loc: Ellensburg, WA
Thanks, I will have to give it a try once I pick up the can.

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#689046 - Thu Jun 22 2017 11:00 PM Re: Cleaning Oil Can [Re: Novaman]
Novaman Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Tue Jan 14 2003
Loc: Ellensburg, WA
Here are the before and after results.


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#689047 - Thu Jun 22 2017 11:44 PM Re: Cleaning Oil Can [Re: Novaman]
tmcnasty Offline
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Registered: Sat Jul 19 2014
Loc: New Jersey
Nova I've had very good luck with Formula 409. It's not 100% safe though. On some inks, especially cardboard cans, it might lighten them. It's only lightened the paint on one metal can I used it on. Squirt a bit on a paper towel and dab a bit on each different area. Be sure to wipe it off quick and check the paint on the can and look for the color on the towel too. Then apply again and wait a bit longer. Sometimes the paint damage takes a few seconds. Don't let a quick test make you think you're safe and cause you to go full bore only to ruin the can.
Also another pretty safe thicker grease remover is the orange based hand cleaner Harbor Freight sells called Goop. I tried it on a whim years back on a Fox Head 2 gallon oil can so covered in grease you couldn't see the red letters or the fox! That can looked almost new when completed. Same testing rules apply though.
I'd say 1 outta 15 maybe 20 cans I clean have paint loss of any type. When I'm done I usually 'deactivate' the cleaner residue with a moist paper towel wipe down.
Good luck!


Edited by tmcnasty (Thu Jun 22 2017 11:48 PM)

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#689048 - Fri Jun 23 2017 12:03 AM Re: Cleaning Oil Can [Re: Novaman]
Novaman Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Tue Jan 14 2003
Loc: Ellensburg, WA
Thanks, good tips. I did try Goop and it worked very well on the back of the can, but had a bit of paint lifting on the front.

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#689057 - Fri Jun 23 2017 08:49 AM Re: Cleaning Oil Can [Re: Novaman]
kingshawn Offline
Active Member

Registered: Tue Nov 12 2013
Loc: ohio

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#689534 - Thu Jun 29 2017 10:20 PM Re: Cleaning Oil Can [Re: Novaman]
Novaman Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Tue Jan 14 2003
Loc: Ellensburg, WA
Thanks for the tip.

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#689536 - Fri Jun 30 2017 12:34 AM Re: Cleaning Oil Can [Re: Novaman]
Coops 427 Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Jun 19 2008
Loc: Kansas City, MO
I always use WD-40 to clean both metal and composite oil cans. It works great.
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