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Old 05-14-2012, 04:40 PM
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Default Oily gravel road - how to clean

Hi everyone,

Just looking for some cleaning tips...

I spent Saturday doing laps up a dusty gravel road (bike shuttles); as it's starting to get dusty, the Municipality had sprayed some sort of oil coating that morning to try and keep the dust down.

Unfortunately, this oily dirt, and extra dust ended up caking my wheelwells, and some portions of the bottom. It took nearly an hour of pressurewashing at the car wash to get the shit off before I could even wash my truck.

Unfortunately I missed some sections of the bottom, and now a few days later this stuff has really caked on...

Just wondering if anyone has any tips/secrets they'd recommend to get rid of this stuff without having to lie on my back while I pressure wash the underside?

I did notice that when I switched from the straight water stream with the carwash pressure washer to the high pressure soap, this seemd to work better; the water was also warmer.

Worst comes to worst, it's a wetsuit and goggles under the truck for me!
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I wouldn't pressure wash the truck, that's my opinion. There's a lot of things that can be damaged by high water pressure.

A mild detergent like dawn dish soap works very well as a safe and gentle degreaser, that will break down the oil/grease without causing any damage to the paint/plastic/etc. Mix up a bucket of dish soap/water and start scrubbing.
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I know this post is 2 years old but ill comment in case any one else ever runs into this issue. CarPro makes a product called TarX that should cut through that oil pretty good and efficiently.
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