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Old 02-01-2011, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question how to remove gear oil smell from fabric

This is a work in progress how to
I got a tiny bit of diff fluid on my favorite jacket
So far i have tried 3 scrubs/overnight soaks with dawn dish soap, carpet cleaner with oxy clean and 2 HD wash cycles but i can still smell it

Next i'm going to try simple green and more scrubbing. If that doesn't work possibly brake cleaner. Anyone know if brake cleaner will melt polyester?

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Old 02-01-2011, 09:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: how to remove gear oil smell from fabric

Don't think it will melt polyester, but it is very likely to dissolve any dye or glue in the garment - I wouldn't try it myself.
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Re: how to remove gear oil smell from fabric

Try Simple Green. I've been using that stuff to break down grease and gear oil for years, like when I rebuilt a monster manual transmission and installed a Detroit locker in a Dana 44 differential. It has worked so well at removing oil residue that I can clean metal castings good enough to paint them afterwards. It also has been pretty good at removing strong odors.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: how to remove gear oil smell from fabric

I love the smell of gear oil. There's just something about that 90 weight...
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Re: how to remove gear oil smell from fabric

Not sure if it ever really comes out. I got some on a pair of cammies once, everytime I ironed that spot with a steam iron I could smell the gear oil.

I agree with trying simple green, I love that stuff.
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Re: how to remove gear oil smell from fabric

I was a certified mech. for 12 years. I use orange citrus oil hand cleaner. Apply generaously, let soak for 30-60 minutes, then wash.
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I was a certified mech. for 12 years. I use orange citrus oil hand cleaner. Apply generaously, let soak for 30-60 minutes, then wash.
just so happen to have some of that, thanks for the tip
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I was a certified mech. for 12 years. I use orange citrus oil hand cleaner. Apply generaously, let soak for 30-60 minutes, then wash.

RIGHT! That's another good cleanser, Orange Citrus based cleaners. We use that here at work to clean oil based liquid color and it works like nothing else.
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I was a certified mech. for 12 years. I use orange citrus oil hand cleaner. Apply generaously, let soak for 30-60 minutes, then wash.
Thanks for the tip! Will have to store that one in the brain housing group for the next time it happens.
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I love the smell of gear oil. There's just something about that 90 weight...
Man I don't mind the smell of motor oil, but the smell of used gear oil makes makes me want to vomit. I can't stand it.
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