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#1 MyOhMy

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 10:42 AM

Hiya,

 

Just how do I remove belt 'Liquorice'?  I've got my hands on a couple of Hitachi TRK-8130's which require new belts.  I have the BB's apart and the flywheel removed but there's now only sticky liquorice remaining in the groove. I made the messy mistake of trying to remove the goo with a paper towel but ended up with a smeared mess all over my fingers (try and get that off easily!) - the rest is still on the flywheel playing hard-to-get.

 

Is there an easier, less messy way to do this, with something like White Spirit for instance?

 

(Do I detect a little grin or two on the forum?  Another basic beginners' mistake, eh? Ha, got me!)

 



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 12:12 PM

Oh the lovely belt gloop that magically gets everywhere and ruins your new favorite Gangstarr Tshirt 5 days after buying it and also get on the lounge rug despite you not being anywhere near it. Yeah, that stuff.

 

 I usually remove it from wheels and flywheels with a mixture of toothpics or cocktail sticks, isoprophyl alchohol and elbow grease. I tease out any last remaining bits with cocktail sticks, run that around the groove of the flywheel then get the cotton bud sticks out, dip them in the alchohol and then run that around them as well. Then its just kitchen roll or rags or whatever is at hand to wipe it all clean.

 

Ruddy horrible stuff.



#3 MyOhMy

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 01:44 PM

Oh the lovely belt gloop that magically gets everywhere and ruins your new favorite Gangstarr Tshirt 5 days after buying it and also get on the lounge rug despite you not being anywhere near it. Yeah, that stuff.

 

 I usually remove it from wheels and flywheels with a mixture of toothpics or cocktail sticks, isoprophyl alchohol and elbow grease. I tease out any last remaining bits with cocktail sticks, run that around the groove of the flywheel then get the cotton bud sticks out, dip them in the alchohol and then run that around them as well. Then its just kitchen roll or rags or whatever is at hand to wipe it all clean.

 

Ruddy horrible stuff.

 

Yep, the horrible stuff gets everywhere including under my nails - aaargh!

 

Thanks for the help, it's my first time with this problem and I never realised just how messy a job it is.

 

Thank you again, T-STER.



#4 JVC Floyd

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 02:21 PM

skippy says regular windex  works wonders on that belt residue.



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 02:33 PM

Thanks, JVC Floyd.  I'm not familiar with Windex, is this a propriety, off the shelf window cleaning product ("cuts through greasy smears"...blah, blah just like they all say!) 



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 02:34 PM

Windex? I guess that is some USA window cleaner stuff? That would make sense I think anything alkali (?) like vinegar would be  good for cutting through it.



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 02:34 PM

Rubbing alcohol and loads of cotton swabs will do the job just fine. You might consider a disposble table cover and gloves as well.

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 02:41 PM

yep usa window cleaner , skippy swears by it  and he re belts all his boomboxes.



#9 MyOhMy

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 02:45 PM

GLOVES!!!  Yes, I figured that out the moment I'd finished swearing! :annoyed:

 

Thanks again, everyone.  I can see now where this is going with the product type so I'll roll my sleeves up in the morning - and put my gloves on this time!



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 02:54 PM

Yeah I thought of gloves, I'm just not a gloves kind of guy. I have an industrial tub of swarf from a friends garage so I dont have any trouble getting it off my hands.



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 02:59 PM

Me too, but this is really sticky shite getting all over the working area. I've done a dozen of Philips EL3302, even two tiny belts inside those can make a housewide mess!

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 07:06 PM

Windex???!!! Really? Argg, that's a revelation too late!  :bang:

 

  I usually use acetone (though test on that inconspicuous spot first)  that I clean speaker surrounds with. Dip a Q-tip in and roll it 'bottom in' at the goop eats 'er easily, and just remember to use any of this shiat in a well ventilated area and get LOTS of Q-tips , paper towels, etc.

 

 I lay my work area/surface with newspaper to start. Then off to the blue bin.

 

 Windex eh?  Going get some soon. The Amonia in it does the trick? :hmmm:



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 07:40 PM

Yes Floyd is correct,I have great luck with regular old Windex glass cleaner. I accidentally discovered it one day while rebelting an Aiwa

It's cheap and works great,even cleans your hands and fingers too,LOL!  :lol:

I think it has something to do with the Ammonia in it or something,but it works great so I use it.

 

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#14 duckman

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 07:44 PM

 A N D  doesn't kill as many brain cells as the Acetone for sure! :blink:



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 07:53 PM

 A N D  doesn't kill as many brain cells as the Acetone for sure! :blink:

LOL!!! It depends on if you drink it........ :lol:  :sick:



#16 MyOhMy

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 06:39 PM

After reading the latest posts, I tried a typical UK brand of glass/window cleaner called 'Windowlene'.  In all fairness, I'd removed most of the goo by all sorts of means all with much difficulty before I tried the 'Windowlene' but it did work although it didn't have much to do by this stage.  I'll remember to try this first on the next one, though. 



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Posted 14 August 2015 - 08:20 PM

After reading the latest posts, I tried a typical UK brand of glass/window cleaner called 'Windowlene'.  In all fairness, I'd removed most of the goo by all sorts of means all with much difficulty before I tried the 'Windowlene' but it did work although it didn't have much to do by this stage.  I'll remember to try this first on the next one, though. 

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 04:15 PM

yes i use it also good thing it worls great removing the big stuff with a small rag with windex that cotton swab to finish it off



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Posted 15 August 2015 - 04:17 PM



LOL!!! It depends on if you drink it........ :lol:  :sick:

 

 Woo Hoo! Walked into Walmart last night and got some!  Enough for a cocktail too !   :w00t:

 

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 Cheap, 2 for $6, or about $2 US , lol



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Posted 16 August 2015 - 09:00 AM

There you go!!! On sale even!😎


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