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Re: Lubricant for Assembling Rings, and Pistons in New Sleev
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I would agree that hot water and a quality detergent is probably better .
I never liked pulling a block from the hot vat and rinsing with water even though that's just how the process works . The iron would flash rust since there was no oil in the pours (turn a yellow/green color). I always thought that was terrible for the machined surfaces , but its probably so minor that it has no real effect .
On the cylinder bores I would not recommend using an oily weak solvent like mineral spirits or diesel . 30 years ago we used gasoline but I use lacquer thinner or xylene these days . It doesn't seem to instantly rust when it evaporates . Maybe I am just too slow with the water thing . Around here we always have a high humidity level ?
From a visual inspection of the amount of material on the wiping rag I would assume that the majority is removed .
That's just my personal observation . It would be interesting to hear other views .
P.S. On a similar topic , a rifle cleaning kit will remove amazing amounts of gunk from the oil galleries .
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