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10-30-2005, 04:27 PM
My studebaker leaks a little oil, don't they all
anybody have a favorite cleaner for this problem?
the concrete seams to absorb the oil
Thanks everybody

steve strait

10-30-2005, 09:39 PM
In Branson,MO.(while at the Orph Meet) I found huge oil drop pans in Wall Mart. This looks like a cookie pan 3 X % feet. They must be in stores, I paid$9.00 , I think. Any way,the oil drops are not a problem now.

10-30-2005, 09:51 PM
Oil dry, looks like kitty litter, available at your Friendly Local Auto Parts Store. New Pig Corporation manufactures oil spill absorption products. Griot's Garage has microbial cleaners (microbes actually eat the oil).

10-31-2005, 04:49 AM
Actually, I put the oil dry in the big drip pan. No muss-no fuss.[:p]

10-31-2005, 06:32 AM
Studebakers,like Harleys,do not leak oil.-They mark their spot!
How about a simple piece of cardboard under the car?

Home of the Almostahawk

10-31-2005, 09:47 AM
Thanks everyone
I was looking for a cleaner that actually works.
have tried gas, tide soap several cleaners like CLR
and still have a stain.

brake clean works but spendy.
Maybe somebody has a home brew that will work

steve strait

10-31-2005, 10:25 AM
I have used laundry detergent (the powered kind) Sprinkle it on, mist with water, let soak, scrub with stiff brush, rinse and repeat, letting it soak longer the second time. The best effect for me has been applying it just prior to rain.

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10-31-2005, 10:33 AM
For the stain look for a cleaner that has TSP in it (tri sodium phosphate) .. Wear gloves and ventilate the garage. Mixes with water.
ZEP is one company that sells this to shops and businesses (http://www.zep.com/ProductCatalog/ProductBrowse.asp?img=vehicle&superSection=26&section=137&subSection=993)
Maybe a local shop will let you have a scoop of this stuff. It works great.

quote:Originally posted by sshawk

My studebaker leaks a little oil, don't they all
anybody have a favorite cleaner for this problem?
the concrete seams to absorb the oil
Thanks everybody

steve strait

DEEPNHOCK at Cox.net
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10-31-2005, 04:54 PM
This stuff actually works:
Try Gunk's SC (Super Concentrate) Degreaser. It comes in a blue and white gallon can and you mix it with kero. Sounds weird but it actually does remove stains from the concrete.


10-31-2005, 06:46 PM
Kitty Litter on the oil spot and then take a block of wood and rub,grind,etc the kitty litter over the oil spot. this will remove oit marks off cement floors.

10-31-2005, 09:09 PM
I had the best success with Spill Magic, which used to be available (maybe still is) from Wal-Mart. It's a powder that comes in a milk carton shaped container.

Also, while soaking my gas tank yesterday in the driveway with POR-15's Metal Ready etching solution (mostly phosphoric acid, in solution), I noticed later where some had run off of the plastic drop cloth and onto the concrete. Even though I diluted the runoff as it was occurring, the previously brown-stained concrete really cleaned up in that spot. Must be due to the phosphoric acid. Therefore, I would go with that TSP recommendation made in a previous post above.

1955 1/2 Ton Pickup

10-31-2005, 09:40 PM
The best product I've found is called "Purple Power" available at my local FLAPS. Do not get it on your paint! Works good, even removes old, deep oil stains on concrete. Spray it on, rinse off with water.

11-01-2005, 10:07 AM
Once upon a time I was working on a new house and ding danged if my truck didn't leave some oil on the new driveway,, piddle,, so I bought some off the shelf driveway cleaners, applied, and was unimpressed. A year later I looked at where'd I had done the deed and damned if the concrete wasn't failing. A buddy told me that cement powder will do the trick. I think it takes mother nature about a year to largely clean it up.