I have one of those no-kink light green garden hoses that has gotten quite gummy
on the outside. It's kind of black looking, at least brown from the soil. Anyway
to clean this off? I tried 409 to no avail.
Those light green flexible no-kink hoses seem to be suseptible to
becoming gummy depending on the local environment.
At my parents' house those got gummy but at mine thye did not.
I cleaned them up using SoftScrub liquid cleanser with cloth rags & a
fair amount of effort.
My dad switched to a farily heavy rubber hose, I kept the no-kink ones
& the gummy condition never returned.
I will guess it is mold . Mold grows on my plastic lawn furniture so it
could grow on a wet hose. If so bleach is your only choise if it is in
fact mold. Put a little bleach on a section if it changes color in a few
minutes it is mold. If so use a 5 gal bucket pour in a gallon of bleach
and fill with water and let the hose sit for 15 minutes. Then hose off
the hose with a sharp stream of water
Mold growing on the plasticizer used to soften the PVC, not the PVC itself.
Many cheap plasticizers support microbial growth. PVC does not. The
plasticizers also exude to the surface, compounding the problem.
Learned this the hard way using Closet Maid vinyl-coated wire shelves on an
outdoor porch. They were white when new, and then promptly turned ugly
On Fri, 01 Jul 2005 02:11:30 -0500, Richard J Kinch
Coleman fuel is Naptha ? Is it pure? I am asking because I used to
add a small amount of naptha to the gas in my car and it not only
keeps the carburetor clean, but it also adds power, by boosting the
octane. Race drivers use it, so I gave it a try. I used to get it
free where I worked, because they had a half of a 55 gallon drum of it
from when they replaced the rubber roof. They used it for something
on the roof, I think as a cleaner before gluing the rubber, but I am
not sure. All I know is that it sat around and because it's flammable
or toxic or something, they could not throw it away. So my boss was
glad I took some. I would add about a cup to a tank of gas, so that
drum lasted a long time. The stuff sold in the hardware stores in
quart cans for a paint solvent or something like that, is far too
expensive. So if Coleman fuel is pure, I am going to get some of
And, no, it did not damage my engine. In fact I still have the
engine. The the tranny died and the frame was rusting bad so I saved
the engine and junked the car.
Good question. I guess the question is it pure enough and pure in the
right ways for your use. Off hand I would guess it is, but I, like you
would not want to bet my car's engine on a guess. I know that it was
packaged and sold by Coleman because the "white gas" available at the time
was not clean enough for their equipment and it would damage their lamps and
stoves. But that would not mean it is free of substances that could harm
Define "pure". Naphtha itself is an indefinite product, a blend of various
hydrocarbon substances, such as hexane, not just one thing. Likewise
gasoline, but gasoline is even more indefinite, and contains non-
hydrocarbon additives for motor fuel purposes.
Coleman fuel is pure in the sense that it is all hydrocarbon fuel.
Any notion that a bit added to your gas tank would help clean a carburetor
is wishful thinking.
replying to W. Watson, Prowler wrote:
I had the same problem. Tried every solvent and super cleaners in my shop with
no success. Then I tried Goo Gone with a 3M pad . This worked pretty well. Clean
off the sticky substance with the Goo Gone/3M pad, and then wipe off with a wet
towel or paper towels.
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