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Muc-Off’s water soluble degreaser is a very proficient solvent based cleanser that makes short work of accumulated grease and grime and to that end makes a very handy workshop companion. The fact it easily washes away without obvious trace or harmful effect is a real bonus-especially if you're working on a patio or more ornate surface. However, while in a pinch it will tackle headset overhaul, it struggles with waterproof marine greases and care is required on delicate finishes.
The 500ml aerosol spray is simplicity itself. Shake the can furiously for a minute to agitate the contents before applying liberally to the affected area. Observing the waiting times saw it make short work of my RTB's grime and dung encrusted inner chain rings and rim sidewalls-watch carefully and you can literally see the solvent transporting the gunge away and pooling on the ground. Some particularly stubborn areas demand reapplication and assistance from a suitable brush and while the solvent largely evaporates without obvious ill effect, for peace of mind rinse thoroughly with water.
Effective on old school wet-lubes and lithium greases, it will manage impromptu headset strips, leaving bearings and surfaces primed and ready for re-lubrication. However, it’s not as aggressive as some pump-spray citrus-based cleansers, demanding continual reapplication and making little impression upon super stiff marine greases. In fairness, I suspect the aerosol propellant dilutes the solution’s true prowess and would be interested to see how the five litre workshop-sized drum compared.
Summing up, despite some small shortcomings, this degreaser is a versatile addition to the tool box/cleaning arsenal so long as exposure time and contact with more delicate areas are carefully observed.
Versatile general-purpose degreaser.
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Make and model: Muc-Off De-greaser
Size tested: 500ml
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Muc-Off's Degreaser is a water soluble cleanser designed to tackle most kinds of gunk and grease including the super stiff marine variety. However, in my experience it's best as a spray on cleaner for filthy components as in practice struggles against stiffer greases so not ideal for headset or bottom bracket overhaul.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
500ml, bio-degradable water soluble formula
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Sprayed liberally over the affected areas, you can see the formula literally carry grease and grime into a slighty unappealing pyuddle. It's great on older school wet lubes and general grime-including braking surfaces but not nearly so effective on bearings or other areas e.g. pedals subjected to stout greases
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Swift and hassle free.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Lacks the potency of some citrus based de-greasers.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? As a generic workshop staple, yes.
Age: 36 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)