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Old 11-18-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default Best way to clean Snap-On hard handle tools?

I have several hard handle tools that are kinda dirty and would like to clean them up. I figured instead of experimenting I would ask you fellas. I am sure there is a full proof method out there.

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Old 11-18-2011, 11:31 PM   #2
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warm water and soap / wd-40 / simple green mixed with water any cleaning product will work.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:31 PM   #3
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If they don't wipe clean I'll use the solvent tank or brake cleaner or carb spray, whatever is handy.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:34 PM   #4
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i suggest cleaning with brake cleaner in a can, let it evaporate then wipe some tire shine on it.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:39 PM   #5
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WD-40 and elbow grease. Brake cleaner is too powerful as it tends to strip lettering, and dull coloring.
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:28 AM   #6
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Throw em in the dishwasher!
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:36 AM   #7
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I don't think I have a hard handle Snap-On piece that ain't full of filth. Fawkers are hardcore, dirty or clean!!
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:47 AM   #8
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I wipe mine with $20 bills
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:52 AM   #9
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LOL i like his response! ^^^^
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:59 AM   #10
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Do not clean them with brake cleaner! Takes off the lettering and turns the plastic sort of white.
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brake cleaner dries almost everything out, it eats the crap out of styra-foam its cool to watch lol
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:11 AM   #12
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brake cleaner dries almost everything out, it eats the crap out of styra-foam its cool to watch lol
That's why you'all should drink beer. At the end of the day, you're tools are ruined you made shitty budget and Budweiser is cheap!

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Old 11-19-2011, 01:36 AM   #13
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WD40 work really well.
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:54 AM   #14
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WD-40 all day long!
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:00 AM   #15
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:45 AM   #16
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As others have said, WD-40 and a clean rag
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go-jo works well for me
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I use those baby wipe style tool/hand wipes. They work great...
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Do not clean them with brake cleaner! Takes off the lettering and turns the plastic sort of white.
Must be that new SO CHINESE plastic!
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Brake cleaner. LOL at tire shine.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:36 AM   #21
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:50 AM   #22
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I keep a bunch of Clorox wipes in my tool box and I find that they do a pretty good job of cleaning things up after I'm done using them.
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If they don't wipe clean I'll use the solvent tank or brake cleaner or carb spray, whatever is handy.
Yup -- part of why I like the hard handles better - they aren't hurt by chemicals - I use laquer thinner on mine regularly.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:38 AM   #24
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Do not clean them with brake cleaner! Takes off the lettering and turns the plastic sort of white.
I've done wore the lettering off of my most commonly used screwdrivers, it wasn't the cleaner's fault. You dont soak 'em in brake cleaner the whole time you aren't using them, you wipe them off with a rag most of the time and use the spray cleaners when ever you get a heavy build-up. I might give 'em a deep cleaning every six months or so.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:44 AM   #25
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one more tome for wd-40! let it sit and eat everything up before u wipe
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:45 AM   #26
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I use a foaming engine cleaner to clean my tools, works great on soft handles too.
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I use wd40 and goo gone
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i use either or varsol cleans them up nice
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:48 AM   #31
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Depends what they're dirty with.

Light filth? Simple green and a rag. Lots of grease? WD-40 and a rag, then follow up with a WD-40 soaked Mister Clean Magic Erase.

You know the magic erasers really are magic, right?

(Caveat: I don't own any Snap-On tools, so this may not work with the solid gold handles and titanium ratchet components that must accompany the Snap-On price point. It does work on other plastic-handled tools.)
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My SO hard handles likes to be wiped with SO wipes...
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My SO hard handles likes to be wiped with SO wipes...
That's a good one!!

I normally use a simple green type product, spray, scrub, rinse and dry. I'll have to try the WD 40 product
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Try some "Shout Spray and Wash" that is used for dirty clothing. Its killer on grease and dirt with no to little brushing. I use it to clean my whole Dirt Bike...spray it and leave it for 5 minutes....the enyzmes have to work to get the grease off.....after that wash off with water and dry....if its still dirty repeat or use a brush to help it take it off....it will come out clean as new and smell like fresh washed clothing....Trust me it works!
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I clean basically all of my tools by just spraying some form of penetrating oil on a rag and wiping down everything. The solvent cleans great, and it leaves a small amount of oil left over to protect any metal.
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Lacquer thinner followed by a quick polish with Lemon Pledge makes em look new

These are CK hard handles tho, not SO
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Final Inspection by Mequires is great for cleaning anything made of hard plastic. Won't harm the surface and is made to dissolve hard to clean comtaminates on Auto finishes. Works great on Stainless work surfaces and Appliances ! Leaves a non-geasy clean glossy sheen
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A quick wipe with a plain rag at the end of the day before the tool gets put away. My shop is too high volume for any meticulous cleaning. If it's reallllly dirty ie soaked in oil or covered in grease then wd40 is my cleaner of choice.
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Living near the ocean where everything rusts, Ive learned from a marine mechanic to put my tools away dirty or at most wipe them down with a rag. If you clean all that oil and grease off of them around here they will rust. I just wipe them with a rag if they are dirty.


+1 on not using brake clean, that stuff will probably destroy the plastic.

I keep Go-Jo Fast Wipes in my shop for my hands and started using them to clean other things because they work so good. Perhaps they would work on your handles.




Dawn dish soap and hot water will cut any grease Ive ever thrown at it.

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I can vouch for greased lightning as well (thanks again buddy). It works great for the heavy duty stuff that my Clorox wipes aren't good enough for.
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The Gojo hand wipes are ok but I've found that the Mr clean magic erasures are the best.
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Is there anything those Mr. Clean Magic erasers wont clean?
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Is there anything those Mr. Clean Magic erasers wont clean?
No, and there's some things only they will clean. I have some white upholstery on my boat with a light texture, dirt gets in the texture and for some reason magic erasers are the ONLY thing that can get it out
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Living near the ocean where everything rusts, Ive learned from a marine mechanic to put my tools away dirty or at most wipe them down with a rag. If you clean all that oil and grease off of them around here they will rust. I just wipe them with a rag if they are dirty.


+1 on not using brake clean, that stuff will probably destroy the plastic.

I keep Go-Jo Fast Wipes in my shop for my hands and started using them to clean other things because they work so good. Perhaps they would work on your handles.




Dawn dish soap and hot water will cut any grease Ive ever thrown at it.

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Just to reiterate, brake cleaner will NOT destroy SO handles, I use it EVERY day. Will not dry out, discolor, crack, break, melt, soften, misshape the handles. 30 seconds, its clean and dry.
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Is there anything those Mr. Clean Magic erasers wont clean?
My mind? Seriously though, I use GoJo orange hand wipes, they work great for cleaning tools, especially those that can be harmed by more harsh chemicals (I know, SO hard handles are impervious to almost any type of cleaner, but other tools are not).
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Everyone must have/use different brake cleaner than the brands I've tried, brake cleaner on yellow snap on pry bars will melt the plastic.
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I've heard of someone on here polish out scuffs, owner marks and stuff out of hard handles. One example looked real nice. Anyone ever do this before?
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Everyone must have/use different brake cleaner than the brands I've tried, brake cleaner on yellow snap on pry bars will melt the plastic.
There are many types of brake cleaner. I'm betting that the kinds reported to not damage the handles is the weak low VOC rubbing alcohol kind with the extremely strong odor.
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