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Any tips on cleaning this thing up? It's 30+ years old, white, orange, and various shades of grease and oil.
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Honestly, it might not be pretty, but all that oil is keeping it from rusting.

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Any tips on cleaning this thing up? It's 30+ years old, white, orange, and various shades of grease and oil.
You seem to be getting into the same business I'm already in. I find that it makes a big difference to work on clean stuff. The dollar tree store has a very good product that removes grease and oil I think its called " LA's Awesome Orange". I put some in a spay bottle and use a brush and paper towels. Do you intend to take it apart and fix it all up?
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Depending on how tenacious a grip it has and what condition the paint is in you can also try WD40 as it can help to break the old oil and grease loose or pick up a can of engine cleaner/degreaser as that will usually work really well. Just makes a bit of a mess when you go to rinse.
If it's really nasty and you have a way to transport it a self serve car wash can work wonders for a couple bucks in quarters!! Best part, no mess in your driveway, no cleanup

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I have some oven cleaner laying around, I'll give that a try first.
There is some rust on parts of the auger housing, but over all it's pretty clean and the paint is still pretty decent.
How do I keep water from accumulating near/in the carb while hosing it off?
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Just a word of caution on the aerosol engine degreaser or oven cleaner. They will eat away decals even if not sprayed directly on them. If you're planning on keeping some decals or the serial number sticker you have to be careful. If not, the Gunk brand will pretty much eat everything. i just zip tie a freezer bag over the carb and muffler then do as frog suggested and place the thing right on the drain grates at the quarter wash. Spray it down with the cleaner and let soak, then pressure wash it all away. The degreaser mode or tire cleaner on the selectable washes works pretty well if you don't have a can yourself.
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i just began repainting my ariens yesterday, all i did was scuffed up the rough spots with a piece of 120 grit sandpaper which actually covered almost the whole snowblower. after that i power washed it with my landa power washer, let it dry to the touch, and started painting. i used duplicolor de1620 which is a perfect match for the ariens paint
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Just a word of caution on the aerosol engine degreaser or oven cleaner. They will eat away decals even if not sprayed directly on them. If you're planning on keeping some decals or the serial number sticker you have to be careful. If not, the Gunk brand will pretty much eat everything. i just zip tie a freezer bag over the carb and muffler then do as frog suggested and place the thing right on the drain grates at the quarter wash. Spray it down with the cleaner and let soak, then pressure wash it all away. The degreaser mode or tire cleaner on the selectable washes works pretty well if you don't have a can yourself.
Wish I could bring it to the dollar wash...unless I get a pair of roller blades and tilt it back and let it drive me
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Can of spray and a dollar store spray nozzle for your hose will do the trick too. Try and do it near the street drain as the degreaser is pretty good at removing grass from the lawn also
If you're gonna take it apart to paint you can just take pieces up to the wash bay with a car and a couple garbage bags.

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For the carb it's normally uphill to the engine so it's just a matter of not spraying directly into the opening. Stuffing a cloth in there or covering it with a bag and some rubber bands works too.

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