The unpainted surfaces of your machine are
coated with a heavy-duty rust preventative that
prevents corrosion during shipment and storage.
This rust preventative has been your machine's
close ally and guardian since it left the factory.
If your machine arrived to you free of rust, then
be thankful that the rust preventative protected
it during its journey...and try to stay thankful as
you clean it off, because it can be challenging to
remove if you are unprepared and impatient.
Plan on spending some time cleaning your
machine. The time you spend doing this will
reward you with smooth sliding parts and a better
appreciation for the proper care of your machine's
Although there are many ways to successfully
remove the rust preventative, these instructions
walk you through what works well for us.
Before cleaning, gather the following:
Cleaner/degreaser (see below)
Safety glasses & disposable gloves
H9692—Orange power cleaner & Degreaser
one of the best cleaners we've found for quickly
and easily removing rust preventative.
Figure 4. Model h9692 industrial orange power
Cleaner/degreaser (99.9% biodegradable).
Note: In a pinch, automotive degreasers, mineral
spirits or WD•40 can be used to remove rust pre-
ventative. Before using these products, though,
test them on an inconspicuous area of your paint
to make sure they will not damage it.
Gasoline and petroleum
products have low flash
points and can explode
or cause fire if used to
clean machinery. Avo i d
u sing t h e s e p r o du c t s
to cl e a n m ac hin e r y.
Many cleaning solvents
Minimize your risk by only
using these products in a
well ventilated area.
Avoid chlorine-based solvents, such as
acetone or brake parts cleaner that may
damage painted surfaces. Always follow
the manufacturer's instructions when using
any type of cleaning product.
Basic steps for removing rust preventative:
Put on safety glasses and disposable
Coat all surfaces that have rust preventative
with a liberal amount of your cleaner/degreas-
er and let them soak for few minutes.
Wipe off the surfaces. If your cleaner/degreas-
er is effective, the rust preventative will wipe
Note: To clean off thick coats of rust preven-
tative on flat surfaces, such as tables, use
a PLASTIC paint scraper to scrape off the
majority of the coating before wiping it off with
your rag. (Do not use a metal scraper or you
may scratch your machine.)
Repeat Steps 2–3 as necessary until clean,
then coat all unpainted surfaces with a quality
metal protectant to prevent rust.
Model g0554z (Mfg 01/09+)