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  1. #1
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    Cleaning off carbon assembly compound residue?

    Probably dumb question, but what's the best way to clean off carbon assembly compound? I serviced my dropper last week, and noticed that it was a real bitch to remove it from my frame. The last time I installed it, I (for the first time) followed the instructions and used carbon assembly compound. Clearly I didn't need it, and I'd like to sell the dropper in a week or two without it looking like it's been dipped in donut glaze.

  2. #2
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    Brake cleaner or denatured alcohol works great.

  3. #3
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    Are you talking about the grease with beads in it? Simple Green.
    No longer stuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Have you considered trying soap and water and a paper towel?

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    Goddammit... now I'm hungry for glazed donuts.

  6. #6
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    Carbon paste (stuff with little beads in it, feels like grease with grit) -- just wipe it off with a rag.

    If you mean antiseize, that stuff doesn't wipe off cleanly -- use many rags, and/or degreaser. And don't use antiseize on a seatpost.
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

  7. #7
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    It was the carbon paste, the Park Tool stuff that's clear blue with beads. For whatever reason, over the course of a few months it hardened into a hard white crust. I couldn't scrape it off with a plastic brush, dish soap, & warm water.

    I'll try a blast of brake cleaner, it's pretty strongly built up and feel like Simple Green won't be tough enough.

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