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It's OK ... but paraffin/kerosene and elbow grease work better
on 15 October 2012
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I bought this because I was being lazy. The chain on my little Kawasaki Ninjette was looking grubby, and I was thinking that rather than getting a toothbrush and cleaning every single link with paraffin (aka kerosene) I'l just spray and wipe with the Wurth brake and chain cleaner. So, I bought the combo cleaner, lube and cleaning brush.
So, I removed the chain guard, went for a fifteen minute ride to warm up the chain, stuck the bike on the stand and got spraying. It looked good. The dirt was definitely coming off. I left it 'soaking' for about ten minutes and then sprayed the chain again and started using the cleaning brush. More dirt came off. Great! I finished by spraying the last of the can onto a lint-free cloth as I wiped the chain. Even more dirt came off.
15-minutes after I started, I was done. The only problem was, the chain was only superficially clean. It looked OK, but between the links, around the 'o' rings and around the connecting shafts there was still quite a lot of dirt.
After sighing heavily, I did what I should have done in the first place. I got a jar of paraffin, an old toothbrush and (another) cloth and started cleaning the chain properly. This time it took me about 30-minutes, but at the end of it the chain really was clean.
Summary; I think that this stuff is good for a 'quick' clean, but it really isn't good enough. Paraffin is cheaper and better. It takes about twice to three times as long to clean with paraffin, but if you load up a good album on your MP3 player, take a deep breath, and get focused on the job, it's actually quite good therapy to clean a motorcycle chain.