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    Default Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    I've been using Prepsol from Midas for years as a general purpose cleaner and degreaser, it works, I buy it in 5L containers but it's starting to get quite pricey now, around R200/5L.
    Is there anything else worth checking out?

    I don't mind paying a little more if it's a really top notch product.
    Time is money and if a product saves time because it works so well then I'll gladly pay the premium for it.

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    Thumbs up Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    See if you can get Shield water based degreaser, I've been using it for the past 30 years and its good stuff!
    It's made by Shield Chemicals, and I'm sure they must have a distributor down there.
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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Markb View Post
    See if you can get Shield water based degreaser, I've been using it for the past 30 years and its good stuff!
    It's made by Shield Chemicals, and I'm sure they must have a distributor down there.
    I buy directly from Allijam ....

    If you buy 2x 25Lt it's free delivery ....
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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    The price gets really good at 25L but I only use 5L a year.

    Paying now nearly R30/L I was just contemplating if there are maybe better options in the market.

    What would be considered the best general purpose cleaners on the market?

    Similar to how Meguiars makes some of the best polishes and waxes, it's expensive but now that I have experienced what very good quality is like any of the run of the mill Rally/Shield/Wynn's waxes just are a waste of time.

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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    I use a degreaser from my local soap shop - like R80 something for a 5L can. Cleans engines nicely.
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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    The price gets really good at 25L but I only use 5L a year.

    Paying now nearly R30/L I was just contemplating if there are maybe better options in the market.

    What would be considered the best general purpose cleaners on the market?

    Similar to how Meguiars makes some of the best polishes and waxes, it's expensive but now that I have experienced what very good quality is like any of the run of the mill Rally/Shield/Wynn's waxes just are a waste of time.
    That's what I also use in a year but I bought the 25L and split then into 5L containers. It lost the the red color but is still working well.
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    I have been using Prepsol since the mid 1970s.

    I have not found anything to replace it (not that I really tried).

    PS My first 5l container of Prepsol cost me R2-47 (1975)!
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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    Maybe look for a Powasol product? Their main peanut is an entertaining and energetic boykie, very active in the dirt bike scene.

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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    I have also been using Prepsol for over 10 years to keep my engine bays clean and yes it has become ridiculously expensive to buy.

    5L bottle also last me 10 months to a year and i have struggled to find an alternative solution that works as effective as Prepsol.

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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4ePajero View Post

    PS My first 5l container of Prepsol cost me R2-47 (1975)!

    How the heck do you remember that!

    reading these comments though - it looks like five of you could easily club together and each get a 5L for cheap then.
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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    Owning a landy I use engine cleaner way too much

    I am always worried what the stuff does to rubber hoses

    But am also a prepsol boy

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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    How the heck do you remember that!

    reading these comments though - it looks like five of you could easily club together and each get a 5L for cheap then.
    I decanted into that 5l can from a 25l one for many years (5l lasts me approx 2 years) and the price sticker always reminded me.
    I should not have thrown the original can away.
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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    I Challenged Adrian from Motor Cartel on Facebook to see if they can clean my 1967 Land rover. He accepted the challenge and trust me the product is on of the best I have used. I followed the instructions and Lilly is a lot cleaner than what I could get with other cleaners. I have tried may products including famous brands but nothing beats this stuff so far. Much better than the famous red one in my opinion. It also dies not leave a white residue like some cleaners do This will be my go to cleaner from now on.

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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    The price gets really good at 25L but I only use 5L a year.

    Paying now nearly R30/L I was just contemplating if there are maybe better options in the market.

    What would be considered the best general purpose cleaners on the market?

    Similar to how Meguiars makes some of the best polishes and waxes, it's expensive but now that I have experienced what very good quality is like any of the run of the mill Rally/Shield/Wynn's waxes just are a waste of time.
    How much R's you expect to save if you only use 5 liter/year?
    Just asking?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Smiley View Post
    I Challenged Adrian from Motor Cartel on Facebook to see if they can clean my 1967 Land rover. He accepted the challenge and trust me the product is on of the best I have used. I followed the instructions and Lilly is a lot cleaner than what I could get with other cleaners. I have tried may products including famous brands but nothing beats this stuff so far. Much better than the famous red one in my opinion. It also dies not leave a white residue like some cleaners do This will be my go to cleaner from now on.

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    How much is it a litre?

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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by hatjohan View Post
    How much R's you expect to save if you only use 5 liter/year?
    Just asking?
    It's not the money savings it's more that maybe there are better options in the market now that it's not as dirt cheap as it used to be.

    Then again it's probably just the hyper inflation these days that affects everything that's causing the increase but I'm still interested to hear what else is out there.

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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    How much is it a litre?

    1000ml
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyAndy View Post
    1000ml
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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    I like to use a product called Blix-em, green bottle, comes in 1L and 5L as well as 500ml spray bottles. Mrs got hold of it to clean tile grouting in the kitchen, worked so well it now gets used to clean damn near everything around the house.
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    Default Re: Prepsol general purpose cleaner - better alternatives?

    In my experience Prepsol is a very mild cleaner. You won't get thick greasy oil from your engine with it. Good for cleaning oil sweat and mud. It works well to clean 'clean' engines, mags and dirt bikes.

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