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Old 12-22-2008, 01:30 AM   #1
Dec 2008
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Hi All,
I was just wondering if you guys have any tips for cleaning the outside of a corny keg. I have a couple with some nasty glue and dried scale like stuff on them. Steel Wool and Oxy maybe?

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Old 12-22-2008, 01:34 AM   #2
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I sprayed mine down with Formula 409 then scrubbed with a Brillo pad.

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Old 12-22-2008, 01:34 AM   #3
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One of the best ways to get started is to fill the keg with very hot water. This will loosen the glue and stickers enought that you can get much of it off with a scrubbing pad and some mild detergent or oxyclean. Don't use anything too hot (maybe 130 max) or it might loosen the glue holding on the rubber bottom as well. (If it does, they can be glue on pretty easily).

For more stubborn residue, any vegetable oil or pam spray will help.
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:46 AM   #4
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You might try to find a cleaner that contains either "d-limonene" or "citrus based solvent" on the label. D-limonene does a pretty bang up job on removing adhesive

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Old 12-22-2008, 02:29 AM   #5
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I had great luck with 'Goo Gone' to remove stickers and then 'Barkeeper's Friend' to clean up the stainless steel.


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Old 12-22-2008, 03:29 PM   #6
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I just used hot water and a scotch brite pad. I still need to do THIS.
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:52 PM   #7
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Acetone is good for removing glue
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:54 PM   #8
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A rag soaked in paint thinner is great for removing sticky residue. Just soak the rag and leave it on the affected area for 3-5 minutes. Then just scrape off (I like using a putty knife).

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Old 04-06-2009, 12:01 AM   #9
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I just fill the keg with hot water and oxyclean and let it oerflow over sides of keg. Then took razor blade and scraped off all stickers and residue easily. Then used 400 grit superfine sandpaper that I had laying around in garage and wet sanded outside of kegs and now they look brand new and shiny! Maybe took all of about 10 minutes per keg! Cant believe how good they look compared to the nasty stickered up kegs they once were!

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