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Old 12-31-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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I just got a small parts washer. What's the best solvent to use for cleaning parts? Someone said to use mineral spirts, and suggestions?

The parts are not rusted, just oil and grime.

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Old 12-31-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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i use kerosene cheap, easy to find
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:24 AM   #3
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Locla NAPA store should have bulk fluid for parts washer. Mix in a couple of qts of tranny fluid.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:29 AM   #4
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I've used Mineral Spirits for years, it works great and rinses off clean. But the last time I bought some it was fairly expensive. Now I hear it's even worse so now I'm looking for something as well.

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Locla NAPA store should have bulk fluid for parts washer. Mix in a couple of qts of tranny fluid.
This seems to defeat the purpose of "cleaning" a part.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:31 AM   #5
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I use to buy a product from Napa called Stanosol? They carried it in a 55 gal drum and sold it by the gallon, bring your own container. Worked well and was cheap.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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If you use Mineral Spirits or Kerosene, after a while you will get tired of the smell. I like to use OMS...Odorless Mineral Spirits...yes, it is more expensive, but I feel it's worth it.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:00 AM   #7
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If you use Mineral Spirits or Kerosene, after a while you will get tired of the smell. I like to use OMS...Odorless Mineral Spirits...yes, it is more expensive, but I feel it's worth it.
That's what I use , But it is about $8.00 a gal here.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:03 AM   #8
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i have stoddard solvent in my parts washer... does a good job , very little smell and won't hardly burn
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:05 AM   #9
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Last mineral spirits I bought was about $450 for a 55 gallon barrel, no doubt it's more now. I'd like to find a suitable substitute.
Been thinking of geting a 5 gallon bucket with lid and putting maybe 4 or so gallons of the new ultra low sulfur diesel fuel in it. Wish I could find the #1 diesel instead of the slightly oiler and more viscous #2, but the #1 just isn't found here in the South. If it worked OK then I would use next time I need to fill my 35 gallon capacity parts washer.Kerosene is just about as expensive as mineral spirits, and about 3 times the price of diesel.
Also considering buying one of those cheap Harbor Freight type washers to pre wash with diesel before using the big washer with the high dollar mineral spirits, or maybe vice versa? Just getting crowded in my shop already without another parts washer!
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:11 AM   #10
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i just recently used some Purple Power to clean up some pistons and rods, it did a fine job. if i ever replace the stoddard solvent in my parts washer i will probably use that
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:11 AM   #11
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I use 10 gallons of Purple Power in my HF washer. It cuts through the thickest of grease. I'm real happy with it. It's about $20 for 5 gallons at AutoZone. Smells good too!
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:12 AM   #12
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I put the new #2 low sulphur Diesel in my washer a few years ago when it first came out. Very little smell, good cleaner and it seems to "settle" and is mostly clean every time I use it.

It's a very light product, much less oilier than old #2.

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Old 12-31-2012, 11:30 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the advise.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:48 PM   #14
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My concern about the Purple Power and other strong water based cleaners is that the main ingredient is a caustic, IIRC Sodium Hydroxide. I am concerned that it could cause corrosion in my parts washer, which is a big industrial unit,, forget the brand, but I remember looking it up in an industrial supply catalog and it's very expensive, don't want to screw it up!
Rather use something a little oily and then spray down with Purple Power or similart, then hose off and blow dry than take that chance!
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:56 PM   #15
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Using mineral spirits in my 5gal washer. Solvent is $$$!
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:07 PM   #16
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looking at a jug of Purple Power i see the ingredients are listed as: water, sodium silicate, edta , butoxyethanol , and surfactants

i'm not a chemist ......what does that add up to?
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:09 PM   #17
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looking at a jug of Purple Power i see the ingredients are listed as: water, sodium silicate, edta , butoxyethanol , and surfactants

i'm not a chemist ......what does that add up to?

Sounds like water-based "soap" solvent. Not too crazy about water-based solvents. At my work because of EPA/CARB requirements, we've switched to them. They work okay once heated. But if you let them sit too long, bacteria builds up and the solvent will smell like ass!
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:15 PM   #18
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well , i guess it's just soap then..it did do a fine job for me when i tried it

as i said before , i have stoddard solvent in my parts washer
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:38 PM   #19
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Kerosene, diesel fuel, or home heating oil.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:49 PM   #20
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Nitro is for racing
Alcohol is for drinking
Gasoline is for cleaning parts ! !

Isn't that how it goes ?
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