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Technical CRC Brakleen

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blowby, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. blowby
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    So there I was at ORielly staring at the identically marked green and red cans of CRC brake cleaner, at least on the front from what my old eyes could see. The writing on the back was too small to read. The salesman said it was a mystery to him, and he had checked into it before. I bought one of each, being on sale, and vowed to look into it. VOCs are different, boiling points, freezing points. Maybe someone here has a preference and can can explain it a little more. Here you can read all the specs.

    Yeah, slow day around here, so far..

    https://www.zoro.com/crc-brake-parts-cleaner-20-oz-aerosol-05084/i/G3072106/
    https://www.zoro.com/crc-brake-parts-cleaner-20-oz-aerosol-05050/i/G2882914/

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  2. Truck64
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    As a general rule these days, "New & Improved!" = We Ruined It.

    The green label may be a clue.
     
  3. Chlorinated and non-chlorinated if I recall
     
  4. Doublepumper
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    Dunno, it may be the green one is the better of the two, because it's restricted in CA, CT, DE, MD, NH. The red one...not restricted. They are both non-chlorinated.
     
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  5. lake_harley
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    "The green label"....subtle stab, but I get it. :D:D

    Lynn
     
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  6. Truck64
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    It sez "Non Chlorinated" on both cans.
     
  7. Truck64
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    May be a moot point. Probably both of them suck.
     
  8. blowby
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    I'm in the Ca SF bay area, where if you fart they call hazmat. Maybe they are allowed to sell until they run out of stock.
     
  9. KoolKat-57
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    All I know is the old formula red can was the best bug killer I ever used!
    Oh and a good parts cleaner too!
    KK
     
  10. hotrod1948
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    It is probably a California thing. Here in my part of. Wisconsin red is the “old” stuff and the green is suppose to be more environmentally friendly.
     
  11. seb fontana
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    They both now leave a residue...
     
  12. J. A. Miller
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    Probably the bean burritos!
     
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  13. abe lugo
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    It used to be the Red one was the better one, the Green one was the one with less chems and VOCs. All about the same now. Just go to wally world and buy the cheap stuff. Its all weaker now altogether.
     
  14. Rich S.
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    Anything that’s restricted in California is probably what you want!


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  15. blowby
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    In my six decades here a lot has changed, much of it not to my liking, but I have to admit there's some pretty darn good restaurants around. Better than the British cuisine I was raised on.

    Anyhoo thanks for the replies. Both cans in my fuzzy photo above say 'less than 10% VOC' so maybe it's the same stuff. Maybe someone from a state not mentioned in post 4 can check a can.
     
  16. Maybe "less than" 10% is a standard (legal standard) though one might have say 9% and the other 5%. Beyond that, I don't have a clue.:confused:
     
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  17. wheeltramp brian
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    I use the red cans everyday .seems more powerful to me than the green
     
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  18. dave lewis
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    Buy the house brand right next to it..
    Works great.
    I buy it by the case thru my commercial account..
    Usually $1.95 can that way.

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  19. hotrod1948
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    I agree, the house brand at Farm and Fleet is much cheaper and does what the red can use to do!
     
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  20. saltflats
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    It won't work on brown recluse.
     
  21. big duece
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    The red used to be chlorinated and non flammable, and looks they are both now non-chlorinated. Do NOT use the any chlorinated cleaner to clean parts prior to TIG welding. The residue gases burnt will get under your helmet and make you light headed or pass out, bad shit. The green can was safer on plastics but was flammable:confused:
     
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  22. Stonebird
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    IIRC the red one used to be chlorinated and had carbon tetrachloride or Tetrachloroethylene. and worked much better. The non-chlorinated stuff doesn't compare, in my opinion. Looks like they're now just selling the green can stuff that doesn't work in the red can to try and keep the traditional red can buyers from trying something different.
     
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  23. saltflats
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    What he said ^^^ don't use it to clean welding parts if you don't know don't take a chance.
     
  24. deathrowdave
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    Chlorinated when heated produces mustard gas . This is a serious no no ! Always know what you are doing , or understand what you working with it could have a very serious mind altering experience or worse .
     
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  25. Ebbsspeed
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    I buy a case at a time of this stuff on Amazon. Cheaper than the "off the shelf" price. The only thing it won't dissolve is the ugly on Rosie O'Donnell.

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  26. banjeaux bob
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    The green burns very well. The red doesn't. the red will leave an oil type residue.the green will not.
     
  27. tomic
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    i called them and asked.

    in CA and many other states, both cans contain exactly the same chemical. the red one simply costs more. really. i assume the red can is to appease people who don't like change.

    in some states and/or in the past, the red stuff had/has nastier chemicals.

    i'm fine with the new chemistry. i like breathing.
     
  28. nrgwizard
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    At the bus co I work at, we get the crc green can, Works ok . We've been saddled w/worse, had better.
    For my personal $$$, the blu/org Gunk can gets the nod - on sale quite often. Decent stuff.
    & I never use chlorinated cleaners.
    Marcus...
     
  29. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    I'd guess the can on the right is a CA issue as it doesn't have a straw. They've started doing away with plastic drinking straws and I'd guess cleaner and WD-40 will eventually get the axe.
     
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  30. Torkwrench
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    Picked up a few cans of the red BraKleen about a week ago, (here in Illinois). They are still chlorinated, and it states on the cans that they "Are not for use in California, or New Jersey". They must still be the good stuff.
     

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