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What are you guys using for cleaning solvent??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Tugmaster, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. I picked up a nice bench top solvent tank/pump setup made by Safety Klean. Just wondering whats a good quality solvent to use in it. I can get mineral spirits through work. I know there are alot of biodegradable solvents on the market know. What are you using?
    Thanks, Todd
  2. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,935


    This topic pops up pretty often, a search might be helpful.

    Lots of varied opinions.
  3. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

  4. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,666

    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    Because of the low quality solvents (EPA involved) I rarely use the parts cleaner in the shop.
    Most of the time now I will soak in gas - scrub - and use super clean then pressure wash.

    5gl bucket w gas - brush
    5gl bucket w super clean - brush

    Come to think of it …….. Super Clean or Zep purple in the parts washer would work good.
  5. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Mineral spirits.

  6. I managed to buy a parts washer that heats the solvent to 110 degrees from the Albuquerque Fire Dept salvage - needed a pump - I put "Floor Cleaner & Degreaser" from Sam's Club in it mixed with water and it seems to work pretty well.
  7. Mineral Spirits with 20% Naptha mixed in.

    It is rough on your skin. WEAR RUBBER GLOVES
  8. raengines
    Joined: Nov 6, 2010
    Posts: 227

    from pa.

    varsol, works very well but a bit tough on the hands till it gets some oil mixed in and then it's fine
  9. big vic
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 400

    big vic
    from cary il

    an old timer i used to work with would pour half a quart of atf in the parts washer everytime the solvent was new,,, he said it was to make it easier on the skin
  10. paint thinner its cheap and works great
  11. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,910


    Where's that old-timer now?

    Neither the solvent, any solvent, nor the ATF is compatible with contact with human skin.

    That is the fast-track to Leukemia or another form of cancer. They are both known carcinogens.

    My grandfather was a life-long mechanic, did little else. He did not know any better, now he's dead. We know better now. Just don't do this.

    Wear gloves. NEVER touch that stuff, ever.
  12. lowsquire
    Joined: Feb 21, 2002
    Posts: 2,564

    from Austin, TX

    $35.00 a gallon here...I dont call that cheap.
  13. river1
    Joined: May 12, 2001
    Posts: 855


    Oil eater from Costco would probably Work good. I have'nt used in a parts cleaner but I've used it on parts on the floor and it worked good. Biodegradable and easy on the hands.

    Later jim
  14. I buy it in 5 Gal. bucket for usually under $30.00. So I'll call it fairly cheap here. :D
  15. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,889

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    Simple Green works pretty well, better than the citrus based cleaners that they tried to foist on us a few years back, to replace the harsh I used to LOVE M-50 (Tri-chloro-ethylene?) Boy did that clean up oil and grease, and leave no film behind!
  16. Another vote for kerosene (paraffin over here). I use it in a bucket and add a little dish soap. Works great.
  17. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,910


    Yeah and:
  18. 29AVEE8
    Joined: Jun 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,384


    Yea TriChlor was great. It also will kill you.... and contaminate the local aquifers and .... It is why every closed Air Force base is now a toxic waste hazard. We used to use it in telephone central offices. Sprayed it on rotary switches from a spray can that we put compressed air into. The stuff gets in your liver and is not nice. We also used to cut pieces of compressed asbestos with a sabre saw.... Nobody said this stuff was bad.
  19. zibo
    Joined: Mar 17, 2002
    Posts: 2,346

    from dago ca

    Diesel works good too.
  20. Carnuba
    Joined: Mar 19, 2012
    Posts: 430


    I've used mineral spirits for yrs...but it's got expensive. I'm told deisel fuel is the same...and 1/3 the cost
  21. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,859

    dirty old man

    Been using mineral spirits in my parts washer for a long time, but last I bought was about $400.00 for 55 gallon drum. Thinking of trying the new ultra low sulfur diesel fuel when that barrel is gone.
    The diesel fuel isn't much oilier than the mineral spirits and a good bit less expensive. Maybe 60% less.
  22. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,889

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    Yeah, it's pretty amazing all the dangerous chemicals, practices, and things we were exposed to before we knew better. Remember blowing off brake shoes, washing your hands in gasoline, or thinner. My old boss used to paint cars with no mask on, now is pretty bad with Alzheimers.
  23. I worked in a machine shop where everything had to be squeaky clean. So they had this M50 tank with a cover on it, it was normal for guys to dip their whole hands in it to rinse parts even though a dip basket was right there. I never liked using it and eventually we got a vapor degreaser.

    But all those old guys swished around in it who now should be 80-90 years old are dead, to a man.

    The EPA would come around now and then to check the water on the grounds and came up with a plume of TCE traced back to a sink in the shop, what was supposed to be parts per billion was in the millions. That's what got us the vapor degreaser.

    Now I use mineral spirits when I have to clean something greasy and use it outside wearing gloves. Inside, I'm using Simple Green or Oil Eater.

  24. cayager
    Joined: Feb 10, 2012
    Posts: 293


    i dont care much for flamable cleaner. doing alot of welding and grinding in the shop scares me with that stuff.. i just use simple green and deal with it. or the zep industrial cleaner at home depot. i think a 5 gallon bucket is about $35. pretty potent stuff. alot stronger than the purple power stuff you get at the parts store.
  25. mustang6147
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,847

    from Kent, Ohio

    I use ZEP formula 50. You can only get it by a Zep salesman. Its roughly $13.00 and gallon and is cut with water. I think 1 gallon makes 6. I use it on tires, engines gutters, it will even get an exploded pen out of white dress shirts
  26. hotcoupe
    Joined: Oct 3, 2007
    Posts: 505


    i use Stoddard solvent in my parts washer with heavy duty rubber gloves. for those of you that said they use gas - PLEASE don`t, one spark and . . .
  27. Muratic acid cleaned up my master cylinder once i had it all broken down. I sprayed it off with water and dried it right away. I do not recommend putting your fingers in it unless you are planning to rob a bank though.
  28. Crystal Blue
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 609

    Crystal Blue

    Ya got that right ! I worked in a screw-machine shop, and we used it to clean parts. Got it in 55gal. drums, and some made it home ;). I don't think it's made any more.

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