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Old 03-27-2015, 02:28 AM   #1
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Best solvent for parts cleaning tank

Bought a small, bench top parts cleaning tank. Pretty simple, no pump or agitation just a lift out basket with drain holes.

Need to get some solvent for it.

Want to avoid anything water based if I can. I'm thinking some simple Kerosene will do the trick but I'm welcome to suggestions.

Thanks for any recommendations.
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:32 AM   #2
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Mineral spirits works well and is less smelly.
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:43 AM   #3
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:07 AM   #4
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I use biodiesel. B99 from the pump if you can get it. Great solvent & doesn't stink at all
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:43 AM   #5
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Almost half mineral spirits, almost half kerosene, and a splash of ATF Type F.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:21 AM   #6
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Lacquer thinner is my generic go-to washing solvent. I use it outdoors only. Filthy grimy things go in. Swish them around, sparkly clean things come out.

Perc is my #2. Also wonderful stuff.
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:18 PM   #7
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Trichloroethane it's non-flammable or perchloroethlyene.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:01 PM   #8
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Trichloroethane it's non-flammable or perchloroethlyene.
TCE is a carcinogen, so use with caution. It's not gonna kill you over night (ask all the dry cleaners in the world), but it's not terribly nice either. I make a living cleaning up improper disposal of this shit. It is coming under greater and greater regulatory scrutiny as its inhalation hazards are being more understood.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:34 PM   #9
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Graymills Super Agitene. 'Tain cheap but it works for a long time.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:48 PM   #10
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I think about all the helo parts I cleaned in the Navy using stuff like Turco, methyl ethyl terrible, some strong purple colored soap that would strip paint, and God knows what else.....
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:34 PM   #11
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Blue gold, citrex, varsol.
No flash or crc contact cleaner for sealing surfaces after initial cleaning is done. Anything that causes infertility or cancer works awesome!
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:39 PM   #12
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I think about all the helo parts I cleaned in the Navy using stuff like Turco, methyl ethyl terrible, some strong purple colored soap that would strip paint, and God knows what else.....
Worked with a guy at Boeing who came over to Assembly from Mod. He said they'd see who got weird first when cleaning off old deicer boots with MEK.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:58 PM   #13
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Lye and hot water. Also known to dissolve flesh. Environmentally friendly but really nasty to you. Keep it far away from aluminum you want to keep.

Little more sane of a choice, N-terpinal. I have some that is 10 years old, looks nasty, still works.
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:05 PM   #14
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Just curious why you're opposed to water-based cleaners
I bought the HF ultrasonic cleaner and keep in on the workbench with Simple Green and it works pretty good and doesn't smell bad
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:38 PM   #15
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Yeah, I was going to recommend simple green also.

I also have used Vanish Toilet bowl cleaner and water. Works great on any greasy object. D you can flush it down your toilet after using. Just hang the item you want to clean on a wire clothes hanger, lower it into the tub and let it soak for a while. Pull it out and rinse it off, then dry it off...air blower works best.
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