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Old 08-30-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
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Will paint thinner ruin my air filter?

I'm tired of researching and being undecided about what to put in my parts washer.

I think I'll just go cheap with paint thinner.

Main concern is, will it eat up my Twin Air filters?
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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I'm tired of researching and being undecided about what to put in my parts washer.

I think I'll just go cheap with paint thinner.

Main concern is, will it eat up my Twin Air filters?
i use diesel in my washer and it hasnt messed up my foam filters yet.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:02 PM   #3
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I've used Chevron "Mineral S pirits Thinner" in my parts washer with no problem on foam filters. I use the thinner to pre-wash and then finish with warm soapy water. I also use a separate pan to keep the fine particulate aircleaner dirt out of my parts washer.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:46 AM   #4
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I use mineral spirits/paint thinner from Home Depot on my UNI air filters with no ill effects.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:30 AM   #5
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Don't wash your air filter in the parts washer, not clean enough.
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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Don't wash your air filter in the parts washer, not clean enough.
Its the Best way to remove the filter oil. Then do a wash in soapy water to remove any dirt.

And I use odorless mineral spirits in my washer.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:04 PM   #7
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I use automatic dishwasher detergent and it works great.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:45 PM   #8
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I use automatic dishwasher detergent and it works great.
To cut through filter oil?

Other than pine-sol, I've yet to find a soap or citris based degreaser that will break maxima fft filter oil.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:32 PM   #9
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Whats the diff in using kerosene for cleaning parts? I don't have a washer and don't do it often enough for a washer as such but it sure is cheaper.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:06 AM   #10
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Its the Best way to remove the filter oil. Then do a wash in soapy water to remove any dirt.

And I use odorless mineral spirits in my washer.
I do this also. Make sure to dry the filter off thoroughly with paper towel and hang it up for awhile before you soak or spray filter oil too.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:57 PM   #11
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Whats the diff in using kerosene for cleaning parts? I don't have a washer and don't do it often enough for a washer as such but it sure is cheaper.
K-1 doesn't evaporate as quickly as mineral spirits. With the latter, you can clean a part and then rinse with hot water, and it will dry quickly with no solvent residue.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:08 PM   #12
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kerosene, mineral spirits, paint thinner, napatha, diesel fuel. ect.

All close together fractions of the petroleum distillate spectrum.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:05 PM   #13
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I know kerosene is "more oily" but it sure is cheaper & is a safe solvent that works for most shop grunge.
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:26 PM   #14
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I keep low odor mineral spirits in the parts washer but I also keep a couple of gallons of it in a 5 gal. bucket for washing filters. I wadded up some chicken wire (poultry netting for you sophisticates) and put it in the bottom of the bucket so the dirt can settle down in there. I keep a lid on the bucket so it doesn't evaporate. It gets a bit added to it when I do my final rinse with clean spirits. Lasts forever, if it gets too funky I strain it through a rag into a new clean bucket. Been working out of the same thinner for over 10 years.
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:40 PM   #15
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Eek Cleaing air filter

Actually paint thinner shouldn't hurt it at all. Neither should gasoline.

Try Simple Green. It cuts through just about everything. Mix 1:4 SG to water. Let it soak.
Works on foam and K&N type filter materials.
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