Will paint thinner ruin my air filter?

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  1. Joevano

    Joevano Been here awhile

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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?
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  2. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i use diesel in my washer and it hasnt messed up my foam filters yet.
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  3. FlyingPenguin

    FlyingPenguin Been here awhile

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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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  4. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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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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  5. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    Don't wash your air filter in the parts washer, not clean enough.
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  6. jar944

    jar944 Been here awhile

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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.
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  7. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    I use automatic dishwasher detergent and it works great.
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  8. jar944

    jar944 Been here awhile

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    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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  9. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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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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  10. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    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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  11. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    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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  12. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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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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  13. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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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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  14. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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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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  15. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur

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    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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