Parts washer solvent
About to begin rebuilding the wheel and master cylinders on the
forty. Plan to buy a parts washer to clean everything before I start on
the rebuilding. What solvent do you guys use? I was considering mineral
spirits but at $14 a gallon it would be expensive to fill even a small
parts washer. Suggestions?
Originally Posted by BubbaBear
I am the proud owner of a parts washer that I would give you if you were
closer. Unless you are going to use it regularly, you may want to
consider another options. The washer takes a lot of solvent, it gets
dirty quickly ands it is getting harder and harder to get rid of
What I do is to take a five gallon plastic pail, a screen basket and
pour in a gallon of "Super Clean" brand water based cleaner. Soak the
parts for as long as you want, use a scrub brush to knock off the rest
and wash with water. Super Clean is not really cheap but most big box
and auto stores handle it and it's usually $8/ gallon. Don't let anyone
tell you there are other brands that are equivalent Bolderdash!!!. It
comes in a purple bottle.
Others will probably disagree but I use it all winter in the heated part
of my polebarn. It's not flammable but read the directions and use
accordingly. In Fact, I have a bunch of 74 Avanti engine compartment
parts soaking as I type.
Thanks, I'll check it out.
I use mineral spirits or kerosene, or a mixture of both. Add a
little ATF to keep it from doing too much damage to your hands. I
haven't bought any in awhile but I don't think it's that expensive here.
I use diesel. Nice and cheap
I generally use diesel also to clean greasy parts....but NOT on brake parts.
Use the water based cleaner Bob suggests, OR one of the aerosol brake
cleaner products. The solvents in diesel, mineral spirits, and other
petroleum based cleaners will eat the seals if even a small amout is
left on the brake parts and is not compatible with brake fluid. Use
only brake fluid as a lubricant if you plan to hone the cylinders.
yes I didn't read the original question properly. You can't use any oily solvent on brake parts.
We use diesel in our shop to rinse off machining lubricant. It
works especially good on carbon steel, doesn't cause flash rust and our
plater is happy with how easy it is to clean off. Beware of bio-diesel,
it works even better but any and ALL rags that have been exposed will
be likely to spontaneously combust. We never had a problem with B20 or
lower, only B99. There are some new bio-diesel based cleanres that are
supposed to have additives to control spontaneous combustion, one I have
used lately but the name escapes me, I'll look it up tomorrow at work.
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