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Good info guys.. I bought my first cleaning tank maybe 5 years ago, started off using kerosene but it got almost toxic, switched to a water based cleaner and now it gets a nasty skim on it and does a lousy job. Might try some mineral spirits next.
Yeah, kero gets me too but the mineral spirits ain't much better.....
I never wore any gloves for 50 years and I spent tons of hours in solvent tanks. Got these last year, seem OK but only use for large parts (trans cases, etc.). I like to feel small parts. Easy to slip on and off. Mike ThxToms Heavy Duty Latex Gloves, Resist Strong Acid, Alkali and Oil, 14", 1 Pair - - Amazon.com
I use the Tractor Supply stuff. Works pretty well. Gotta wear gloves. Makes your hands feel all tingly if you don’t.
Are you talking about the smell?
I was hoping more for anyone with some experience with a particular brand or make... Like I said, the gloves I have used go stiff too quick...
Not sure if they call it Mineral Spirits or something else but I buy it from the local bulk oil dealer. Smells like mineral spirits but cheaper than buying from a hardware store. I have a couple 5 gal cans I use for transport.
I have a Renegade high pressure washer. I turn the heater on and when it hits 180 I close the lid and let the washer do the work
Mineral spirits will not freeze. Some of us live in cold climates. For small parts I use brake clean but it gets expensive fast when cleaning anything of size. I know it can be dangerous but save stale gas for parts cleaning. Then off to the burn barrel.
I blew my tea out of my nose when I read that!
Has anyone ever tried using a filter to clean and then reuse their solvent? What'd ya use?
Varsol is great, but maybe hard to find here in the States.
I looked those up.. That would be the top of the line way to go.. Out of my budget for sure
I watched Craigslist for a year or more when I found mine. Mine was a dealer demo machine and I got mine bought for 1200 dollars. If I would have been smart I would have bought the other one and the manual one he was also selling, think I could have made some $$$$$$
That would be one of those gadgets that you can't wait to have some dirty parts to throw in it.....
My washer is the HF 20 gallon model with the water-based cleaner I get in 5-gallon cans from NAPA. I upgraded the pump a lot, which was a great idea. Then I added a filter, using a remote oil filter setup like you'd put on your car. It makes a world of difference. Looking in the the tank the fluid is pretty scuzzy. Turn on the pump and you get nice clear cleaner for your parts. Works like a champ. The only thing I don't like about the NAPA stuff is it's a little expensive but mostly it just plain stinks. I wear gloves always because you can't scrub the smell off your hands and it lasts for days.
I have an old Safety Clean parts washer. I was using kerosene. This thread got me looking for alternatives. I drained the parts washer, and after scrubbing, I noticed a pin hole in the bottom. After even more cleaning, I found more pin holes. I had to cut the whole bottom out, and welded a new bottom in. So, how do I get rust holes in the bottom when it's submerged in kerosene? Now, I'm trying Purple Power. Doesn't stink near as bad as kerosene.
Low odor Sherwin Williams R1K4 thinner/mineral spirits. If you want a bit more edge/heat, add xylene