Whats everybody using in there solvent tank

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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.
     
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      Yeah, kero gets me too but the mineral spirits ain't much better.....
       
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      I use the Tractor Supply stuff. Works pretty well. Gotta wear gloves. Makes your hands feel all tingly if you don’t.
       
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        Are you talking about the smell?
         
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        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.
         
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        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
         
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        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.
         
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            I blew my tea out of my nose when I read that!
             
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            Has anyone ever tried using a filter to clean and then reuse their solvent? What'd ya use?
             
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            Varsol is great, but maybe hard to find here in the States.
             
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              I looked those up.. That would be the top of the line way to go.. Out of my budget for sure
               
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              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 $$$$$$
               
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              That would be one of those gadgets that you can't wait to have some dirty parts to throw in it.....
               
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              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.
               
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              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.
               
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              Low odor Sherwin Williams R1K4 thinner/mineral spirits. If you want a bit more edge/heat, add xylene
               
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