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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old May 17th, 01, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi All, does anyone have a recommendation and where I can buy cleaning solvent for a parts washer? I live in Phoenix AZ on the west side. Thanks Rick Z.
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My dad used to work for a company called safty clean and they have all that kind of stuff. They are a national company and supply everything u need. I used to go with him on the route and deliver the parts washers and solivent

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I just bought one and called everywhere for solvent. Napa had it, but it was $40 for 5 gallons. Farm and Fleet had it for about the same price. I called a garage and asked where they get it. I was told they got it from the local heating oil dealer for $1.65 per gallon so that was where I went. Moral of the story: Ask your local garages where they get theirs.
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mineral spirits, by the gallon. cut it with a gallon of gunk (yes it is available by the gallon)
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old May 17th, 01, 12:21 PM
 
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at S.A.I.T. (tech school here) they just used good old varsol from Canadian Tire...

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Hi All
I called around yesterday and it seems that some Solvent companies sell a type of mineral sprits that's used in parts washers, about $3.00 a gallon, you have to bring your own container. I did notice that the regular mineral, ("paint thinner"), sprits is only $1.82 a gallon at the store. Does anyone use this or know why it shouldn't be used for washing parts, such as too flammable or know something that works better?
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I got a new parts washer before I started this engine swap. And after searching I wound up with paint thinner from home depot. 2 bucks a gallon. works good.

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10 gallons of mineral spirits, cut it with and one gallon of gunk (yes it is available by the gallon). Like Jon said.

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All right, it looks like paint thinner "sweeten-up" with a gallon of "Gunk" is the winner!
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old May 18th, 01, 06:29 PM
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We use Naptha on our farm, 55 gallon barrels of it. It's available from oil supply jobbers.
It is less flammable than the paint thinners.
I had a friend who had his parts washer catch fire from a grinding spark, he was using the paint thinner.

Naptha has less volatility.
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I agree with dave, get the naptha. That's what I use, and like dave said, it's much less volatile than thinners. It's easy to find an oil supply jobber.

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Make sure to use good long gloves and use a mask..
I permanently messed myself up over the years for not using all the saftey stuff...
If I could do it all over again...I will spend ANY amount of money to insure proper safety when using solvents..... Once you cook your brains out from this stuff ...there is no comming back...
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Naptha is less flammable than thinner? I beg to differ. I nearly burned down the scout cabin when the Naptha in a lamp was ignited by a fire in a wooden stove more than 15 feet away. On the other hand, I once accidentally left the lid off a pot of varsol and was bombarding it with sparks from the grinder, and it still didn't light on fire. I also recall changine the solvent once, and for kicks dropped a lit match into the empty but still moist container. The match just went out as though it had landed in water.
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They said less volatile then thinner...not less flammable.

There is a big difference.

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Here is a link to a product description of the Varsol product.
It appears to be a cleaning type solvent or "Stoddard Solvent". I had not heard of it before. http://www.exxon.com/exxon_lubes/tig...ets/pds086.htm

There appears to be at least two types of Naptha, a light and a heavy. I don't know what type we use. I'm going to check with my supplier on it.
The Naptha type I have used, I have passed a torch over wet metal to dry it faster, and it would not burn when the torch was removed.

I'll have to toss some matches in the parts washer to see if it burns!
Just kidding.

The Varsol 1, or Varsol 18, looks good. But just like the Naptha, there are other products like Varsol 1 with Naptha, and a long list of other Varsol combinations.

Spiking the solvent with other products will most likely increase the flammability.

Keep the parts washer covered and in an area where there is no other flamable products for safety. Also away from grinding, cutting, equipment. Sparks can fly a long way!

I bought a proper parts washer with a melt away lug on the lid. It will drop the lid if the parts washer catches fire and the lid is up.

We did have a fire a long time ago (1949) when they used gasoline, (yes gasoline) to clean a tractor, a drop light fell into the bucket and POOF! They never did that again!

Wear hand protection, these products can cause nerve damage, lung damage, skin cancer, and dermatitis.
Good discussion, David

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