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Author Topic:   What do you use for Solvent in your Parts Washer???
Speed Racer X
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posted January 26, 2003 01:01 PM
Do to the fact that I can't afford (or justify) the monthly lease of a Saftey Clean parts washer, I have the Harbor Freight version. My machine needs at least 7 gallons to work. O'reilly Automotive gets $65 for 5 gallons, the Dry Cleaners have Sodard Solvent for $3 per gallon (but they aren't crazy about selling it to me), then there is Kerosene or Mineral Spirts. I want to be SAFE!! but not broke. Any suggestions??? Thanks for the help!!!

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posted January 26, 2003 01:14 PM
MY dad and i use a solvent we can get from a smaller parts store for like around $40 a 5 gallon bucket.

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted January 26, 2003 01:15 PM
Will see if we have an empty bucket so i can get the name /brand of it for you.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted January 26, 2003 02:36 PM
Try ZEP cheap no lease. 15 gal about 50 bucks

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posted January 26, 2003 02:38 PM
mineral spirits works good and it is $2 or less a gallon at lowe's or home depot.

Racer X
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posted January 26, 2003 02:49 PM
I get mine from tractor supply,I think it was around $20 to $25 for five gallons.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted January 26, 2003 04:04 PM
I use paint thinner (mineral spirits) as well. Menards sells it for under $2 a gallon. I have used regular petroleum solvent. The local Phillips 66 distributor sells it out of a gas pump at his place for about $3.50 a gallon the last time I bought some. But it's a pain because you have to bring a container, and they are somewhat picky. Gas cans won't cut it with them. I have one can that I've dedicated to solvent, but it is only 5 gal, so have to make 2 trips to fill the tub. Thats why I like the thinner better.

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Dirt Maniac

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posted January 26, 2003 04:22 PM
Mineral, doesn't smell real bad, does a fine job, and is easy on hands.

redneck bubbas racing
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posted January 29, 2003 09:05 PM
We have always used varsol. It is basiclly low grade kerosene. It is very good at cleaning parts and is cheap. I believe we pay around $2.00 a gallon for it. It also has a high flash point so its not very flammable. Unlike diesel you can tell when it gets too dirty to use.

Dirt Freak

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posted January 29, 2003 10:32 PM
I also use varsol but add two qts of dextron

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posted January 30, 2003 08:14 AM
The parts cleaning solvent we use costs us $20 a 5 gallon bucket. I found an old container when we just recently changed it so i know the price is current.

Dirt Maniac

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posted January 30, 2003 02:26 PM
I've heard of a additive you can put into your solvent & it brings it back as good as new. Don't know what its called or how much it is but it sounds real good.

Dirt Forum Racer

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posted January 30, 2003 02:48 PM
I get mine from Big R and it is $24.99 for a five gallon bucket. Better than Napa at $40.00 a bucket.

Dirt Roller

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posted January 30, 2003 09:57 PM
In my washer I fist put a trippled up trash bag in it an then tape that around the barrel so it dosent fall in. An then I put10 gallons of water in it then another ten of solvent. The solvent floats on the water an then the heaver sedement falls into the bottom in the water part of the tank. Just a thought but works for me!

Dirt Freak

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posted January 31, 2003 04:15 AM
I use diesel, not the best cleaner, but I dont want to have another fire. I'm gonna check into this varsol that Bubba mentions.

Darren Scott
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posted January 31, 2003 05:00 AM
I use a blend of 90% kerosene and 10% of a lanoline based water dispersant which is available here in australia for about half the price of wd40. The kero does the cleaning and the additive helps prevent dermatitis, as well as being a rust preventer for the parts I'm washing - and it dosent eat seals the way thinners does.


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posted February 01, 2003 10:19 PM
We use paint thinnner (mineral spirits in ours. Someone mentioned lanolin as a rust proofer in another post. One thing we found that works as a sweet rust proofer is the water based antispatter for welding. just put it in a spray bottle and squirt it on the parts. It dries a sticky pink color and is slimy like cosmelene but will rinse right off. Just something I learned working in our machine shop. Not really the place to post it but I thought I would see if anyone else has tried it.

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