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Old 03-02-2016, 07:33 PM
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Default Fluid for parts washer?

I just bought a parts washer, freestanding 20 gallon job. I bought it for our race shop to clean go kart parts. What is the best fluid to use for this that will be good for removing oily residue, dirt, and grease, but still gentle enough on anodized aluminum parts, bearings, and chromed parts? If it matters, the unit does not have a heater, and recirculates the fluid.

By "best" I mean what fluid will be adequate enough, best for my needs. I don't need something exotic or something I have to change every 4 days. I hope to leave something in there for a year. Cleaning maybe 8 parts the size of a baseball a week.
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Old 03-02-2016, 10:32 PM
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I use the Parts Cleaner Fluid from Tractor Supply, works very well, no film on the parts and cuts the grime.

Also a good price.

Tried Northern Tool's Cleaner and Gunk from O'reilly, like the Tractor Supply better.
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Old 03-03-2016, 03:47 AM
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There are fluids that are citrus based worth considering. Unfortunately I don't have their name(s) and on vacation.
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Aladdin DWRP 360, it is solvent based product that cleans very well and offers a rust protection as a bonus. I have a gun mfg using it in a heated ultrasonic cleaner and 5 months later no evaporation. It forces water off and out of parts.

www.gatesel.com

http://www.gatesel.com/rust-inhibitors-dwrp360.php

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Is Varsol still used?
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Old 03-03-2016, 10:37 AM
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Contact Safety Kleen - www.safety-kleen.com.

They provide the solvent for parts washers and will come out and change out the waste when you want to refresh. Saves you from disposal cost and work.

Their solutions work very well for cleaning engine and transmission parts.
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nitro is for racing and gasoline is for cleaning parts.
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I always used mineral spirits.
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I have 20 gallon as well. I put mineral spirits in it. Its cheap and leave no residue.
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Originally Posted by rusty spoke View Post
I always used mineral spirits.
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Originally Posted by rusty spoke View Post
I always used mineral spirits.
X4. Been doing it for years.
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so where do you buy large quantity's of mineral spirits, used to use unleaded fuel
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so where do you buy large quantity's of mineral spirits, used to use unleaded fuel
Chemical suppliers, your required to have haz mat shipping placards now to haul more than a drum if I remember correctly. We started just having ours delivered.

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Old 03-04-2016, 07:35 AM
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yeah, usually bulk oil suppliers carry it.

FYI, fresh mineral spirits is pretty harsh so use nitril gloves. After a few months of use it will calm down a bit. After a while, it will evaporate some but you can always top it off with gallons from the hardware store. You'll never need to completely change it out. I worked in a truck/heavy equipment shop and our parts washer would get nasty AF. We'd change it out every 2 years or so, with every day use.
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Varsol or mineral spirits. I always add a quart of ATF when it's new. Makes it a little easier on your hands.
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