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Old 10-27-14, 03:56 PM
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What are you using in your Parts Cleaner?

Just curious.....What are you using in your Parts Cleaner?
I'm using WD40, maybe somebody has input on something different. 2 one gallon cans of WD40 fills my reservoir just right. It does a good job but there is a lot of wiping down afterwords to dry the part if I don't have time to let it air dry.

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And I'm sure it smells wonderful, eau de WD40.

hot water and Dawn.
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For parts: mineral spirits ( I wear Gloves )
Everything else, dawn , warm water and a soft brush.
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I use degreaser from the Dollar Tree. Works ok, but its cheap and I can regularly clean it out and refill.
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Dawn and water.
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Old 10-27-14, 06:27 PM
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I've been using Incredible Pink after seeing a recommendation from Frank the Welder (I think) here on BF. Works really well. I cut it 50/50 or more with water.
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Zep Citrus Degreaser.
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Odorless mineral spirits.
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Parts cleaner? Man. You guys are fancy. I use an old stainless baking pan.
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
Parts cleaner? Man. You guys are fancy. I use an old stainless baking pan.
That's hi-tech, how about brake cleaner over the rollaway garbage can.
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I like to use Ed's red, it is based on an old bore cleaner that cleans and lubes. be careful with the acetone.
CONTENTS: Ed's Red Bore Cleaner

1 part Dexron II, IIe or III ATF, GM Spec. D-20265 or later.

1 part Kerosene - deodorized, K1

1 part Aliphatic Mineral Spirits, Fed. Spec. TT-T-2981F, CAS
#64741-49-9, or may substitute "Stoddard Solvent", CAS #8052-41-3, or
equivalent, (aka "Varsol")

1 part Acetone, CAS #67-64-1.

(Optional up to 1 lb. of Lanolin, Anhydrous, USP per gallon, OK to
substitute Lanolin, Modified, Topical Lubricant, from the drug store)

MIXING INSTRUCTIONS FOR "ER" BORE CLEANER:

Mix outdoors, in good ventilation. Use a clean 1 gallon metal,
chemical-resistant, heavy gage PET or PVC plastic container. NFPA
approved plastic gasoline storage containers are also OK. Do NOT use
HDPE, which is permeable, because the acetone will eventually evaporate.
The acetone in ER will also attack HDPE, causing the container to
collapse, making a heck of a mess!

Add the ATF first. Use the empty container to measure the other
components, so that it is thoroughly rinsed. If you incorporate the
lanolin into the mixture, melt this carefully in a double boiler, taking
precautions against fire. Pour the melted lanolin it into a larger
container, rinsing the lanolin container with the bore cleaner mix, and
stirring until it is all dissolved.

I recommend diverting a small quantity, up to 4 ozs. per quart of the
50-50 ATF/kerosene mix for optional use as an "ER-compatible" *** oil.
This can be done without impairing the effectiveness of the remaining
mix.
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Parts cleaner? Man. You guys are fancy. I use an old stainless baking pan.
Says the man with access to a full machine shop!
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Old 10-28-14, 08:23 AM
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I use Dawn, water and a little citrus degreaser. I've got a 2 liter ultrasonic cleaner & fill to the "maximum" line. For you who use Dawn, what's your Daen:water ratio?
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
I use Dawn, water and a little citrus degreaser. I've got a 2 liter ultrasonic cleaner & fill to the "maximum" line. For you who use Dawn, what's your Daen:water ratio?
Three squirts, about 3-4 tablespoons per fill. I may add more during each cycle.
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3 gallon bucket filled with WD-40. Smaller, metal, painters bucket that fits inside, with holes in the bottom for drainage holds the parts. They soak for about a day or so. I drain them back into the bucket and then clean with a brush, Simple Green and hot water. What's nice is I can fit an entire bikes worth of components in at one time. In 5 years I added one gallon of WD-40 to top it off.

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Couple of WD40 fans and some mineral spirit fans, BUT a lot of people using dawn. My only problem is, here in Wisconsin I can not use anything water based for about 3 months of the year. My garage is only heated when I'm working out there. Zep looked cool until I saw the price .
I may look into the Odorless Mineral Spirits because...To quote odjob2 "eau de WD40" is not that appealing in a closed garage in the winter (yes there is ventilation but not like the rest of the year).
Awesome input BTW thanks.
Maybe some other people have ideas?
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Vaporust for everything. Any parts that are just dirty are taken out sooner than rusted parts and are cleaned with a brush and soapy water.

Parts with rust are soaked in evaporust for 2-10 hours depending on condition.
Frames are wrapped in paper towel soaked evaporust for 4ish hours.
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I've got a relatively cheap parts cleaner from Fleet Farm and use water based degreasers like Simple Green but they have done a rust number on my cleaner. I went that route because I was concerned about breathing the vapors from volitile solvents. If the grease is old and really gummy or hard I use mineral spirits in a small container.

FB - I have the same issue in the winter as you and I just drain the cleaner fluid into a jug until spring and go the mineral spirit route on the small amount of work I may do in the garage when it is really cold.
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
Parts cleaner? Man. You guys are fancy. I use an old stainless baking pan.
The least fancy way would be to not bother cleaning.
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Simple Green HD diluted with water and heated to 110 degrees. I have a 20 gallon heated aqueous parts washer. The Simple Green HD (actually purple) is safe for aluminum and fairly cheap at Home Depot. It works pretty well at room temperature but when heated it works fantastic. It is biodegradable and non-volatile. I do have to keep it from freezing though.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
The least fancy way would be to not bother cleaning.
a pile of elbow grease !!!!! then a biscuit and a cup of tea ! ha
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I get wonderful results from 'LPS - Presolve Orange degreaser' .bit xpensive but work wonders , been using it for years and swear by it !
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I will continue to use straight kerosene, especially now that I can buy it in bulk from the gas station just around the corner.
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Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
Simple Green HD diluted with water and heated to 110 degrees. I have a 20 gallon heated aqueous parts washer. The Simple Green HD (actually purple) is safe for aluminum and fairly cheap at Home Depot. It works pretty well at room temperature but when heated it works fantastic. It is biodegradable and non-volatile. I do have to keep it from freezing though.
never heard of it, but I'll look for it now. I use the regular green simple green on tough stuff and low end parts, but dawn and water on the more valued components. I'd like something with more power though that won't remove anodizing. Actually I have had dawn and water remove the old clean ano on shimano derailleurs from the early 1990s, don't know why that is.
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