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Jfile
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Parts Cleaner to clean metal?

Postby Jfile » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:05 pm

Has anyone tried using automotive parts cleaner to soak and clean pieces to prep for painting? It just dawned on me the other day that I have one of the parts washers that you buy at Northern or Harbor Freight and I have never used it. It still has a few gallons of the parts cleaner solvent in it that I put in when my wife bought it for me for a birthday or some occasion.

I don't know whether to try using it to clean pieces prior to painting or just get rid of the solvent and replace it with a 50 - 50 vinegar mix. I like the idea of getting use out of the parts washer. One, I already have it and two, it circulates whatever liquid you have in it with a small pump. I would think that should help with the cleaning process. I suppose the only downside will be the size. I probably will not be able to fit a piece much over 18" by 24" in it. That will cover a large portion of my work for the time being.

If I don't use the original solvent, I will have to figure out how to dispose of it. It's been a couple of years since I got it so I can't remember if it's a water based solvent or not. Based on the odor, I doubt that it is water based. I'm sure it's flammable which is another reason that I'm leaning toward getting it out of my shop and using the vinegar mix.

Thoughts?

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Re: Parts Cleaner to clean metal?

Postby szextreme » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:33 pm

Problem I see there is its a recirculating pump which will just keep putting debris back on to the part.
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Re: Parts Cleaner to clean metal?

Postby Jfile » Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:27 pm

Makes sense. I guess I was just thinking if it would clean the oils, etc... off of the piece and then I would have to rinse it good afterwards. When soaking a piece in a tub of whatever solution is used, even though there is no circulating pump, the piece is in the solution with whatever debris is broken loose from the piece.

For everyone - Do most of you use the 50 - 50 vinegar mix for cleaning? So far I've just been hand wiping each piece down with mineral spirits but that gets time consuming with the more intricate designs.
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