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Old 12-15-2012, 06:14 PM
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Non-flammable/explosive engine parts cleaner

I am looking for a solution to clean parts that does not give off flammable/explosive fumes. I am currently living in an apartment that has a basement where I can assemble heads and such. Only problem is the gas furnace is also in the same area and don't want to have any mishaps with fumes. I normally would use the parts cleaner I have at my parents but that is not an option since I now live over an hour away and want to be able to assemble heads etc without having to drive all the way back there. Any suggestions?

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Old 12-15-2012, 06:29 PM
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I am looking for a solution to clean parts that does not give off flammable/explosive fumes. I am currently living in an apartment that has a basement where I can assemble heads and such. Only problem is the gas furnace is also in the same area and don't want to have any mishaps with fumes. I normally would use the parts cleaner I have at my parents but that is not an option since I now live over an hour away and want to be able to assemble heads etc without having to drive all the way back there. Any suggestions?
I used to work with a guy that swore by zep in big blue and yellow barrels. But i am not sure if its dangerous or not i would say yes. Since your working in other peoples work area better skip the engine assembly in the common area. If the people smell gas they will call the fire department and they will evac the building. Or any other smell they cant identify. Either way some one will be a first class jerk and screw things up for you best to keep the roof over your head and deliver pizzas for extra machine shop money for assembly and hot tank. If you get free pizzas give them to the machine shop guys. Sometimes its best not to save a buck.

And if you do blow up the boiler it will be your last cheap rental.

Maybe they will let you buy a shed and keep it locked up in the corner of the parking lot if parking is not an issue.
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HOT Super Clean or Purple Power will get most engine parts clean. Same with Simple Green full strength. I use the Super Clean/water in a stainless drum at home. Heated with a simple 110 volt electric hot water element mounted in the bottom.

Works great for carburetors, heads, intakes, etc.
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I think that every cleaning product is going to have a smell to it.......Going to piss off the neighbors Hell, my wife complains about the smells from our adjoined garage to our house. I think people in an apartment building are going to have a LOT to say about it, with good reason
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The smell shouldn't migrate to the neighbors buildings. I live in a townhouse so I have an outside door and don't share anything with the neighbors so I'm sure the smell shouldn't bother the neighbors. If worse comes to worse I will get a sealed container and clean the parts on the back patio with the solvent and then go inside and rinse it off and oil everything up. any other suggestions besides the purple power, super clean, and green stuff. Im pretty sure all of those are available at the local auto parts store which is good.
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Been seeing a lotta good write-ups lately about using PINE-SOL full strength
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The smell shouldn't migrate to the neighbors buildings. I live in a townhouse so I have an outside door and don't share anything with the neighbors so I'm sure the smell shouldn't bother the neighbors. If worse comes to worse I will get a sealed container and clean the parts on the back patio with the solvent and then go inside and rinse it off and oil everything up. any other suggestions besides the purple power, super clean, and green stuff. Im pretty sure all of those are available at the local auto parts store which is good.
I'd do it on your patio.. not indoors,, even if they can't smell it..
if you cause a fire your townhouse (condo)
will take others with it.. not worth the chance , imho
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I've found that my "Cajun cooker", water, and dishwasher detergent works very well. And smells good too. Just set yer parts "stew" boiling, and go do something else, like hone cylinders, or something.
Also, a good used dishwasher works just as well, if not better. Just put yer parts in and turn it on.
(Don't use the one in yer kitchen, yer Ol' Lady will get mad) Won't damage any soft metal parts, and get's 'em nice and clean.
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Been seeing a lotta good write-ups lately about using PINE-SOL full strength
Holy sheet that stuff stinks to high heaven you whole apartment would be smelling like a restroom. I think Safety Kleen is non-flammable but I am not sure of the odor.

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I've found that my "Cajun cooker", water, and dishwasher detergent works very well. And smells good too. Just set yer parts "stew" boiling, and go do something else, like hone cylinders, or something.
Also, a good used dishwasher works just as well, if not better. Just put yer parts in and turn it on.
(Don't use the one in yer kitchen, yer Ol' Lady will get mad) Won't damage any soft metal parts, and get's 'em nice and clean.
Actually this is not too bad of an idea. I have used a heated solution of anti freeze to removed burnt and dried up castor oil residue from model aircraft engines. Usually an overnight soak will render the engine looking like new.

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How about something like this:

Green 1-Gal. Odorless Mineral Spirits-GKGO75000 at The Home Depot

Edit: I zoomed on the label and it says: not a flammble liquid*.
There's always a "but"...
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I've found that my "Cajun cooker", water, and dishwasher detergent works very well. And smells good too. Just set yer parts "stew" boiling, and go do something else, like hone cylinders, or something.
Also, a good used dishwasher works just as well, if not better. Just put yer parts in and turn it on.
(Don't use the one in yer kitchen, yer Ol' Lady will get mad) Won't damage any soft metal parts, and get's 'em nice and clean.
That sounds like a Cajun recipe...
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HOT Super Clean or Purple Power will get most engine parts clean. Same with Simple Green full strength. I use the Super Clean/water in a stainless drum at home. Heated with a simple 110 volt electric hot water element mounted in the bottom.

Works great for carburetors, heads, intakes, etc.
I never thought about heating it but that Super Clean is some GREAT stuff.

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/supe...-lastpost.html

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I never thought about heating it but that Super Clean is some GREAT stuff.

Super clean degreaser review - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board

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Wear a vapour mask with this stuff. It'll fry your lungs.

And use gloves too. It eats skin also.
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heated sodium hydroxide, (super clean or purple power or others) =Same principle as oven cleaner ( sodium hydroxide).

Just be careful, the hotter the solution is the more reactive it is.
Eye protection would be very wise.
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