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Old 02-18-2012, 06:32 AM
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hey guys, just wondering what you use in your parts cleaners? I just got mine back and would like to set it up. I did have the additive and kerosene mix but there must be something safer now. Mine is a stand up model whith a pump. I think I'm in the right forum???? Thanks.

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I've got kerosene in mine right now, but it's pretty much at the end of it's life. I'll prolly reload with Purple Power which is water-based. I just hate that it's so caustic, my hands were never bothered by the kero, but the PP wreaks havoc on my skin and I don't like rubber gloves...

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I don't know if you can use it with your cleaner but "Super Clean" is the best darn cleaner I have found.

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For the past 40+ years I have used a mixture of 5 gal cleaning grade mineral spirits with 1 qt of ATF added. The atf keeps the spirits from killing your hands.
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For the past 40+ years I have used a mixture of 5 gal cleaning grade mineral spirits with 1 qt of ATF added. The atf keeps the spirits from killing your hands.
Believe it or not, rubber gloves will too
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My experience, rubber gloves tend to swell, and deteriorate in mineral spirits. I have a thick pair of Nitrile long cuff gloves, stuck on the side of my parts washer with a magnet, salvaged out of a starter motor.

If at all possible, I try to pressure wash the whole assembly before I start to work on it. Pressure wash the whole engine bay before I even start to remove the engine. Once the engine is removed, and on a stand, haul it outside again, and pressure wash it again. you can use oven cleaner on cast iron parts, while the engine is on the stand, keep it off aluminium.

Believe it or not, but Dawn (dish washing detergent) and water makes a pretty good cleaner. After cleaning with the pressure washer, or the Dawn and water, most of the water soluble dirt is gone. Now, I use mineral spirits, wearing nitrile gloves. body parts get a Dawn and water wash again, engine parts get a rinse in clean mineral spirits again.

I also have a siphon spray nozzle that I hook up to a low pressure air hose. It works really good with mineral spirits to also clean parts, especially on the final rinse.
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"Rubber" gloves was a generic statement.

You are correct, The type of material you are using determines the actual material the gloves are made out of.
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I'm using 10 gals of undiluted Purple Power in my HF washer. Works really well and I clean some really greasy parts. Also, rubber gloves are a must! $25 for 5 gals at Autozone.
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just picked up a hf parts washer, needs a new pump. I am thinking about doing the remote filter and caster mods but I need to know whats the best (preferably water based)cleaning solution you guys have found for these.
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I use purple power (generic super clean) in mine
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