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Old 01-05-2006, 08:06 PM
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What solvent are ya'll using in your parts washers? I just bought a HF parts washer and I can't decide whether to go with kerosene or some water based caustic concentrate...

Russ

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good old mineral spirits.
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varsel is my posion
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good old mineral spirits.

12 1/2 gallons in mine...


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Mineral spirits... is that like turpentine? I've heard of Varsol, but where to buy it??? I think I'll just go to Sherwin Williams and get a 5 gallon pail of naptha.

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eddin welcher sell them just brings 5 gallon jugs to get cheaper price.

or they wil charge you for the buckets too
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Whatever you use, make sure it has a high flash point and is low in vapors
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Mineral spirits... is that like turpentine? I've heard of Varsol, but where to buy it??? I think I'll just go to Sherwin Williams and get a 5 gallon pail of naptha.

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I bought mine at a local parts/paint store. I paid around $30-35 for a 5 gallon bucket. A nearby Car-quest or NAPA should have it.


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Hello

Look in the yellow pages under "industrial chemicals" or something like that, you will come across a place that dispenses assorted solvents in bulk quantities, you bring a suitable container ie.: drum, jerry can, etc. Make sure you ask what diameter nozzle they have to make sure it will physically fit in your container, as they usually fill 55+ gallon tanks of industrial consumers. If you live in an area where nearly everything is illegal, be sure to use a container that is approved for fuel. Also, remember that acetone makes a good fuel additive: 2-3 oz. per 10 gal. gasoline, 1-2 oz. per 10 gal. diesel. Search the internet.

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Old 01-10-2006, 06:39 PM
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I got a 5 gallon jug of mineral spirits for $29.00 from Sherwin-Williams, thanks to all who replied!

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Hey Russ, how big of a parts washer did you get. They have a 20 gallon here for sale at $70. Does it actually hold 20 fluid gallons, I don't know but $120 for solvent might be a hassle to sneak by the wife.

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Russ, better check your manual. I'm pretty sure those HF parts washers
have warnings on them not to use mineral spirits. I think their pumps
can't handle it.
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I have a HF parts cleaner. Used Mineral spirits for the last 6 years. Works like a champ.
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I think mine is a 20 gallon model, but I haven't filled it yet. Don't know if the capacity is considered a comfortable level or "to the top". If the pump burns up (and I expect it to last all of 5 minutes) I'll just use the basin as a reservoir and do what I've done all my life - scrub by hand!

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That's what I do, I don't use the pump.
My HF washer had in big bold type "do not use mineral spirits"
May have just been a safety issue to cover their a##.
I may try using the pump and see, but I really don't miss it.
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