Parts Washer Safety - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Garage - Tools
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-15-2010, 04:18 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: CT
Posts: 106
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Parts Washer Safety

I just got through cleaning out my parts washer (metal) and need to refill it with cleaning fluid. I can't use a water base because it would rust the tub. Is kerosene safe or is it dangerous with the electric motor powering the pump. I don't think there is ever a spark, but, the shop is in the basement under the house so I don't want to take any chances. How about half kero and half fuel oil? The parts washer says fuel oil is okay but I just don't know about kero.

Thanks in advance for any info or opinions.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-15-2010, 04:36 PM's Avatar
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Holly, michigan
Posts: 8,990
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 88
Thanked 541 Times in 470 Posts
Since the mid sixties I have used mineral spirits in parts washers. No problems. Wear gloves. The spirits dry out your skin.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2010, 06:51 AM
Registered User
Last photo:
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: WI
Posts: 131
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
i also recommend mineral spirits, go for the low odor kind.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-18-2010, 01:56 PM
Jim Rockford's Avatar
World Famous VF-14

Last journal entry: Cleaned it up...
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Temple,Tx
Age: 45
Posts: 439
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 13
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
most parts washers have the magnetic drive pump, No sparks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-18-2010, 05:11 PM
Registered User
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Langley, BC
Age: 52
Posts: 83
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Proper parts washer or ?

If the pump is a properly rated submersible parts cleaner pump then I don't think there is much to worry about. The washer should have a steel lid with a low melting point link in the support mechanism. If there is a fire you would close the lid to extinguish, and if you are not there the link melts and the lid should close closes by itself.

I use mineral spirits with a layer of water on the bottom, the evil bits in the solvent settle and are trapped in the water, it keeps your solvent cleaner longer. I like my parts to dry without an oily film so for me kerosene and the like is out.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Garage - Tools posts with photos

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wiring Neutral Safety Switch / EZ-Wire Kit horvath Electrical 15 01-20-2008 12:35 PM
What Is It With Me And Parts.... BigBlockBabe Off-Topic 5 09-11-2007 11:14 AM
Sanding the *%^$&# primer all off the fiberglass parts Ripped Body - Exterior 7 09-01-2007 07:56 PM
Parts cleaner BMM Hotrodding Basics 13 10-19-2006 08:39 PM
Tips on chromed parts ckucia Body - Exterior 10 02-04-2005 11:02 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:26 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.