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What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: RKF ()
Date: January 10, 2018 05:47PM

I am about to purchase a 20 - gallon parts washer. I will not be using the washer every day, but will be using it a few times a month.

I am researching the best solvent to purchase for the washer. What do you all use for general automobile parts cleaning?

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 10, 2018 05:56PM

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: January 10, 2018 05:56PM

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: January 10, 2018 06:35PM

Mineral Spirits. Return to a closed container between uses.

'64 Monza Coupe 140 4 speed
'61 700 Lakewood 95 4 speed
'69 Monza Convert. 140 Auto.

Been aircooled since 1973
Northwest Ohio

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: SoloCP ()
Date: January 10, 2018 06:40PM

If you can find a Zep dealer they have parts washer cleaner. I been using this for over 20 years.

Don
Kansas City
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Broken Halo Corvair Garage.
61 Lakewood
62 Monza aka (Flicka)
62 Rampside
63 700 Sedan 3 Speed
64 Spyder Coupe (Bill Pierson Car)
64 Monza Convertible,140/4 Speed,Electric Heat,Kelsey Hayes Wheels
64 Spyder Blown, (Dave Bolduc Car)
65 Corsa 3.1 Liter Triple Weber (aka Unsafe)
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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: January 10, 2018 08:29PM

Wagon Master Wrote:
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> Mineral Spirits. Return to a closed container
> between uses.



Not exactly practical with a 20 ( TWENTY ! ) gallon parts washer.

.Found this on the net, . . . .
White spirit
White spirit or mineral spirits, also known as mineral turpentine, turpentine substitute, petroleum spirits, solvent naphtha, Varsol, Stoddard solvent, or, generically, "paint thinner", is a petroleum-derived clear liquid used as a common organic solvent in painting.

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Okay, so on a recent trip down to P-town, I was able to retrieve my parts washer from my brothers place.
It is a 20 gallon unit also.
So this thread and the others are of interest to me.
BUT, I am not finding any kind of consensus on this topic.
It is worse than asking about EFI vs CARBS, or which is the best oil to use!
Since I have a metal tank, the idea of a water-based product does not appeal to me.
I just have visions of the bottom rusting out on it.
Besides, I have NEVER found any of those Purple or Green cleaners to be very effective at getting grease off.

Looks like off-road diesel is the only affordable cleaner out there when purchasing 20 gallons!

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: 2ragtops ()
Date: January 10, 2018 08:33PM

Get the ZEP stuff from Tractor supply.

It's cheap, non-flammable but you will need to wear gloves.
Let it soak for a short spell, and then brush it off.

Bob Bauer

Show-Me Corvairs

1966 Monza Convert 140 P/G with A/C, plastic wheel with tele-column am-fm posi-traction
1966 Corsa Convert 180 wood wheel tele-column am-fm sport steering posi-traction
1965 Corsa Coupe Crown V8 mounted mid-body temporarily red lined for repair
House Springs, Missouri

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: January 10, 2018 08:46PM

2ragtops Wrote:
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> Get the ZEP stuff from Tractor supply.
>
> It's cheap, non-flammable but you will need to
> wear gloves.
> Let it soak for a short spell, and then brush it
> off.


Okaaaaaaaaaaay.
I went to the Tractor Supply website.
They have at least 4(FOUR) different "Cleaner/Degreaser" products by Zep.
Could you please be a little more specific?

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: SLlNKY ()
Date: January 11, 2018 02:50AM

i use purple magic

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: OttawaCorvairGuy ()
Date: January 11, 2018 05:38AM

Wagon Master Wrote:
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> Mineral Spirits. Return to a closed container
> between uses.


I like the idea..
More info please on how you went about making and using a closed container for your parts washer.

A couple of years ago. When on sale. I purchased a new parts washer (for bigger parts) and two 20 liter pals of cleaning solvent for when I build my new garage.

Back in 2010 I purchased gals of carb cleaner for my agitating carb cleaner and I store the carb cleaning fluid in there when not in use.
However, it is old and does not seal completely. I went to use it last summer and now I have air.. LOL

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: idiyaught ()
Date: January 11, 2018 06:03AM

I bought 20 gal of mineral spirits for mine and had lots of left over.
The total capacity is 20 gal, it uses about 4-5 gal solvent.

John Oostdyk
Thornhill, Ont
63 Rampy
65 Greenbrier
63 Coup
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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: January 11, 2018 06:07AM

I use mineral spirits in an old parts washer that has to be at least 30-years old. Garage sale find.

It sits outside away from the building and I keep about 15-20 gallons of solution in a drum underneath. When I'm done with washing for the day, I turn a valve and the mix all drains back into the drum. When it's time to wash again, I pump the cleaner back up into the parts washer. The drum underneath is good for settling out the fine grime. I use a piece of old carpet in the parts washer work tray to catch the bigger grit and grime. It kind of filters the solvent before it goes back to the drum. The carpet also is more forgiving when it comes to scratching up your parts and certainly quieter and splashes less while cleaning.


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 110 Convertible
65 Monza 4DR 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T w/5-speed




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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: January 11, 2018 06:32AM

OttawaCorvairGuy Wrote:
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> Wagon Master Wrote:
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> Mineral Spirits. Return to a closed container
> between uses.
> I like the idea..
> More info please on how you went about making and
> using a closed container for your parts washer.


My parts cleaner is an oversized, extra deep metal sink with a separate 8 gal solvent/pump reservoir. I bought 5 gallons of mineral spirits.
Similar filter system as azdave is using. Keeps solvent MUCH cleaner between changes. After I'm done cleaning I let solvent drain from filters and carpet back into sump. I put metal 5 gallon container I bought solvent in back into the sink. Place the flexible discharge spigot into the can and run pump until the pump sucks air. I get about 4.75 gallons back. If left set unused for a couple months about half of that quart in the sump will evaporate. Seal up container air tight and leave in sink. In the event you should ever develop a pin hole or leak in your solvent container.....so what? It's in it's own containment area.
Ready to clean......dump solvent into sink, wait for it to fill sump and GO.

American Mel Wrote:
Not exactly practical with a 20 ( TWENTY ! ) gallon parts washer.
Maybe so but why do you have to fill the 20 gallon washer all the way up? Lower the pump pickup. Besides, question was, " What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?"


'64 Monza Coupe 140 4 speed
'61 700 Lakewood 95 4 speed
'69 Monza Convert. 140 Auto.

Been aircooled since 1973
Northwest Ohio

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: WBrownIV ()
Date: January 11, 2018 06:41AM

I'll throw out Crown PSC 1000 available at Tractor Supply

Bill Brown
Arnold, Mo. (Just south of St. Louis)

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: jetcat ()
Date: January 11, 2018 07:01AM

I have two washers. One I use with Super Clean for the nasty stuff. Very caustic stuff. Not good for aluminum parts except for a quick dip. Second one uses Graymills Super Agitene. Really great solvent that works on everything. Expensive! That's why I use two tanks. Lasts a long time if you get the really nasty stuff off initially with the cheaper Super Clean. Sometimes Zoro has both on sale for a good price.

I'm in California so very restricted on what solvent I can use. The CA overlords even restricts the toilet paper I buy 😉

Bob
Paso Robles, CA

Central Coast Corsa
1966 Turbo Corsa convertible
1966 Corsa 140 coupe

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: January 11, 2018 04:41PM

I just received the vintage service manual for my "Mantique" Piggy Bank!
It states over and over to use gasoline for cleaning parts and components!!!!
Oh yes... back in the day!eye popping smiley

hot smiley I wouldn't recommend that today!hot smiley

Corventure Dave

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: alpinemetal ()
Date: January 12, 2018 06:27AM

I picked up an old commercial parts washer from an auto repair shop in Ramona CA. for 50 bucks and that tag said to use kerosene. I also have an old Harbor freight unit and found the detergent that came with caused problems with the tank and pump so that unit has diesel in it and I use that to get the nasty stuff off first.

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: RKF ()
Date: January 12, 2018 04:29PM

Has anyone used Varsol? My local machine shop recommends it.

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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: January 12, 2018 05:47PM

RKF Wrote:
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> Has anyone used Varsol? My local machine shop
> recommends it.

I thought Varsol was just one companie's brand name for mineral spirits. Time for Google.


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 455 Toro V8
65 Monza 110 Convertible
65 Monza 4DR 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T w/5-speed




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Re: What Solvent Do You Use in Your Parts Cleaner?
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: January 12, 2018 06:09PM

azdave Wrote:
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> RKF Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Has anyone used Varsol? My local machine shop
> > recommends it.
>
> I thought Varsol was just one companie's brand
> name for mineral spirits.
Time for Google.


Yes, time for google!
Oh wait somebody above already did!
Oh, that was me!

quoting the interweb quote,
"White spirit
White spirit or mineral spirits, also known as mineral turpentine, turpentine substitute, petroleum spirits, solvent naphtha, Varsol, Stoddard solvent, or, generically, "paint thinner", is a petroleum-derived clear liquid used as a common organic solvent in painting."
grinning smiley

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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