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72convertible
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Posts: 122
From: Ft. Myers , Florida
Registered: May 2004

posted 05-27-2004 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 72convertible        Reply w/Quote
I bought a parts washer from Advance Auto Parts for $89.00. Its a 20 Gal capacity unit and looks fine for the money. I am using the unit in my garage which isnt a huge workshop but rather a 2 car garage with 2 cars in it . My question is, they sell a low odor parts washer solvent (probably some type of mineral spirits) for $32.00 for 5 gal so I figure I will need 2 at least. Is there anything else I can use in the washer that would work just as well but might not be as expensive or flamable? With a wife and kids I dont want the house going up in flames!!! The unit does have a fuseable link top but I sure wouldnt want a fire starting in that thing. Thanks in advance.

Ryan Wilke
Gearhead

Posts: 3237
From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 05-30-2004 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 72convertible:
....My question is, they sell a low odor parts washer solvent (probably some type of mineral spirits) for $32.00 for 5 gal so I figure I will need 2 at least. Is there anything else I can use in the washer that would work just as well but might not be as expensive or flamable?

Michael,

You might want to checkout this thread:

https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/000250.html

Personnally, I'd just dump in 5 gallons of diesel fuel and start using it!!

As stated in the thread above, ensure you've got a decent inline filter (before the pump) and if you keep the lid closed when not in use, the vapors shouldn't be a factor.

JMHO, Ryan

sewimustangs
Journeyman

Posts: 3
From: Waukesha, WI USA
Registered: Jun 2004

posted 06-04-2004 03:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sewimustangs        Reply w/Quote
Hi Guys!.
I have the old 35 gallon drum parts washer in my shop. I use the brush attachment, and even with that, you will get some splatter against the wall. My walls are concrete block, but I might suggest using plastic on your walls. I should probably do that anyway...

I agree with the extra filer on the pump...I've been through a couple of pumps, and they die at the most inconvenient time. I also use a "dust buster" type filter in the drain. Actually, it's filters I have left over from a previous cleaner, trimmed to fit inside the drain. You'd be amazed how much crap it catches.

For solvent, I'm currently using Castrol Super Clean. I've used the concentrate solvent, but it seems to evaporate pretty quickly, even with the lid closed. Personally, I can't stand diesel or kerosene smell. Filling it with mineral spirits seems like it would be expensive.

Just my $.02....Mikey

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67stang
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Posts: 2687
From: Panama City, FL
Registered: Jun 99

posted 07-03-2004 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67stang        Reply w/Quote
I've got diesal in mine. It was the cheapest way to fill the 80 gallon unit up...

68 S-code GT
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Posts: 3835
From: Sayreville, NJ, US
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 07-14-2004 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
I was just going to ask this question and I saw this post. Anyone else using the environmentally friendly stuff other than BlueMule?

72convertible
Gearhead

Posts: 122
From: Ft. Myers , Florida
Registered: May 2004

posted 07-14-2004 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 72convertible        Reply w/Quote
I ended up getting 2 - 5gal drums of parts washer from Advance Auto Parts. Its basically mineral spirits with rust inhibitor, some coloring and maybe some other stuff to keep the odor down. To be honest, I am very happy with the stuff. It works great and after about 24 hours the fumes dye down to very low levels. With my lid down ot the parts washer you really cant smell anything. They cost me $32 each. Not cheap but it was only a little more than straight mineral spirits and it has the other additives.

jsracingbbf
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posted 07-14-2004 08:07 PM              Reply w/Quote
Your local dry cleaners has the best solvent you can get. Ask them they may sell you some.

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clipper25usa
Journeyman

Posts: 43
From: Lake Stevens, Washington
Registered: Apr 2004

posted 09-15-2004 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for clipper25usa        Reply w/Quote
Don't use anything flamable. My neghbor just about lost six cars and a plane in his garage because he didn't use the parts solvent. He was lucky in the sence that the fire department was doing exercises 1/4 mile away. We live out in the country.

pmhvps
Gearhead

Posts: 734
From: Burlington,ON,Canada ,in the heart of the Golden Horseshoe.
Registered: Oct 2003

posted 09-15-2004 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pmhvps        Reply w/Quote
We have some environment friendly non flammable solvent up here. It works very good, not as good as the petroleum base product's but hey. Got to find something to use after we run out of oil.
Mike.

pmhvps
Gearhead

Posts: 734
From: Burlington,ON,Canada ,in the heart of the Golden Horseshoe.
Registered: Oct 2003

posted 09-15-2004 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pmhvps        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by clipper25usa:
Don't use anything flamable. My neghbor just about lost six cars and a plane in his garage because he didn't use the parts solvent. He was lucky in the sence that the fire department was doing exercises 1/4 mile away. We live out in the country.


Thats why I use my stuff. Have wood stove and 220 V heating in the rainy season.
Mike.

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