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Old February 21st, 2013, 12:42 PM
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Homemade parts cleaner

What do you guys do for small scale parts cleaning? I want to be able to have a tank to soak parts, clean them etc. Small jobs that come to mind:


1. Cleaning the wheel hub parts
2. Soaking Brake calipers (I want to upgrade to stainless pistons next b-job)
3. Cleaning an occasional gun part
4. Cleaning lawn equipment parts

5. Clenaing tools when done working



I was thinking of getting a 2-3 HD buckets and putting a grate of some sort in the bottom. In the buckets I was thinking about having a detergent (like simple green), a solvent based cleaner, and rust cleaner. Can you guys provide thoughts on this and the types of chemicals you use?
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Old February 21st, 2013, 12:47 PM
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HF parts washer for the work and a couple buckets for items that you want to submerge and soak.

There are a ton of decent cleaning fluids. Google the PineSol method for soaking and degreasing.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 12:50 PM
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Not sure about actual parts washing setups, but I can comment on the effectiveness of various cleaning fluids I have used in order of decreasing effectiveness:

1. Non-chlorinated brake cleaner - works extremely well on caked grease, but a can does not last long.
2. Simple Green - works very well on caked on grease when used undiluted.
3. Acetone - works very well in removing caked on grease. I put in under Simple Green because it's not really reusable per se (it evaporates too quickly)
4. Mineral Spirits - does not work well at all in removing grease.
3. TSP - doesn't do anything to caked on grease.

I"m interested in seeing what other recommendations people have for cleaning solutions as well.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 12:53 PM
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HF parts washer for the work and a couple buckets for items that you want to submerge and soak.

There are a ton of decent cleaning fluids. Google the PineSol method for soaking and degreasing.
I like the HF set up. That looks like a good candidate for the simplegreen solution

Cool find on the PineSol.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=560117
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Old February 21st, 2013, 12:57 PM
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I have the HF one... My first one leaked, so I had to replace it, which they did without an issue.

I run diesel in mine, but have also used Simply Green.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 01:14 PM
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Castrol super clean and a wire brush on warm parts with a metal brush works great on caked on grease. Let it soak in, hit it with the brush, let it soak in again, hit it with the brush and then power spray off and it get most everything. It also eats you hands, lungs and anything aluminium if you leave it on.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 01:26 PM
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Sea Spray, made by Viking International in Fall River MA.. call them and order a gallon. Its the best degreaser I've ever used. This is a 200,000 mile cap off my 4.0L 10 minute soak no scrubbing or wiping. Its great around the house too, cleans stainless like a MoFo.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 01:27 PM
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I have a GM Goodwrench parts cleaner with flex snout and pump and light given to me by Abrooks on this forum. It has 10 gallons of simplegreen in it now but liking the pine sol idea and have always hated the simple green smell.

I'm working on building my own sand blast/glass bead cabinet, seemingly mandatory equipment when working on Defenders. Seems like all of them with a decent size are $800 + and even beat to death ones are $400+ which seams absurd for what they are. I have the frame stock and sheet metal. Just need to spend the time and make it. Going to buy the gloves and flanges and lense and frame but make the rest.
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What about making a sonic bath cleaner?
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Check with some parts stores, I have a steel basket that fits just right into a 5 gal bucket of parts cleaner. It even has hooks on the side of it so you can either fully submerge it or hang it on the side of the bucket as you work on stuff. When not in use or for soaking parts you can drop the whole basket in and put the lid on the bucket over night or what ever.
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I have the HF cleaner and have gone through 2 pumps though - each barely lasting a couple of uses. I cant' recall the cleaning solution I use but I got it from Grainger. I will have to give pine sol a try.

For rust, I have found evapo rust to work quite well.

Doug, what sandblasting gun are you using? I borrowed pedro's HF blasting cabinet and have plenty of CFM but it doesn't work with a crap.
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I borrowed pedro's HF blasting cabinet and have plenty of CFM but it doesn't work with a crap.
Three variables on the performance of a blast setup:
Air
Apparatus
Media

Air is the easiest to check, enough volume and pressure, check.

Apparatus is pretty simple as well, good fill (media drop to be pulled from), good flow (no restrictions), good focus (probably the issue most overlooked - does the nozzle focus the media flow efficiently and appropriately for the intended use?)

Media is often overlooked. Good media is matched to the task at hand, and IT WEARS OUT. So be mindful of the condition of the media.

The HF cabinet isn't much different than any other setup outside of the nozzle. Was the nozzle worn? Replaceable tips? What media?
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I use a parts cleaner from NAPA, its got a light a pump and strainer mounted on a drum. It has diesel fuel in it plus whatever brakes parts cleaner has been sprayed on parts in it. It does a good job on the cheap.
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Kitty litter bucket with a couple gallons of diesel and a plastic scrub brush. Old WaPo's to drain parts on.
Old diesel goes on the burn pile or I take it to the transfer station and the old WaPo goes in paper recycling.
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Kitty litter bucket with a couple gallons of diesel and a plastic scrub brush. Old WaPo's to drain parts on.
Old diesel goes on the burn pile or I take it to the transfer station and the old WaPo goes in paper recycling.
I assume Washington Post = Wapo's.
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All... don't forget that Simple Green is corrosive to aluminum and possibly titanium. The military has banned it as a cleaner after aircraft started getting cracks and other issues.

If you want to use it, make sure you have really cleaned it off well and don't let simple green stay in contact with aluminum for more than a few minutes.
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All... don't forget that Simple Green is corrosive to aluminum and possibly titanium. The military has banned it as a cleaner after aircraft started getting cracks and other issues.

If you want to use it, make sure you have really cleaned it off well and don't let simple green stay in contact with aluminum for more than a few minutes.
Wow. Didn't know that. I remember cleaning the beretta every day with that (after taking the boats out) while in the CG.
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Glad you found the ADV thread, really good info and a long running thread.

Not many down sides to the PineSol uses - and it makes the shop smell "pine fresh"...
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