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I bought a floor standing parts washer from MachineMart yesterday, and the fluid that they sell for it is absolute rubbish. I tried to clean a Rover camshaft housing in it and nothing happened - even after leaving it to soak overnight.

Does anyone else have a parts washer, and what fluid do you use?

Les.

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For the "Full Itchy" hands use the HFH "Special" Formula :lol:

http://forums.lr4x4.com/index.php?s=&s...st&p=223441

For the saner amongst you Kerosene is prob best - stinks at 1st but that does go

Then of course you can add "Things" to it :lol:

Nige

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Les,

I bought some 5l tins of jizer and it works well - the same cant be said about the pump on my machinemart parts washer though!

Jerry

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If you can get hold of the stuff "safety cleen" is the best stuff. Will digest the toughest of dirt. Gizers ok but not so effective. Failing that on a budget parafin,diesel or as already stated kerosene. Diesel is really effective used to wash out the insides of locomotive engines & does pretty good job.

Adrian

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I bought a floor standing parts washer from MachineMart yesterday, and the fluid that they sell for it is absolute rubbish. I tried to clean a Rover camshaft housing in it and nothing happened - even after leaving it to soak overnight.

Does anyone else have a parts washer, and what fluid do you use?

Les.

Les,

I also have the MachineMart parts washer and agree their cleaning fluid is rubbish. If you find a suitable alternative and its available to buy in bulk then let me know and i will join you in a buying club.

Nigel

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At work we use Astromat orange, its very good at removing almost anything, and it smells of orange, you'd almost feel like drinking it!! wouldnt know where to buy it tho! I just borrow some when I need it :ph34r:

I should think thinner and other solvents will work fine, I just cleaned a whole tdi with thinner and it takes all the grime away!

Other solvents like acetone, MEK, isopropanol etc are all good degreasers but a bit toxic (well not exactely a bit, I'd say extremely!)

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Safetycleans loyal workers are more than ready to accept beer tokens! :rolleyes: Just ask your local garage when they are calling in to service the parts washer and be there to see them.

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The problem I have with the machine mart stuff is, mine will not get used for a month or two at a time and it went mouldy.

So if were buying as a group count me in..

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Substances such as Petrol, cellulose thinners, acetone, brake cleaner, etc are no good - they will wreck the pump in no time. There's also the consideration that I need a minimum of 20-litres in the tank, so expensive stuff will be expensive!

Parrafin/diesel mix might be a good idea.

Les.

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I bought specific stuff from Lucas (or is it now LSUK). It comes in 25litre cans and is very effective. I'd be wary about having petrol in a parts washer, not sure, especially with electrics close to it.

I've got a Safety Alert from Conoco where the cooling fluid from a hacksaw grew bugs which were a bit harmful. If the machine mart stuff goes mouldy, it maybe has the safe kind of issues.. I'll see if I can find it. May not be relevant but better safe than sorry. ;)

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I just use parrafin.

Its cheap, doesnt smell too bad and is kinder to your hands than some things. Hasnt killed the pump in mine and I've had it about 3 years now.

I find that and a plastic "washing up" type brush for scrubbing works a treat.

Jon

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Having turned my first tub of cleaner into "Hydrocarbon Soup with added lumps", I now scrape as much off as I can before chucking them in. <_<

I also have a selection of accessories which live in the tub including an old collander, little wire brushes a couple of paint brushes and some nuts that run up and down threads.

I always wear gloves as well although the latex ones go "huge" in a couple of minutes :lol:

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Any good Auto spares place will sell it in 25litre containers for about £30+vat

The best way though (If you do this for a living or a serious enthusiast) is get a company such as 'Clean Machine' they come round every 3 months or sooner if required. Wash out your tank and replace the fluid and deal with the waste for about £45 inc vat.

They will offer you a choice of cleaning fluids.

Most of these companies rent out the machines as well.

Jim

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The problem I have with the machine mart stuff is, mine will not get used for a month or two at a time and it went mouldy.

So if were buying as a group count me in..

I'm glad it's not just me - just opened mine up to find it full of white fur!

I'm not impressed with the machine mart stuff either, it's not brilliant at cleaning parts but it does a fantastic job at cleaning your hands after a few hours under the land rover.

Would diesel be ok for the pump then? I've got 5 gallons of contaminated diesel out of another car (when I drained the tank) I might give that a go but will it kill the pump? and will it be any good on it's own as a cleaner?

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Would diesel be ok for the pump then? I've got 5 gallons of contaminated diesel out of another car (when I drained the tank) I might give that a go but will it kill the pump? and will it be any good on it's own as a cleaner?

Having just bought a cheap parts-washer (ebay, less than £40 :) ) I was thinking exactly the same - or perhaps a mix of diesel and jizer/gunk?

Having read the thread above there wasn't a definitive 'mix' agreed on. I am keen to avoid full-on solvents and equally don't like the idea of solely water-based stuff... Has anybody got a mix that they recommend?

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I've now settled on paraffin and jizer mix. It seems to get everything off except heavy staining and alloy corrosion.

Les.

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Folks - please don't even consider trying white spirit - I used to use it as a cutting lubricant when I did cylinder head porting. Without realising it, I was breathing it in... After a while I started getting mystery headaches - they got worse and worse until I had to have a series of tests including a brain scan. Things got to the point where I was getting lost going home (I don't drink, so it wasn't that...). In the end, I got a different job and stopped working on heads. Over time, the pains in my head went away, and I forgot all about them - until many years later when I did some more porting. Within minutes of breathing in the white spirit, the pains came back - so as you can imagine, I've stayed well clear of white spirit ever since...

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That's unfortunate Paddy, as White Spirit is what everyone uses here, unless that name means another solvent in the UK.

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That's unfortunate Paddy, as White Spirit is what everyone uses here, unless that name means another solvent in the UK.

I don't know whether it's the same as the stuff you use over there, but here's a load of info about it - toxicity is discussed at the bottom of the page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_spirit

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