- The finest Degreaser on earth?
- The Flying OxMember
RIP Trichloroethylene. 🙂
But now there’s new and improved Tetrachloroethylene.
Although my current shift anything failsafe is a 3-stage process.
1 – rinse thoroughly with xylene
2 – rinse the xylene off with methanol
3 – rinse the methanol off with acetone
Yes, I spend a lot of my time out of my tiny little mind. Why do you ask?Posted 4 years agoJoeGSubscriber
I used to do some environmental consulting work at a chemical plant that made plastic resins. The resin would get on equipment, and d-Limonene would cut through it like a hot knife through butter. Solvents wouldn’t budge the stuff.
I still have a gallon glass jug of it in the basement! 😀Posted 4 years agojonbaMember
Sadly I had an email yesterday that even humble xylene is going to be reclassified to carcinogenic over the next few years so we’ll be losing that one.
Might help the guy if ypu pick things that don’t require having a supply through industry? Also something that isn’t likely to cut his life expectancy;-) I always used to like citrus oven cleaners before I had access to solvents.Posted 4 years ago
Mek or mibk are probably best in terms of safety/degreasing properties.wobbliscottMember
Is ‘The best’ degreaser available really needed? Recently I’ve just used a can of brake and clutch cleaner. It just works and is easy and cheap to get hold of.
MEK is pretty nasty stuff. When I was working at BAe they were dealing with constant claims from retired fitters against various serious health issues linked to the use of MEK. It’s ok if you don’t let it contact your skin or breathe its vapours!Posted 4 years agodeadkennySubscriber
Oh but it’s a “lubricant” Halfords claim and flog it to everyone to spray all over their bikes (and subsequently get some business repairing those bikes that have no grease left in their bearings) 😉
Seriously though, I’ve used GT85 to soak bearings to flush the grease out so I can repack them with grease. Worked great.Posted 4 years agoandylMember
BP Jet A1
got a bottle in the shed. Use it for testing for fuel swell. 😀
MEK is basically acetone but with a little extra kick when it comes to dissolving some polymers. Very useful for thinning down silicone and fluorosilicones – look for 2-butanone or butan-2-one on the side of a tube of silicone sealant.
I don’t think it is carcinogenic, not unless you are bathing in the stuff, but due to being so aggressive I wouldn’t be suggesting people use it, or acetone as small splashes will ruin plastic and painted things. If you want a real kick then try THF or DMF 😀 I’m still trying to get to grips with the smell of THF, prefer my old solvent ethyl acetate.
Soapy water (Fenwicks on the bike) for safe bulk removal and then IPA for me if there is anything sticky/oily left. Or if grit isn’t a problem then swarfega is fantastic.Posted 4 years ago
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