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What types of solvents can be used with a solvent based parts washer?
Solvent-based parts washers are designed to clean and degrease machine parts, tools, and other equipment. These types of washers use solvents to dissolve and remove contaminants from the surface of the parts being cleaned. There are several types of solvents that can be used with solvent-based parts washers, including:
- Mineral Spirits: Mineral spirits are a common solvent used in parts washers. They are a petroleum-based solvent that is effective at removing grease, oil, and other contaminants.
- Stoddard Solvent: Stoddard solvent is another petroleum-based solvent that is commonly used in parts washers. It is similar to mineral spirits but has a higher boiling point and is less flammable.
- D-limonene: D-limonene is a citrus-based solvent that is made from the oils of citrus fruits. It is a natural solvent that is effective at removing grease and oil.
- Naphtha: Naphtha is a petroleum-based solvent that is similar to mineral spirits. It is a fast-drying solvent that is effective at removing oil and grease.
- Trichloroethylene: Trichloroethylene is a chlorinated solvent that is effective at removing grease, oil, and other contaminants. It is a powerful solvent that should be used with caution due to its potential health hazards.
Different solvents have different properties and may be more or less effective depending on the specific contaminants being removed. It’s always best to consult the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for the specific solvent-based parts washer being used. Additionally, proper safety precautions should always be taken when handling and using solvents.