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As the title says , im quite new to these recirculating parts cleaning tubs .

I got this 80L model , with a 20L/min pump , 4 legs and an extra shelf to store stuff for 100$.

Now , what is the best "solvent" to use in these ?

I bought some concentrated car shampoo / degreaser that im going to try but , if anyone knows better , please let me know :cheers2:
 

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The best stuff is going to be a petroleum based solvent. After that there are some good water based solvents. I've used purple power and the orange stuff too.

The cheapest and easiest I ever used is a combo of diesel fuel and kerosene. It got really nasty parts clean. However, they still needed to be cleaned again for painting. This was really for years and years of nasty gunk on parts. Not a right before paint type deal.

Lots of home brew type stuff out there.

Parts washers make life a lot easier!
 

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A true wash solvent is best, but expensive.
I use pump gas in mine. It's cheap enough and cuts most of the crud I put in there. Keep the pump off and cover the drain when not in use as to keep evaporation down.
 

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Mineral Spirits and Kerosene work welll... not sure if they should be mixed, but those are the most popular ones. Trouble is, not many places sell Kerosene at the pump or at all. Just be mindful and wear heavy duty gloves while using any of the heavy duty cleaners and be well ventilated.
 

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Cool stuff , thanks for the info.

Iv already tried experimenting a bit , in the form of a car pre-wash shampoo and some soak-in heavy degreaser , and for most stuff iil threw in it worked great , but it didnt like oily / greasy parts .

Some examples in the pics , old chain , and an old dirty gen-set fuel tank.

Il have to find alternatives to simple green and the likes , such stuff isnt really popular.
 

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I would strongly advise against petroleum solvents like gas diesel and other fuels. Your insurance wont replace your shop if they cause a fire. I have a process I use. I don't bring anything home that isn't clean. I will use those petro solvents but I spray them with a cheap garden sprayer and use a scraper and a wire brush (or nylon, use a cheapie). Then I take whatever it is thru a quarter car wash and spray it. One of the best and the one I use the most,cleaner/degreasers for this is the cheapie dollar store oven cleaner. Only after this, do I bring it home. BTW That oven cleaner will take the paint off.
 

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Not sure what you mean by oven cleaner ...

The results above is just concentrated car shampoo .

I did get some industrial grade degreaser and it says to soak stuff in it , than rince thoroughly with water , so il try that when i have some time .
 
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