View Full Version : Solvent for parts washer.

01-13-2008, 06:34 AM
Got a small parts washer for Xmas and need to get some solvent for it.

What solvent do you guys reccomend? The manual says to only use petroleum based solvents. So far I've been told: Varsol, Laquer thinner, and mineral spirits by different people. Which one is the best? Looks like I'll need about 4 gallons of solvent.

01-13-2008, 08:49 AM
Back in my farming days we used diesel for cleaning parts.
Never had the budget for the other stuff and the diesel worked great anyway drama

dirka dave
01-13-2008, 08:53 AM
I would recommend using varsol. Thats What we use at the shops where I have worked.

01-13-2008, 08:56 AM
Call me simple, but when I needed to clean some parts, I got a gallon of "parts solvent" at Lordco :dontknow:

01-13-2008, 01:30 PM
Tetrachloroethylene hands down the best solvent. I beleave you can still by it. We use it at work in all our vapour degreasers. They are starting to or trying it out because it depleates the ozone or something.

m j
01-20-2008, 11:28 AM
solvents are brutal on the skin.
get a stack of long gloves designed for that purpose when u get the solvent.

diesel and gas are the worst things to use as solvent.
I have worked for plenty of old hicks that try and claim it works, all I can say is they have never used solvent if they think diesel works.

01-20-2008, 01:12 PM

Can you pronounce that?
Or say it fast three times if ya can pronounce it

01-20-2008, 03:38 PM
we use varsol at our shop and it works great!

01-20-2008, 04:20 PM
oil eater
i use it for everything in the shop it works great

01-20-2008, 09:32 PM
we use tetra chemicals stuff its a citrus base solvent smells like oranges super strong and lasts.. pricy tho 100$ for a 5 gal pale.