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  • Cleaning metal

    I just purchased some 2" square 1/8" tubing and after picking it up, my hands were black. I am curious what some of you use to clean dirty steel before welding or grinding?

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    I use either acetone or laquer thinner. Any mineral spirit that evaporates clean will do.

    Basic rule of thumb for solvents is:

    If it smells bad enough to make your throat dry and your eyes water, it's probably a good cleaning agent for any metal
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      Simple Green Max Automotive degreaser

      Non Toxic and relatively cheap

      http://www.amazon.com/Pro-43260-Max-.../dp/B000CCM4OQ

      Works great!!
      You should be able to get it at Pep Boys or the local Auto Parts store
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
        Simple Green Max Automotive degreaser

        Non Toxic and relatively cheap

        http://www.amazon.com/Pro-43260-Max-.../dp/B000CCM4OQ

        Works great!!
        You should be able to get it at Pep Boys or the local Auto Parts store
        I agree. Simple green is a very good degreaser.

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          oil eater - get it at checker auto. costco carried it but i haven't seen it there for awhile.

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          • #6
            Powdered Tide laundry detergent. Works great and is cheap, just mix a scoop full in a 5 gallon bucket.

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