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brake cleaner or carby cleaner?

Post by darrylrobert » Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:37 am

Ive always used carby cleaner on the plastic turbo pipes, however looking at the data sheets using (without acetone) brake cleaner is much safer on plastics/rubber. theres an active ingredient in carby cleaner called TOLUENE that eats most plastics.

Actually i was thinking they were infact the same product under different labels, this is not what i found.

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Re: brake cleaner or carby cleaner?

Post by abscate » Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:16 am

Acetone andTCE are in brake cleaner m for degreasing.

I think acetone andABS won’t be a good combination, considering I use it to smooth my ABS finished parts.

Toluene and ABS will be ok if you moisten cloth and wipe out the oil, but don’t immerse it ina swimming pool oftoluene.

Toluene is nasty shinola.....cancer!

Nitrile gloves and do it outside. Keep that spray out of your lungs
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Re: brake cleaner or carby cleaner?

Post by oragex » Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:02 am

Simple Green and let is soak, problem is it needs be rinsed - careful not to get water on top of the engine, the coils don't seal the spark plug holes

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Re: brake cleaner or carby cleaner?

Post by volvolugnut » Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:29 pm

The older I get the more I worry about chemicals. Good thing. I had some bad habits before I got old and wise. LOL

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Re: brake cleaner or carby cleaner?

Post by abscate » Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:57 pm

I hope the young guys listen and don’t repeat our mistakes.

Get those cheap gloves and keep everything off your skin and out of your lungs
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Re: brake cleaner or carby cleaner?

Post by BlackBart » Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:21 am

I agree with everything above. I use brake cleaner quite a lot as a quick degreaser, but I'm starting to question that. I often have it soak through good quality gloves. In years past, I had chapped peeling hands from carb cleaner.

They are both nasty to breathe, and in chilly weather in the garage, I'm not getting any ventilation. I went in to the kitchen for something, went back out into the garage, and the smell hit me like bricks.
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Re: brake cleaner or carby cleaner?

Post by BlackBart » Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:42 am

Also - I just used some rust treatment paint for bare steel last night, and it gives you a headache right away. That can't be good.
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Re: brake cleaner or carby cleaner?

Post by jonesg » Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:59 pm

BlackBart wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:21 am
I agree with everything above. I use brake cleaner quite a lot as a quick degreaser, but I'm starting to question that. I often have it soak through good quality gloves. In years past, I had chapped peeling hands from carb cleaner.

They are both nasty to breathe, and in chilly weather in the garage, I'm not getting any ventilation. I went in to the kitchen for something, went back out into the garage, and the smell hit me like bricks.
correct, gloves can easily allow chemicals to pass, especially if your hands sweat due to the gloves themselves.

A world expert on toxicology spilled 2 drops of organic mercury on the back of her gloved hand,
she followed immediate protocol for cleanup .
Her hands had been in the gloves a while and the sweat formed an ionic bridge to pass the chemical. its scary out there.
It didn't end well for this "expert".


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Re: brake cleaner or carby cleaner?

Post by abscate » Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:22 am

Nitrile gloves will let stuff through but dimethylmercury is nasty stuff, not stuff you run into routinely

If you think you will be cleaning a lot, double glove
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Re: brake cleaner or carby cleaner?

Post by volvolugnut » Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:05 am

Will nitrile gloves pass carb cleaner or brake cleaner? Acetone?

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