Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by limey.. » Tue, 03 Oct 2006 02:32:13



I thought this topic came up recently but my searches haven't found it.

If I remember correctly, Mineral Spirits was recommend and I would
appreciate it if someone would either confirm this, or make a
suggestion as to what to use.

What I intend to clean up are bicycle parts, such as bearings, chains
and chainrings.

Thanks.

Lewis.

******

 
 
 

Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by kbe.. » Tue, 03 Oct 2006 05:12:10


Ammonia... Thats what I use....

 
 
 

Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by RAM3 » Tue, 03 Oct 2006 05:28:50



Quote:
>I thought this topic came up recently but my searches haven't found it.

> If I remember correctly, Mineral Spirits was recommend and I would
> appreciate it if someone would either confirm this, or make a
> suggestion as to what to use.

> What I intend to clean up are bicycle parts, such as bearings, chains
> and chainrings.

> Thanks.

> Lewis.

> ******

I use straight Simple Green in mine - it does well as a degreaser and I
don't have to worry about fumes, flammability, etc.
 
 
 

Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by Bob Ma » Tue, 03 Oct 2006 06:53:24


Depends upon what you're cleaning off of the item.  Ultrasonic cleaning just
does the motions to remove whatever is needed to be done rather than a brush
and handwork.

--
Yeppie, Bush is such an idiot that He usually outwits
everybody else.  How dumb!

 
 
 

Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by Karl Townsen » Tue, 03 Oct 2006 07:24:47


Well, I use simple green plus ammonia. In water, of course.

I always get the worst of it with a parts cleaner bath first. The
ultra-sonic gets that hard to remove stuff only.

--
<(???)> An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
    Two apples a day gets the doctor's OK.
 Five a day makes you a fruit grower like me.

Karl Townsend

 
 
 

Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by limey.. » Tue, 03 Oct 2006 09:42:15


Quote:

> Ammonia... Thats what I use....

How does Ammonia affect aluminum?

Lewis.

******

 
 
 

Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by Martin H. Eastbur » Tue, 03 Oct 2006 11:13:28


Simple Green.


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Quote:

> I thought this topic came up recently but my searches haven't found it.

> If I remember correctly, Mineral Spirits was recommend and I would
> appreciate it if someone would either confirm this, or make a
> suggestion as to what to use.

> What I intend to clean up are bicycle parts, such as bearings, chains
> and chainrings.

> Thanks.

> Lewis.

> ******

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Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by Michael A. Terrel » Tue, 03 Oct 2006 22:16:28


Quote:

> Depends upon what you're cleaning off of the item.  Ultrasonic cleaning just
> does the motions to remove whatever is needed to be done rather than a brush
> and handwork.

> --
> Yeppie, Bush is such an idiot that He usually outwits
> everybody else.  How dumb!

   One place I worked was too cheap to buy an ultrasonic cleaner, so I
would cut the top two inches off a 2 liter pop bottle.  Then I dropped
fur or five Alka-Seltzer tablets in, added the dirty parts, and filled
it with enough water to cover the parts.  It didn't get everything, but
what little was left was easily removed by a quick swipe with a
typewriter brush under running water.  It cut about 95% of the time
required to do it all by hand.

--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida

 
 
 

Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by Joseph Gwin » Wed, 04 Oct 2006 10:04:48



Quote:


> > Ammonia... Thats what I use....

> How does Ammonia affect aluminum?

Ammonia dissolves aluminum, but not as fast as does lye.

Joe Gwinn

 
 
 

Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by whit.. » Wed, 04 Oct 2006 14:48:39


Quote:

> If I remember correctly, Mineral Spirits was recommend[ed]...
> What I intend to clean up are bicycle parts, such as bearings, chains

Don't use mineral spirits in an ultrasound bath; the power level is
designed for
cavitation in the working fluid, which is intended to be water (small
amounts of additives
are OK).  Just as you should never run the ultrasound with the tank
empty.
And the power level is high enough to cause local boiling; don't put
your
fingers in.

Windex (glass cleaner) makes a good ultrasound fluid; low residue after
removal/drying,
it contains wetting agent and mild (***?) solvent.

Water, small amounts of added *** and soap, is a general purpose
cleaner.
For rust stains, consider using a plastic inner tank and some oxalic
acid (this
will etch steel or stainless, so never use on ferrous metals).  For
grease, consider adding
a dollop of waterless hand cleaner; it will glom onto greasy things in
the crevices and
make 'em rinse off.  But the fluid turns milky, so you can't watch it
happen.
Washing soda (dishwasher detergent, OxyClean, it's all the same stuff)
is good too.

Vinegar, lye, and dilute ammonia can also be useful additives, but
probably not for
bicycle parts.

 
 
 

Fluid for ultrasonic cleaner

Post by David Courtne » Wed, 04 Oct 2006 22:54:51


    I bought the "Hydro Sonic Concentrate" made by L&R Ultrasonics.
    It smells awful and it's expensive as hell, but it works like magic!
http://www.FoundCollection.com/
        David


Quote:

>> If I remember correctly, Mineral Spirits was recommend[ed]...

>> What I intend to clean up are bicycle parts, such as bearings, chains

> Don't use mineral spirits in an ultrasound bath; the power level is
> designed for
> cavitation in the working fluid, which is intended to be water (small
> amounts of additives
> are OK).  Just as you should never run the ultrasound with the tank
> empty.
> And the power level is high enough to cause local boiling; don't put
> your
> fingers in.

> Windex (glass cleaner) makes a good ultrasound fluid; low residue after
> removal/drying,
> it contains wetting agent and mild (***?) solvent.

> Water, small amounts of added *** and soap, is a general purpose
> cleaner.
> For rust stains, consider using a plastic inner tank and some oxalic
> acid (this
> will etch steel or stainless, so never use on ferrous metals).  For
> grease, consider adding
> a dollop of waterless hand cleaner; it will glom onto greasy things in
> the crevices and
> make 'em rinse off.  But the fluid turns milky, so you can't watch it
> happen.
> Washing soda (dishwasher detergent, OxyClean, it's all the same stuff)
> is good too.

> Vinegar, lye, and dilute ammonia can also be useful additives, but
> probably not for
> bicycle parts.