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Mineral spirits safe on metals?

Old 07-26-19, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by jackb View Post
Why would Simple Green destroy the chain? I've used it and hosed the chain to get it off, then used White Lightning Clean after the chain dried.
Storing a chain in Simple Green would destroy it. That's what ToiletSiphon is proposing to do to avoid the chain rusting. However simply putting it in a seal plastic bag would do be sufficient to keep it from rusting.
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Gasoline isn't great for skin contact, in addition to fire hazard. I would never use it in the house. The few times I've used gasoline for anything, have been on the grass away from everything.

How's kerosene ?..never tried it.
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Old 07-26-19, 03:59 PM
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I once left a filthy greasy cogset and chain in a jar of mineral spirits for 6 months. Just forgot about it. All the metal parts, alu and steel were in perfect condition. But just cleaner. No surprise, given the chemistry involved.

Try this with the water-based degreasers, and after this timeframe you'd be pouring out a reddish goo that used to be steel.
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Old 07-26-19, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Gasoline isn't great for skin contact, in addition to fire hazard. I would never use it in the house. The few times I've used gasoline for anything, have been on the grass away from everything.

How's kerosene ?..never tried it.
As I understand it, kerosene falls into roughly the same range of compounds as mineral spirits or diesel fuel. Each may have its own specific standards and additives. For me, the choice comes down to which one I can buy and store most conveniently. Cost is a lesser issue, as I don't use a lot of it.

I once forgot about a chain that I had in mineral spirits, and it sat there for months. There was utterly no effect on the chain.
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Kerosene is between gasoline and mineral spirits when it comes to flash point. That makes it safer than gasoline but not as safe as using mineral spirits. The trade off for safety is how long it takes for the solvent to dry leaving your chain ready to re-lubricate. Not much of a problem out here as it is supposed to be 109 degrees in the shade tomorrow. Just hang the chain outside for a day or so and it will be solvent free.

You don't even need an open flame to ignite flammable vapors. I had a college professor who had been burned fueling a Coleman lantern. He didn't let it cool a bit before adding more fuel after it ran out of fuel. It flashed over as he filled the tank from a gallon container. It wasn't still lit but the metal was hot enough to ignite the vapors.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Gasoline isn't great for skin contact, in addition to fire hazard. I would never use it in the house. The few times I've used gasoline for anything, have been on the grass away from everything.

How's kerosene ?..never tried it.
Kerosene and diesel are great cleaners, but leave an oily residue.
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Diesel is the best. I've put diesel in ordinary plastic spray bottles. Cheaper and better than WD-40. I've also used gasoline for soaking old automobile & motorcycle carbuerators. But, that's under very tight controls. Primary & secondary containment. Ventilation. Non sparking tools, Elbow length nitryle laboratory gloves. etc. Watch out for toothbrushes with gasoline. It will dissolve the rubber grip into goo. I don't think it would ever be necessary to soak any bike parts in gasoline.
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