View Full Version : Going Green? Need help with solvent tank....

04-18-2010, 11:23 PM
Hi Guys,

I have a basement shop which includes a 20 gallon parts washer tank. I've been using a mineral spirits based solution, but my local auto parts store just stopped carrying it so I thought that I'd switch over to an aqueous based solution. It would also be nice to get away from the stink.

My question is two fold. What should I use for an aqueous based cleaner? Looking for one that won't dissolve aluminum which lets out some of the more common ones like Purple Power.

Second, I've been told that to get the stuff to work it has to be heated. My cheap tank isn't currently heated. I was looking at some immersion heaters sold for keeping cattle/horse water troughs from freezing. Also, magnetic engine block heaters.

Anybody do anything similar?