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MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? #4520834
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https://www.sherwin-williams.com/document/SDS/en/764423182094/US/

file:///C:/Users/m/Downloads/SDS%20E%20-%20PY4003.pdf

I actually spent two hours researching different brake cleaners and I can't find a definitive answer on which is the best 5 gallon purchase to make so i'm going with these two. I have no idea how to make the determination of which would be the better choice.

I've spent a lot of money over the years on the cans I just bought a zep sprayer, next is the fluid. I have no idea which will clean better of the two. Honestly i've seen no difference in cleaning power with all the different brands I used.

Pic is the sprayer I just purchased. Thank You

Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: tompumped] #4520835
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People seem to think it's way overpriced for the sherwin williams one since it's naptha and ethanol. If it cleans good I don't care about the price. If it's less harmful that's also a plus. I rarely wear gloves when handling parts/rags soaked in brake clean. I might start wearing them honestly.

Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: tompumped] #4520839
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I just use acetone or lacquer thinner, whichever is cheaper.

Most any solvent will work, so just go with what doesn't cost so much.


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Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: tompumped] #4520840
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I go though a metric [censored] load of the stuff, so I just buy what is cheap. Ive never had brake cleaner not do the business.
I just make sure its non-chlorinated (Since I sometimes use it to clean before/after welding) and I buy 6 or more of them.


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Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: tompumped] #4520841
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Dunno about OF the two, but water is better THAN the two, and beats them hands down on price, availability, and toxicity.

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Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: Ducked] #4520879
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Originally Posted By: Ducked
Dunno about OF the two, but water is better THAN the two, and beats them hands down on price, availability, and toxicity.

The problem is that water will not degrease worth a darn


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Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: tompumped] #4520880
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Water? lolGTFO

It's only slightly worse than air, which is even cheaper.

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Originally Posted By: Billbert
Originally Posted By: Ducked
Dunno about OF the two, but water is better THAN the two, and beats them hands down on price, availability, and toxicity.

The problem is that water will not degrease worth a darn


Add a little Dawn. Don't know what's in that stuff but it degreases awesome.

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I find chlorinated works better.


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Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: Linctex] #4521039
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
I just use acetone or lacquer thinner, whichever is cheaper.

Most any solvent will work, so just go with what doesn't cost so much.


Good idea. How do you do it? Sprayer? soak a rag?


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Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: Billbert] #4521554
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Originally Posted By: Billbert
Originally Posted By: Ducked
Dunno about OF the two, but water is better THAN the two, and beats them hands down on price, availability, and toxicity.

The problem is that water will not degrease worth a darn


I don't find that much of a problem, since I don't find my brakes get greasy, though boiling water with detergent in it does remove some old grease from the backing plates.

My brakes get dusty, and the problem is that brake cleaner will not de-dust worth a darn.

If they were significantly greasy I'd think that would be a problem that could not be addressed by a wee squirt of brake cleaner

Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: Dave9] #4521566
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Originally Posted By: Dave9
Water? lolGTFO

It's only slightly worse than air, which is even cheaper.


Air isn't free. You need a compressor, and then later on you might need expensive medical care.

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and a funeral....but OK, you'll need that eventually anyway.

Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: tompumped] #4521795
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I dunno. Eveything Ive ever hosed down with brake cleaner ends up pretty clean. And yeah, it melts grease like a torch to a stick of butter. I must go through at least like 12 cans a year or more.


I also have used it in a pinch as point defense against WASPS, since it melts their wings and they fall out of the sky.

Last edited by Colt45ws; 09/21/17 12:13 AM.

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Re: MSDS: Which Brake cleaner is better of the two? [Re: Ducked] #4522536
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I just wanted to know which would be the better of the two. I'd try other solvents but at times i've sprayed it all over everything under the hood to remove brake fluid. I'm not sure if it would be ok with other solvents. Degreasing an engine you can't control where it goes sometimes. There is nothing better for removing oil in hard to reach places.

I mostly use it to remove oil/grease, or clean guns.

Originally Posted By: Ducked
Originally Posted By: Billbert
Originally Posted By: Ducked
Dunno about OF the two, but water is better THAN the two, and beats them hands down on price, availability, and toxicity.

The problem is that water will not degrease worth a darn


I don't find that much of a problem, since I don't find my brakes get greasy, though boiling water with detergent in it does remove some old grease from the backing plates.

My brakes get dusty, and the problem is that brake cleaner will not de-dust worth a darn.

If they were significantly greasy I'd think that would be a problem that could not be addressed by a wee squirt of brake cleaner
Originally Posted By: Ducked
Originally Posted By: Dave9
Water? lolGTFO

It's only slightly worse than air, which is even cheaper.


Air isn't free. You need a compressor, and then later on you might need expensive medical care.
Originally Posted By: Ducked
and a funeral....but OK, you'll need that eventually anyway.



Thank you for your valuable input, be sure to de-dust your brakes monthly.

I'm sure it's going to blow up in my face. I bet it happens all the time, they probably sell them just to maim with the hope of death.

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