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Biodiesel as solvent

Postby phil cottingham » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:03 pm

I noticed in another post that Science said that biodiesel was a good solvent. I had been looking for a solvent to use in a parts washer I just acquired and was wandering if it might be better than mineral spirits or kerosene. It may not even be available in Alabama. Just wandering if anyone had an idea. What about the smell? Never smelled biodiesel. Phil

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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby kravdraa » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:28 pm

Yes it is a good solvent. It will remove paint, loosen grease and crud. It also seems to be good at being reused. Just let the crud settle to the bottom of a container and pour off the good stuff on top.
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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby phil cottingham » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:43 pm

How is it on your hands? What does it usually cost per gallon? I was thinking of using 6 or 8 gal. in this parts washer. Mineral spirits is about $6.00 a gal. Is biodiesel the same as b100? Thanks, Phil

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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby kravdraa » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:31 pm

Phil, B-100 is 100% Bio-diesel.
Look for a local making his.her own to ask about buying some. Typically you don't see B-100 being sold commercially.
If you live near an airport that services jest you ma be able to scrounge some JP-8 from their fuel sample/waste tank. (Ask permission of course first) It will work well also.
B-100 will take stuff off your hands but a soap and water wash is needed after.
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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby puttputtinpup » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:51 am

I just use a good squirt of wd-40 on my hands to cut through the tough grime, then wash w/ soap & water. Or take auto transmission fuid and rub some on your grimy hands. Works well too.

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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby phil cottingham » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:59 pm

Andy, I was looking for a solvent to use in a parts washer that holds 5 or 10 gals. I thought the b100 might be a cheaper alternative to kerosene or mineral spirits that's 7 to 8 dollars a gal. Thanks Phil

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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby puttputtinpup » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:00 pm

Gotcha..I've delivered wd40 in 55 gal drum before..Would smell good, but probably a bit pricey. Does the biodiesel have a shelf life..like wouldn't it begin to break down and degrade after a while?

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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby phil cottingham » Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:50 pm

Andy, shelf life and any other issues is what I'm trying to find out about. If you can get me a deal on 10 or 15 gals. of WD40 I think it would be great. Delivered to Alabama of course. haha Thanks, Phil

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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby puttputtinpup » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:33 pm

Phil, here ya go. Chunk change for you, buddy! http://www.waresdirect.com/products/Com ... 7AodQhUA4A

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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby phil cottingham » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:43 pm

Andy, I may just order 2 barrels at that price. haha. Phil

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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby phil cottingham » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:33 am

Well, I gave up on the biodiesel. I've driven over 100 miles looking for biodiesel to use in my parts washer and found none. The stations that said they had biodiesel ended up having E85. The people that worked at the stations didn't know the difference in E85 and B100. I really wanted to try it, but I gave up and bought kerosene. In my area kerosene and mineral spirits are around $8.00 a gal. at the big box stores in 5 gal. cans . I found a station that sold it at the pump for $6.00 a gal. By the way K1 kerosene which used to be white or clear now has read dye like off road diesel. I'm told this is to keep us from burning it our diesel trucks. I can't believe anyone would buy $6.00 a gal. kerosene to burn in their truck when regular diesel is less than $4.00. Thanks for the input. Phil

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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby QuantumRift » Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:45 pm

Biodiesel as solvent? Just use Mazola Corn Oil. It isn't rocket science. I've used corn oil to soak engine parts, remove tar, etc etc. It works great and is pretty durned cheap.
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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby nucleus » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:15 pm

Yes, biodiesel is an excellent solvent! Smells nice and is non-toxic, so it's easy on the hands.
Home brewed Biodiesel will have a shorter shelf life than commercially made ASTM spec biodiesel. This is because commercially produced ASTM fuel must have an oxidative stabilizer added to it before shipping/selling the fuel. Typically shelf life will be over a year on the commercial stuff, longer if you just are using it as a solvent.
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Re: Biodiesel as solvent

Postby jerryfreak » Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:26 am

phil cottingham wrote:How is it on your hands? What does it usually cost per gallon? I was thinking of using 6 or 8 gal. in this parts washer. Mineral spirits is about $6.00 a gal. Is biodiesel the same as b100? Thanks, Phil


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