Probably Simple Green Crystal. It's clear and doesn't smell. I bought it to use in my aqueous parts washer now we use it for everything, machine cleaning, ultrasonic, etc. Needs to be warm to be real effective but does work very well when it is. Doesn't leave residue on aluminum but does take some of the shiny off.I used to work in a place that used an industrial version of "Simple Green" - and it worked very well.
There's a Dollar Tree nearby, I'll have to check that out.Have you ever tried Awesome from the Dollar Tree? Should probably be diluted for what you are doing, it really is awesome. I found it when looking for something to take the black streaks off the sides of a trailer, not it's the go-to for anything that I don't want to deal with the warmth required for SG Crystal.
Well if it "takes some of the shiny off" then it's not acceptable. Dishwasher detergent does that.Probably Simple Green Crystal. It's clear and doesn't smell. I bought it to use in my aqueous parts washer now we use it for everything, machine cleaning, ultrasonic, etc. Needs to be warm to be real effective but does work very well when it is. Doesn't leave residue on aluminum but does take some of the shiny off.
Well - how much "shiny" doo you have on your parts when they come out of the vibe?
Think Snow Eh!
Non tumbled parts I would just find a solution of simple green that works. Rinse afterWell keep in mind the post is about parts washing and has gotten side tracked with tumbling discussion. Some good points made on tumbling but i am still primarily focused on parts washing in this thread.
The parts washed are sometimes tumbled and not shiny but also don’t want them tarnished. Machined parts that get washed I want to look shiny.
I always put the parts from the tumbler right into a bucket of clean water. Sometimes good sometimes not. I suppose it has to do with how clean the water is. I always start with clean water but run for varying amounts of time before changing.We find that a quick rinse immediately when parts come out of the tumbler removes residue easily, and if you allow it to dry then try to take it off it's nearly impossible. A dipping tank of water next to your tumbler may solve the issue.
Sorry I'm late to the party - I seem to have missed this thread the first time round. From my reading it appears that most dishwasher tablets & powders contain a very high proportion of washing soda (sodium carbonate, soda ash, probably known by other names as well) because it's cheap and it's good at dealing with grease. Unfortunately it attacks and dissolves aluminium (giving off small quantities of hydrogen gas in the process). I presume that the black discoloration is a layer of alloying elements which don't get dissolved and remain firmly attached to what is left.Washing soda leaves w a whitish residue ..one might check for how much soda is in the mix.