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Old 07-03-2009, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default DIY Nitro Cleaner...Container?

Okay so I'm sure most of you have seen the DIY Nitro Cleaner which is 1 part Simple Green (or the like) and 2 parts Denatured Alcohol and a smidgen of WD-40 or Moo-slick.

Anyway, I have tried three spray bottles for this DIY concoction and they all end up breaking...I'm thinking the alcohol has some ill effects on the plastic internals of the spray part of the bottles (note, these are just standard Home Depot spray bottles from the cleaner section)...any suggestions??

What do you recommend or use?
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:09 PM   #2
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at work we have these bottles that are made to hold acetone and alcohol, they kinda look like a Nitro fuel bottle. You should be able to find them at a Harbor feight. I'm sure you want to keep it in a spray bottle, Just a idea.

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That's weird, I have denatured alcohol in a spray bottle for over e year and no disintegration of the plastic at all. maybe the mixture is causing toxic chemicals that are eating the plastic. Experiment with it, try just WD-40 and Simple green, then simple green and alcohol, etc, etc, see where the reaction is coming from. If you cant figure it out, google aluminum spray bottles and get one of those
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I just mix Simple Green and rubbing alcohol 50/50 and keep it in the Simple Green spray bottle. I haven't had any problems so far.
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i would not use rubbing alcohol it contains water whitch = rust denautured alcohol is what u want to use just my opinion i have been using 2 parts alcohol 1 part smiple green and one cap full of wd40 for years now with no problems good luck
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i would not use rubbing alcohol it contains water whitch = rust denautured alcohol is what u want to use just my opinion i have been using 2 parts alcohol 1 part smiple green and one cap full of wd40 for years now with no problems good luck
I buy the 90% ( is that denatured?). It's only a little bit more money. Actually, you can get alcohol with only 1 or 2% water in it but you'll pay through the nose for it. What's the old saying? "You pays your money, you takes your chances". I'm OK with 9 or 10% water. I try to avoid spraying directly on bearings, but that's about the only precaution I take.
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Simple Green is 99% water people!
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Just a FYI, simple green, denatured alcohol, and WD-40 isn't a nitro cleaner, it is just a cleaner for cleaning your car. But when you are rebuilding your shocks and need to clean the oil out, would you put wd40, simple green, and denatured alcohol in your shocks? Of course not, then you would use nitro cleaner.
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Spray em out with Non-chlorinated Brake cleaner. I get it at Wal-mart for $2 a can
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go to dollar store get the auto degreaser works awesome no crazy cocktail just spray and blow off with air. I remove my radio tray engine and tank and spray degreaser on it and hose it off. Then blow dry with air and re oil with gun oil and wipe to new. works great no hassles
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Okay so I'm sure most of you have seen the DIY Nitro Cleaner which is 1 part Simple Green (or the like) and 2 parts Denatured Alcohol and a smidgen of WD-40 or Moo-slick.

Anyway, I have tried three spray bottles for this DIY concoction and they all end up breaking...I'm thinking the alcohol has some ill effects on the plastic internals of the spray part of the bottles (note, these are just standard Home Depot spray bottles from the cleaner section)...any suggestions??

What do you recommend or use?
I thought about you this morning, I was at Home Depot and they had chemical resistance spray bottles, but I use about the same mix except I use denatured alcohol in a regular spray bottle and have no problems
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Hmmmm, sounds like the best trick for a super dirty buggy is to take out the electronics and hose er' down. Then spray with WD-40 or the like.....For those "not-so-dirty" buggies, use a diluted mix of simple green or auto degreaser...and an air hose?

Yes, no, maybe so...
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By far the best/ cheapest cleaner out there is Mr. Clean.

Dilute it 50/50 with water for general cleaning, full strength for those who have a fuel spill or diff fluid on the chassis (etc)

A $3.50 bottle lasts me a couple of months.

Will not hurt or discolor plastic, lexan or aluminum, leaves surfaces shiney and clean.

(Also wont hurt any spray bottle I've ever used it in)
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Hmmmm, sounds like the best trick for a super dirty buggy is to take out the electronics and hose er' down. Then spray with WD-40 or the like.....For those "not-so-dirty" buggies, use a diluted mix of simple green or auto degreaser...and an air hose?

Yes, no, maybe so...

Hell no, air compressor and brush only. Never get bearings wet or blow directly at them, both pushes dirt into the bearings. Bearings are better off with a little dirt on them.
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