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Ultrasonic Cleaner

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Just bought the Harbor Frieght ultrasonic cleaner made by Central Machinery today getting ready to clean varnish off of my dt-250's carburetor. 
Also bought their general purpose cleaning powder where the fine print says "not recommended for use with aluminum or magnesium alloys due to discoloration."
So, is it OK to use or is a special cleaning powder required?
Thank you for your help!
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01 Jul 2022 15:10 #1

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Replied by Ht1kid on topic Ultrasonic Cleaner

I wouldn’t use it I use the solution from tiny tach you can look on there website I’ve heard some people use Zep or something carburetor safe for sure 
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01 Jul 2022 16:50 #2

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Replied by AirborneSilva on topic Ultrasonic Cleaner

I use simple green or other brands of de-greasers in mine. 
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01 Jul 2022 17:01 #3

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Replied by Schu on topic Ultrasonic Cleaner

I use Totally Awesome from the dollar store. And not much of it. It does darken the aluminum though.
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01 Jul 2022 17:06 #4

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Replied by Mark Serotta on topic Ultrasonic Cleaner

When using Simple Green or others, how much do you add to the water? 
I tried some carb parts using the general cleaner to see if the varnish was removed. Worked ok, not great. The slide in the 2 pics show some pitting and a spot where the finish was removed. I was planning to leave it as is. What do you think?When using Simple Green or others, how much do you add to the water? 
I tried some carb parts using the general cleaner to see if the varnish was removed. Worked ok, not great. The slide in the 2 pics show some pitting and a spot where the finish was removed. I was planning to leave it as is. What do you think?
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Replied by AirborneSilva on topic Ultrasonic Cleaner

I usually mix 50/50 with simple green unless parts are really dirty/greasy then I'll go for a stronger mix, maybe 75/25 simple green/water
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Replied by MarkT on topic Ultrasonic Cleaner

Aluminum oxidizes easily and many products will attack and stain it.

Simple Green has a lot of information on their website and even various cleaning products...  some are better for aluminum than others. I suggest looking up "aluminum" here:  simplegreen.com/faqs/

There's a few paragraphs of advice there.  I've pasted a few brief sentences below with emphasis added.  I suggest reading the whole thing and contacting them if you still have questions.

 "......caution and common sense must be used: aluminum is a soft metal that easily corrodes with unprotected exposure to water. The aqueous-base and alkalinity of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner can accelerate the corrosion process.    .........................................

................contact times for unprotected or unpainted aluminum surfaces should be kept as brief as the job will allow - never for more than 10 minutes. .................................... Rinsing after cleaning should always be extremely thorough - paying special attention to flush out cracks and crevices to remove all Simple Green product residues. Unfinished, uncoated or unpainted aluminum cleaned with Simple Green products should receive some sort of protectant after cleaning to prevent oxidation............................................. "
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Replied by MarkT on topic Ultrasonic Cleaner

Just to add....  Dawn dish soap in water works pretty good in my ultrasonic.  With just plain hot water and time the carb can change colors...  Pine Sol is an old favorite. 

Many options.  Just be aware that aluminum will corrode/oxidize and a lot of cleaners as well as heat, water, and vibration can accelerate the process. 

 
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Replied by AirborneSilva on topic Ultrasonic Cleaner

Good call Mark, I always only soak my carbs in the ultrasonic cleaner for a few minutes (maybe 10 or so), then rinse immediately.  Then I put it in carb cleaner.  My only use of the ultrasonic is to remove the grease/oil that may have built up on it. 
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Replied by Mark Serotta on topic Ultrasonic Cleaner

I'm not learning the easy way, that's for sure.  Pics of my carb body showing "white stuff" or corrosion from a 4 minute ultrasonic clean last night. What can I do? Will anything help?
   
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