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geekhack Community => Off Topic => Topic started by: Olumin on Sat, 12 June 2021, 06:41:18

Title: Using Car Gasoline For Cleaning?
Post by: Olumin on Sat, 12 June 2021, 06:41:18
Iíve always bought purpose made cleaning/washing gasoline (Waschbenzin) for cleaning and degreasing mechanical parts and machinery (mostly clocks, watches, and typewriters/adding machines). To be honest I donít even know what the stuff is called in English.

Is there any difference in the gasoline used in cars, and the purpose made cleaning gasoline? Are there any additives in car gasoline? Is it less clean? I couldn't find anything about it.

For use in cleaning applications, it is very important that the gasoline evaporates quickly and without leaving any residue. Does car gasoline have these properties?


I know there are people here who know much more about cars then I do (nothing), so please chime in and let me know of you have any idea.

Title: Re: Using Car Gasoline For Cleaning?
Post by: fohat.digs on Sat, 12 June 2021, 07:50:40
I am no chemist (where are you, Chyrosan?) but I do know that in the US fuel has multiple additives for cleaning and lubrication as it passes through the engine.
Title: Re: Using Car Gasoline For Cleaning?
Post by: noisyturtle on Sun, 13 June 2021, 00:30:37
Drinking, cleaning, powering motors, repelling small children. There's nothing gasoline can't do!
Title: Re: Using Car Gasoline For Cleaning?
Post by: kizuna on Sun, 13 June 2021, 07:26:37
Iíve always bought purpose made cleaning/washing gasoline (Waschbenzin) for cleaning and degreasing mechanical parts and machinery (mostly clocks, watches, and typewriters/adding machines). To be honest I donít even know what the stuff is called in English.

Is there any difference in the gasoline used in cars, and the purpose made cleaning gasoline? Are there any additives in car gasoline? Is it less clean? I couldn't find anything about it.

For use in cleaning applications, it is very important that the gasoline evaporates quickly and without leaving any residue. Does car gasoline have these properties?


I know there are people here who know much more about cars then I do (nothing), so please chime in and let me know of you have any idea.


You can clean parts etc with regular gasoline but it is not smart or safe because the flashpoint is extremely low. If you are going to use gas to clean please don't smoke your cigarette while doing so. 
Title: Re: Using Car Gasoline For Cleaning?
Post by: fohat.digs on Sun, 13 June 2021, 08:35:04

Drinking, cleaning, powering motors, repelling small children.


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