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    I ran across a thread here in MBN suggesting using brake cleaner to clean parts before welding and wanted to share some information for those that don't already know.

    What ever you do, DO NOT use brake cleaner to clean parts before welding.

    Here is an article about a guy who did just that and almost died.

    Brake Cleaner = Phosgene Article
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    I remember reading the comment to use brake cleaner for preping welds and I thought nothing of it, but after reading this, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT USE BRAKE CLEANER!

    Edit: This should be stickied to the very most front of pages possible.
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    This thread is now stuck!
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    I noticed that the local Auto Zone carries disc brake cleaner in a red can and a green (non-chlorinated) can. I assumed that the non-chlorinated version was for "green" purposes. Now I know the real reason. Thanks.
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    Damn. I use Brake Cleaner EVERY time I weld aluminum. Guess I need to refill my rubbing alcohol spray bottle
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    Scotch brite,,,then acetone,,works a treat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TALON View Post
    Scotch brite,,,then acetone,,works a treat.
    Yup - that's my method. Glad I've never used any aerosols, as it would probably have been brake cleaner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-fab View Post
    Yup - that's my method. Glad I've never used any aerosols, as it would probably have been brake cleaner.
    Just gotta be a bit careful where you leave the acetone dampened rags when you start welding ,,on quite a few ocassions in the shop i have been heard to yell that famous Tom Hanks line,,, " I HAVE MADE FIRE "
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    K-fab,

    Maybe we should change the title of this thread to Safety Alerts or maybe even start a new section for safety issues. Lets make a place people can share serious safety issues.

    People are building buggies to have fun but if we are unknowingly doing something that causes bodily injury, health issues or possibly even death then the fun factor drops from a 10 to a 0.

    Another welding safety issue arises when you are welding stainless steel. Stainless welding fumes contain hexavalent chromium which is a heavy metal and is cumulative, meaning that once it is in your system your body can not get rid of it and if continued to be exposed to chromium the chromium levels build which can cause cancer.

    I will post some OSHA information on Hexavalent Chromium tomorrow when I get home from work.
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    I remember someone telling me that plasma cutting stainless produces phosgene. Anybody confirm that? The smoke is quite nasty.
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