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Trial Number 468

Trial Purpose:

To test nontoxic industrial cleaning solutions for oil removal

Date Run:


Experiment Procedure:

Basic cleaning performance testing was conducted using ASTM G122 as the bases for cleaning. 

Products were selected based on the compatibility of substrate and removal of foreign substance. Used 10% concentration and heated the samples at 135F. The steel coupons were immersed in a product for 5 minutes, rinsed for 30 seconds in tap water at 120F and dried in 30 seconds using compressed air is room temperature. Coupons were coated with used oil. Using a handheld swab and allowed to dry for 144 minutes at room temperature. The contaminated coupons were weighed again to determine the amount of soil added. After cleaning process, the final weights were recorded, efficiencies were calculated and recorded.

Trial Results:

Cleaner Initial wt Final wt % Removed
Spartan Chemical Corp. Graffiti Re mover      
  0.0186 0.0064 65.59
  0.0096 0.0075 21.87
  0.0189 0.0026 86.24
DFC 105      
  0.0449 0.0021 95.32
  0.0222 0.0046 79.28
  0.0172 0.0049 71.51
Brulin Comp, Formula 815 MX-AA      
  0.1100 0.0023 97.91
  0.0542 0.0410 24.35
  0.0153 0.0145 5.23
PolyChem, Polyspray 790      
  0.0210 0.0176 16.19
  0.0286 0.0183 36.01
  0.0900 0.0834 7.33

Success Rating:

Preliminary compatibility tests on substrate coupons encouraging for at least one cleaning chemistry. More in-depth laboratory testing necessary.


DFC 105 was the most effective of the products tested.

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