Vapor Degreasing

Vapor Degreasing

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Techspray has a large variety vapor degreasing cleaners that are engineered to be less toxic than many other solvents, yet powerful enough for the most difficult soils.

Vapor degreasing is a cleaning process that involves rinsing and cleaning parts in ultra-pure vapor. The process doesn’t require any water or scrubbing and is used to safely clean various materials like plastic, glass, metal, gold, and ceramic.

Vapor degreasing can be found in any industry where precision cleaning is critical. It is common in the automotive, aviation and aerospace, medical device manufacturing, jewelry manufacturing, and electronic assembly.

Precision-V vapor degreasing solvents are ideal replacements for cleaners containing Freon, HFC-141b, and AK225. Exposure to Precision-V solvents is less hazardous than many other solvents: e.g. TCE (trichloroethylene, CAS #79-01-6), nPB (n-propyl bromide, CAS #106-94-5), and perc (perchloroethylene, CAS #127-18-4).

For the closest (and safest) cost and performance match to n-propyl bromide, nothing beats PWR-4 Maintenance Cleaner and PWR-4 Flux Remover.

Click here for the latest information on the EPA’s designation of n-propyl bromide as an “unacceptable risk”. Check out the in-depth discussion on the topic in our webinar “Replacing N-Propyl Bromide (NPB): What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You”.

Not sure which product is right for your application?  Check out our Vapor Degreaser Product Selection Guide or our technical article “Vapor Degreasing: The Quick Guide”.

Precision-V VC-1500 Flux Remover Precision-V Vapor-Degreaser Flux Remover
Powerful vapor degreaser solvent
PWR-4 Flux Remover PWR-4 Flux Remover
Powerful, non-flammable, cost effective flux removal -- safer nPB replacement
PWR-4 Industrial Maintenance Cleaner PWR-4 Industrial Maintenance Cleaner-2
Powerful, nonflammable & cost effective cleaner that is a safer nPB replacement

FAQ's

How can you reduce chemical exposure?

Every organization using hazardous chemicals within their facility has the responsibility to equip their facility and personnel to maintain exposure levels below the TLV. Personal monitoring badges can be used to measure exposure of a specific material. Then, depending on the threshold limit and the application, exposure can be controlled with PPE like masks, face shields, respirators, and even coveralls. If they don’t reduce exposure below the recommended limit, you will need to consider a special ventilation hood or even containment booth. As you can see, as the exposure limit gets down to a certain level, the equipment required to safely use the solvent can get impractical. At that point, your best option is to consider a safer alternative.

How do you know the safe exposure limit of a degreaser, contact cleaner, or flux remover?

The personal hazard associated with a solvent is often defined using Threshold Limit Value (TLV), which is the recommended average exposure in an 8-hour day, 40 hour work week. The lower the TLV of a particular substance, the less a worker can be exposed to without harmful effects. TLV is stated on the SDS of chemical products, in additional to recommended personal protection equipment (or PPE). The threshold limit value of a solvent is generally set by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). The unit of measure is Parts Per Million (PPM).

What is the difference between degreaser and sanitizer?

A degreaser is intended to clean a surface, so remove contamination. A degreaser is designed specifically to remove oils, greases, and lubricants. Sanitizers are intended to kill various pathogenic agents, like bacteria and viruses. There are materials that can do both, like 70% isopropyl alcohol (per CDC guidelines for hard surface disinfecting), but don’t assume all degreasers will kill pathogens.

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