The warnings about brake cleaner have been widely posted but this is the same exact chemical hidden in white lithium grease. For years I have welded on tubing that had lithium grease on it and I am sure many people have too as it is such a commonly used lube for tube bending.
not feeling well tonight guys, I made about 3 tack welds on a painted rack and apparently inhaled some fumes. didnt think it would be a big deal it took 30 seconds, everyone please b careful especially if you are new to welding like me
Also, If you plan on welding on galvanized steel then you should set up a fan next to your work piece, metal fume fever is no fun but a glass of tall milk will ease the side affects. Galvanization makes a white powder once its burned but you can wipe that off with ease. Its the fumes that get your gut in knots. It wont kill you too fast but its not such a nice feeling.
Didn't see it it mentioned, but I keep a spray bottle with denatured alcohol in my garage for most of my easy cleaning. I use more potent stuff for some of the tuff cleaning but the alcohol is nicer to work with. Not as toxic as most other cleaners and it evaporates quickly with no residue.
Well I know not to use brake cleaner anymore... Anyone suggest something safe to clean the oily film off?
I really like the metal cleaner that POR sells called Marine Clean. Mixes with water and it will do a great job of getting rid of grease. Just wear gloves because it is hard on your skin. Purple Power and Simple Green work too.