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Re: Aerosol Brake Cleaner Alternative

At a public hearing next week, the staff of the California Air Resources
Board will be proposing an eventual phase out on the sale and use of
automotive brake cleaning products containing halogneated solvents (such as
perchloroethylene and TCE).  One of the rationale is that there over 60% of
the brake cleaning products sold are non-perc products and that these
product comply with the state VOC standards.

For more information, contact Tony Andreoni at tandreoi@arb.ca.gov.

Todd Wong

Tracy Wyhlidko wrote:

> Hello all,
> I have two automotive shop related questions.
> 1) I am looking for an alternative to an aerosol brake parts cleaner for
> our mechanics.  Currently they are using a product manufactured by Tisco
> called CRC Brakleen, Brake Parts Cleaner.  This product contains
> tetrachloroethylene (TCE) as a main ingredient along with some other
> hazardous chemicals.  Not good for employees breathing the fumes!  The
> product is used to de-grease prior to assembling the brakes.  Are there
> any non toxic or less toxic products for brake cleaning available in
> aerosol or spray cans?  What other alternative products should I be
> looking into for brake cleaning operations?
> 2) I am also researching a product called Omni-All II, All purpose
> cleaner and degreaser, made by Nor-Bay Industries in Santa Rosa, CA.
> (www.omniall.com).   The MSDS sheet says this product contains
> Surfactant, Sodium Metasilicate Petahydrate, Butyl Carbitol (Glycol
> Ethers), Tetrapotassium Pyrophosphate, and Phosphate.  Has anyone out
> there actually used this product?  Does anyone have any information
> about these ingredients?
> Thank you in advance for all of your good advice.  Sincerely, Tracy
> Wyhlidko
> --
> Tracy Wyhlidko, Pretreatment Coordinator, City of Eureka, 4301 Hilfiker
> Lane, Eureka, CA 95503, Tel: (707) 441-4362, Fax: (707) 441-4366, Email:
> pretre@tidepool.com