I was advised on a bicycle forum to use Naphtha to clean my bike chain.
I was previously using paint thinner.
I found that Simple Green worked as well and is environmentally friendly.
So what other uses can I use the Naphtha for?
Naphtha is just like a clean gasoline. I use it in a Coleman lamp.
Octane would be different but you could add small quantities to gasoline
tanks in car, lawn mower etc.
I had an interesting experience in bicycle chain cleaning in that I was
using WD40 and came into a spray can of Teflon mold release agent and
tried it. It cleaned and lubricated the chain very well but after a few
weeks I noticed the chain was rusting. Since there was no hydrocarbon
in the cleaner, there was no protection against rusting.
You might look into this as I am not sure the stuff in Simple Green will
offer rust protection.
I've got an earlier version of the tool that I use with Simple Green but
as the the instructions point out I lube the chain after cleaning it. I
prefer Boeshield. Unlike some of Boeing's designs, it works.
on 8/4/2020, AK supposed :
In a shipboard firefighting school it was mentioned that a candle-like
apparatus was used to test for sufficient oxygen levels before entering
voids or other non-ventilated spaces to work. It was also mentioned
that Naphtha was the fuel used in the candle. It was the first time I
ever heard the word Naphtha.
That being said, I can't find any mention of it online so I can't back
up my claim. So, it is a take it or leave it sort of thing.
As the resident pedant, I'd like to point out that the word is
pronounced naftha, just like it's spelled. Similar to the word
ophthamology, which is correctly pronounced off- or ofthamology.
Also, there is no need, no point to capitalizing the word naphtha unless
you are referring to some named brand of it, like Fels Naphtha. BTW,
the latter was a soap with some amount of naphta included. Wikip says
"As naphtha is no longer an ingredient, the product is no longer a
cancer risk. "
"The newly formulated product is still used to remove urushiol, the oil
associated with poison ivy and poison oak. " and for pretreating stains
I think they make something similar for motorcycles but I don't have
one. It's kerosene and a toothbrush. My dentist keeps me well supplied
with toothbrushes. I wish she'd throw in some of those explorer
thingies; they're real handy too.
On Tue, 4 Aug 2020 01:06:58 -0700 (PDT), AK
Naphtha is the secret ingredient in most gasoline additives like
Yamaha Ring Free and other miracle cures. If they mix it with some
ethanol it is dry gas.