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Cleaners, Pretreatment remove drawing compounds and other metalworking fluids and can be applied by immersion and spray. To that end, we have developed a wide variety of cleaners to meet your specific requirements.

Cleaners, Spray

Aluminum Cleaner NSS is designed for high pressure spray cleaning of aluminum and its alloys, including sheet stock, castings, extruded shapes and tubing. It is adaptable for use in continuous aluminum strip operations. Effective in hard water, it does not leave the sludge or scale buildup that often occurs when silicated cleaners are used. Because of its mild deoxidizing properties, it brightens as well as cleans aluminum surfaces.
Gardoclean 338 U is a strong alkaline cleaner for cold-rolled and galvanized steel, as well as aluminum and its alloys. Gardoclean 338 U is applied by spray.
LADD is a liquid additive that supplements the ability of alkaline and acidic cleaning products to remove organic soils such as oils and greases. It also functions effectively as a defoamer. With a powerful solvent package in addition to its surfactants, Ladd has the ability to emulsify oils removed into the cleaner solution.
Low Heat Cleaner 1 is a modern, heavy-duty cleaner designed to help industry realize substantial fuel savings. Formulated for fast, thorough soak tank cleaning at temperatures as low as 90°F, it removes oil, grease, shop soils, drawing compounds and carbonaceous deposits from steel, copper, brass, and magnesium.
Low Heat Cleaner 3 is a heavy duty, low-foaming, highly alkaline liquid detergent. It's specially formulated for fast and thorough removal of stubborn soils, oils and greases from ferrous substrates at fuel-saving, low-to- medium operating temperatures. Formulated primarily for spray applications, Low Heat Cleaner 3 works well in agitated immersion applications as well.
Low Heat Cleaner 3 is a modern, heavy-duty alkaline liquid that's specially formulated for energy-saving, low-temperature cleaning in today's high-tech paper mills.
Low Heat Cleaner 5 is a heavy duty, low-foaming, highly alkaline, phosphorous-free liquid detergent. It's specially formulated for fast and thorough removal of stubborn soils, oils and greases from ferrous substrates at fuel-saving, low-to-medium operating temperatures. Formulated primarily for spray applications, Low Heat Cleaner 5 also works well in agitated immersion applications.
Permatreat 326 is a convenient, acid-based, liquid product formulated to clean and prepare plastic surfaces for painting. This product is particularly effective at cleaning difficult-to-remove contaminants from plastic surfaces. After rinsing, Permatreat 326 leaves a surface which promotes paint adhesion. Permatreat 326 is designed for spray washers and is compatible with other Chemetall products used in plastic cleaning systems. Permatreat 326 contains no CFCs or ODCs.
Pyrene 1055 is a liquid, inhibited, alkaline product formulated to clean steel, aluminum, zinc, copper, and brass in spray washers. A low-foaming material, its unique blend of alkalies, silicates and detergents gives it the ability to remove oils, lubricants, drawing compounds, and other difficult soils. Pyrene 1055 can also be used in highly agitated immersion tanks without excessive foaming and makes an excellent precleaner in phosphate and other prepaint treatment lines because its moderate alkalinity will not cause chemical imbalances in the pretreatment solution.
Pyrene 1075 is designed to remove buffing compound from steel or aluminum under high pressure spray or high volume cleaning equipment. The unique blend of wetting aents and alkalies enables Pyrene 1075 to penetrate and remove adherent soils, even dried on buffing compounds.
Pyrene US 1002 is a liquid, heavy-duty, low-temperature, low-foaming, alkaline detergent. It's specially formulated for fast and thorough spray cleaning of steel, cast iron and stainless steel at low temperature.
Pyrene US 1038 is a liquid, heavy-duty, low-foaming, alkaline detergent. It's specially formulated for fast and thorough spray or immersion cleaning of ferrous substrates at fuel-saving, low-to-medium operating temperatures.
Surfcon 300 is a non-phosphated, liquid, acidic cleaner and conditioner for aluminum, steel and other metals. Low-foaming, ideal for spray washer application, Surfcon 300 is used for the following: cleaning and conditioning metal surfaces prior to phosphating or chromating; prepaint preparation, particularly in areas having severe phosphate restrictions; removing brazing soldering and welding fluxes from brass and copper. It is also a good choice for cleaning and conditioning glass, and, is an excellent cleaner/conditioner for aluminum prior to electroplating.

Cleaners, Immersion

Aluminum Cleaner 164 is an inhibited alkaline compound containing silicates. It's for heavy duty tank cleaning of aluminum castings, forgings, extrusions, etc., and for cleaning aluminum sheet prior to anodizing, deoxidizing and prepaint treatments. Besides aluminum, the detergent can be used for cleaning steel, stainless steel, copper, zinc, brass and aluminum.
Aluminum Cleaner 166 is a non-silicated, non-etch, powdered alkaline soak cleaner for removing stencil markings, fingerprints, stamping oils, light grease and some buffing compounds from aluminum and its alloys. Aluminum Cleaner 166 meets BAC 5749 Alkaline Cleaning Specification.
Aluminum Cleaner NST is designed for immersion cleaning of aluminum and its alloys, including sheet, castings, extrusions and tubing. Aluminum Cleaner NST can also be used on ferrous and zinc substrates. Effective in hard water, it does not leave the sludge or scale build-up that often occurs when silicated cleaners are used. Because of its mild deoxidizing properties, it brightens as well as cleans aluminum surfaces.
Dynadet is a powdered, heavy-duty, alkaline immersion tank cleaner that attacks and quickly removes tough greasy and oily deposits, carbon, drawing compounds and some paint films. It also removes light rust and brightens stainless steel.
Gardoclean 390LA is a strong alkaline immersion cleaner for iron or steel materials to remove penetrated phosphate and Gardolube coatings after cold forming.
Gardoclean T 5316 is a mildly-alkaline, liquid cleaner for aluminum and other metals used by immersion. A blend of alkalis, surfactants and solvents, it does not contain silicates and has a low operating pH making it easy to use and dispose of. Gardoclean T 5316 can be used in pre-paint treatment lines because it is exceptionally free rinsing and leaves a water break-free surface. It will remove most metalworking fluids and shop soils without attacking aluminum substrates or leaving scale deposits on the equipment. Gardoclean T 5316 will brighten some aluminum surfaces.
Gardoclean T 5400 is a heavy duty, highly alkaline liquid detergent. It's specially formulated for fast and thorough removal of stubborn soils, oils and greases from multiple substrates at fuel-saving, low-to-medium operating temperatures. Gardoclean T 5400 is formulated primarily for immersion applications.
HD 126 is a powdered, heavy-duty, alkaline cleaner for immersion and rotating barrel applications. HD 126 is formulated to remove mill oils, fabricating oils, smut and shop soils from iron and steel. HD 126 features exceptionally strong surfactant penetrating action and soil-dispersing ability for thorough cleaning and rinsing, as well as long solution life for material savings. HD 126 emulsifies oils, even at high operating temperatures, preventing redeposition on work pieces as they are removed from the tank. HD 126 has no EDTA-type chelates which can interfere with precipitation waste treatment systems, but it does have sequestrants to reduce scale from hard water salts. Because it’s free-rinsing, HD 126 is ideal for use prior to conversion coating processes, electroplating and vitreous enameling.
Inpro-Clean 1300 is a low-foaming, mildly alkaline, liquid cleaner for in-process cleaning and pre-paint cleaning operations. Its exceptional cleaning ability includes: removing difficult soils, such as polishing and buffing compounds, as well as, stencil ink, drawing compounds, oils, greases, and metalworking fluids. Inpro-Clean 1300 is a non-silicated, non-caustic cleaner with the versatility of multi-metal safety and the heavy-duty detergency required for ferrous-metal cleaning.
Inpro-Clean 2000 is a modern, state-of-the-art cleaning formulation designed to meet today’s stringent safety and environmental regulations. The product contains no carbonates, phosphorous, solvents, glycol ethers, NPE surfactants, chelates, VOCs, terpenes or other regulated harmful constituents.
Inpro-Clean 2500 is a low foaming mildly alkaline powdered cleaner for in-process metal fabrication operations. Its surfactant system is designed to remove difficult soils such as polishing and buffing compounds. It also removes metalworking fluids, oil and grease and drawing compounds. Inpro- Clean 2500 is a non-silicated, non-caustic, cleaner that is generally multi-metal safe while providing heavy duty detergency for many ferrous metal cleaning applications.
Inpro-Clean 3800 is a liquid, alkaline cleaner for in-process cleaning, as well as, pretreatment cleaning. Inpro-Clean 3800 removes buffing and polishing compounds, oils, greases, stencil inks and metal working fluids without the use of phosphates or chelates. It offers multi-metal safety, while delivering heavy-duty detergency usually found in highly caustic cleaners.
Liquid Dynadet is a liquid, single-package, heavy-duty, alkaline, immersion cleaner that attacks and quickly removes tough oil, grease, carbon and drawing compounds. It is particularly well suited for rotating barrel cleaning of steel parts and is suitable for cleaning prior to prepaint treatments and other metal finishing operations. Liquid Dynadet is primarily formulated for cleaning iron and steel.
Oakite 61B is an inhibited alkaline immersion cleaner for aluminum sheet, extrusions, forgings and castings. It is also suitable for cleaning other metals such as steel and titanium. Oakite 61B is especially formulated to remove stenciled identification inks (even baked-on inks), oils and shop soils with no attack on the base metal. After rinsing, it provides a chemically clean, water-break free surface. Because of its controlled foaming property, Oakite 61B can be used in an air agitated tank. Oakite 61B is particularly suited for lines processing aluminum per US military specification MIL-DTL-5541 Type I.
Oakite 90 is a powdered alkaline material designed to anodically remove smut, oil and other shop soils from steel prior to plating. It is also applicable for reverse current cleaning of copper and copper plated steel. The material features high conductivity and long solution life.
Oakite 190 is a reverse current electrocleaner for removing especially difficult smut, embedded soils or light rust from ferrous metals. Built-in chelating action helps combat extremely hard water conditions.
Oakite 195 is an inhibited alkaline, reverse current electrocleaner, primarily designed for zinc-based die castings, copper and steel. It may also be used with direct current for copper, brass, lead and Brittania metal or with periodic reverse current for brass, copper, zinc and some other metals.
Oakite 295 is formulated for anodically cleaning sensitive surfaces of zinc base die castings. Mildly inhibited, it provides non-etch conditioning when used as recommended, creating a surface ideal for subsequent plating of copper, nickel and chrome. It also can be used as a general purpose electrocleaner on a large variety of alloys including steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze and copper, as well as nickel and lead — using direct current.
Pyrene 1227 is a liquid non-silicated, phosphate-free, mildly alkaline cleaner for mixed metals. Applied by immersion, it removes oils, buffing compounds, and shop soils form steel, aluminum, copper, and brass. Its unique blend of wetting agents and alkalies enable it to penetrate and remove adherent soils, even dried on buffing compounds. Because of its low pH, Pyrene 1227 is easier to dispose of than highly alkaline products and is an ideal soak cleaner prior to electrocleaning.
Pyrene 1323 is a powdered, multi-metal, silicate-free, alkaline cleaner for immersion applications. Pyrene 1323 can be used on iron, steel, aluminum and zinc.
Form: Powder
Cleans: Iron and copper alloys prior to electroplating.
TecnoClean is a liquid, acidic cleaner containing surfactants specifically formulated for use in the cleaning of aluminum and its alloys. At the recommended concentration, temperature, and immersion time, Tecnoclean will thoroughly clean the aluminum surface and produce a slight etch which is uniform over the entire surface.

Cleaners, Spray/Immersion

BP 181 is a low-foaming, low-temperature, alkaline, powdered material that removes a wide variety of soils from most metals. In addition to being an excellent cleaner (with the ability to remove forming and cutting oils, drawing lubricants and other shop soils), BP 181 contains ingredients which activate metal surfaces to improve subsequently applied crystalline phosphate prepaint conversion coatings.
Gardobond X 4548 is a zirconium-based advanced pretreatment process that coats multiple substrates by spray or immersion. Formulated for use on steel, iron, aluminum, zinc and magnesium substrates, Gardobond X 4548 is compatible with most liquid, powder and electrocoat paints. Gardobond X 4548 is free of regulated heavy metals for simplified waste treatment, and produces little sludge for easy maintenance. Gardobond X 4548 is formulated to achieve paint performance similar to or better than an iron phosphate process.
Gardoclean S 5065 is a liquid, phosphate-free, multi-metal, alkaline cleaner for spray and agitated immersion applications. This unique formulation can be used on iron, steel, aluminum, zinc, titanium, copper, brass and magnesium when operating within parameters. Because it's free-rinsing, Gardoclean S 5065 is ideal for use prior to pre-paint treatments and other conversion coating processes.
Gardoclean S 5180 is a premium, heavy-duty, liquid alkaline builder for cleaning steel, aluminum and zinc substrates by spray or immersion. Gardoclean S 5180 is used with a separate surfactant additive. It is highly concentrated and non-silicated. Gardoclean S 5180 has no EDTA chelates which caninterfere with precipitation waste treatment systems. Because it contains no sodium, it is free-rinsing.
Gardoclean S 5206 is a liquid, moderately alkaline cleaner for pretreatment and in-process cleaning. Gardoclean S 5206 has the ability to remove difficult soils such as polishing and buffing compounds, stencil ink, drawing compounds, oils, greases, and metalworking fluids. It is safe on most metals including aluminum. Gardoclean S 5206 is free rinsing and its moderate pH reduces alkaline carry-over into subsequent stages. Gardoclean S 5206 is suitable for both spray and agitated immersion applications followed. Working baths will typically have a pH below 12.
Gardoclean 5213 is a liquid, inhibited, alkaline product formulated to clean steel, aluminum, zinc, copper, and brass in spray washing machines. A low-foaming material, its unique blend of alkalies, silicates and detergents gives it the ability to remove oils, lubricants, drawing compounds, and other difficult soils. Gardoclean S 5213 can also be used in highly agitated immersion tanks without excessive foaming and makes an excellent precleaner in phosphate and other prepaint treatment lines because its moderate alkalinity will not cause chemical imbalances in the pretreatment solution.
Gardoclean S 5219 is a liquid, multi-metal, silicate-free, worker-friendly alkaline cleaner for spray and agitated immersion applications. Gardoclean S 5219 can be used on iron, steel, aluminum and zinc.
Gardoclean S 5652 is a highly-alkaline liquid designed to effectively clean a wide variety of metals and plastics in preparation for painting. This highly alkaline product is effective in removing most soils associated with metal and plastics. It is effective at temperatures as low as 120°F (49°C) and has a low silicate content.
Gardoclean S 5657 is a liquid, alkaline detergent. It's specially formulated for fast and thorough spray cleaning of ferrous substrates. Gardoclean S 5657 is free of boron, phosphorus and silicate.
Gardoclean S 5689 is a highly-alkaline liquid designed to effectively clean metal and plastics in preparation for painting. This highly alkaline product is effective in removing most soils associated with metal and plastics. It is effective at temperatures as low as 120°F (49°C).
Gardoclean TP 10367 is a heavy-duty, fast-working, stubborn-soil remover composed of special wetting agents, sequestrants and alkali in a low foaming formulation. This carefully balanced blend of ingredients makes this liquid detergent highly effective as a precleaner in paint pretreatment systems.
Gardoclean VP 4629 L/Gardoclean VP 4628 is a liquid, alkaline cleaning system. This cleaning system is formulated to remove medium to heavy fabricating soils from steel, aluminum and zinc-coated substrates. The Gardoclean VP 4629 L/Gardoclean VP 4628 system is particularly suitable as a degreasing and cleaning agent prior to conversion coating.
Okemclean is a low-foaming, heavy-duty detergent specially formulated for application either in high pressure spray washers or in agitated immersion tanks. The multi-metal cleaner removes a multitude of tenacious soils at energy-saving temperatures as low as 27°C (80°F). It's effective on most metals, including aluminum, steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper, brass and magnesium.
STC is a low-foaming, premium-quality detergent designed to do the most demanding cleaning jobs at temperatures as low at 90°F (32°C). Although it's formulated primarily for fast and thorough spray and immersion cleaning of ferrous substrates, STC can also be used to clean stainless steel and magnesium. It can be used to clean aluminum and zinc substrates as well, but there will be some chemical attack. STC removes fabricating soils, mill oils, metalworking fluids, drawing compounds and carbonaceous deposits. Because of its sequestering action, STC works well in hard water and it rinses freely.
Pyrene 1067 is a liquid, low-foaming, highly alkaline cleaner for use in spray and immersion applications. It can be used to remove organic soils from steel, aluminum, zinc and magnesium substrates. Depending on operating parameters, there will be etching of aluminum and zinc substrates.
Pyrene 1073 is a liquid, low-foaming, alkaline detergent for aluminum. It's specially formulated for fast and thorough spray or agitated immersion cleaning of aluminum alloys at fuel-saving, low-to-medium operating temperatures. Pyrene 1073 will slightly brighten some aluminum surfaces, and it will not form sludge in the tank.

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