Today and next Monday we will be highlighting some of our cleaning chemicals at All-Spec.com, as well as their common uses. This week we are focusing on aerosol sprays, and next we will go into general liquid cleaning chemicals.
Widely used in both production facilities and homes, aerosol dusters are used for removing large particles from products. The main difference between various dusters is the strength of the spray and the purity of the air.
Typically the strength of the spray is determined by the size of the nozzle opening. If you want more pressure then go for a smaller opening, but if you need to cover a large area then you will want a larger opening.
For some sensitive parts the purity of the air may be a concern. For instance, the Techspray 1671-10 Ultra Pure duster uses a moisture free inert gas to remove particles without any harmful solvents. As always, contact the manufacturer of the aerosol if you have specific questions as to which type of duster is correct for your application.
Contact cleaners are very similar to aerosol dusters, but they include a cleaning agent that typically evaporates after use. When comparing contact cleaners you should look at compatible materials and whether or not they leave a residue.
In general, contact cleaners are used to remove oxidation, corrosion, dirt, and grease on metal surfaces. If you are working with other materials like plastics then you should check your cleaner’s specifications to ensure that it will not harm your product. If your components are especially sensitive, or if you need to have a clear surface after cleaning, then be sure to use a contact cleaner that does not leave a residue behind.
Flux removers are used exactly how you would think, to remove fluxes from products after soldering. The main thing to look for in flux removers is what flux it can actually remove. Because there are many types of fluxes, each with different residues that are left behind, you need to check the flux remover’s compatibility with your project.
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