Originally Posted by Tango
Attention any welders!!! Serious Safety Issue!!!
I just came across the info in the link below and think any of us hobby welders need to be aware of this potentially lethal combination. I have used "Brake Cleaner" to remove oils & such many times prior to welding but will find another option after reading this. Surprised the fool out of me. Please pass on as you see fit.
Safety Alert! Brake Cleaner = Phosgene Gas - BREW Bikes LLC
I'd not heard this one before ... but in 2 seconds of a search I came up with a LOT more stories just like yours. This one for example:
DANGER using BrakeCleaner to clean your Parts
Since I have done pretty much the same thing, I decided to check what I had on the shelf. I bought a couple cans of CARQUEST WEAREVER Brake Parts Cleaner less than a month ago.
Guess what? The contents are not even listed on the can! All the can tells us is "This product contains a chemical or chemicals know to the State of California blab, blab, blab!" NOTHING that would tell even a concerned consumer what was in the can. I had to search for a Material Safety Data Sheet for the answer.
Heating chemicals can change them from a material that is safe to work with into a killer. Heating freon, for example, can have the same deadly results.
Sorry If I hijacked your thread but ...
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS WARNING!!!
I will be passing this on.