Cosmoline is a viscous waxy coating used for corrosion prevention and surface protection. There are many different brands each with varying properties.
Cosmoline consistency is similar to thick molasses when wet and tough wax when dry. It is designed to stay on many kinds of surfaces at very high or low temperatures and is highly resistant to water.
Removing Cosmoline is difficult because it is designed as a protective coating. Once cosmoline dries to a waxy film, it is difficult to remove and water does not wash it off. Hand washing with solvents is the predominate method used for cleaning cosmoline in many industries. Hand wiping with solvent is slow, hazardous and labor intensive.
A StingRay aqueous parts washer easily removes Cosmoline. Cosmoline removal in a StingRay is a product of the proper aqueous cleaning process. Removal of cosmoline with a Stingray aqueous parts washer requires all four cleaning factors. A washing temperatures above 185 degree F (85 C), the proper mild alkaline detergent with low foaming characteristics (Power Kleen V is very successful,) a high hydraulic impact pressure with a power density of .7 or more, and a short 15 to 20 minute power wash cycle using the unique oscillating manifold in all Stingray parts washers.
Most components with cosmoline to remove are clean and ready for inspection in short 15 minute cycles. The StingRay power wash cycle consists of wash, rinse, rust protect and flash dry.
Wash-Heated Rinse-Flash Dry
Eliminate Solvent Cleaning
Save Labor - No manual cleaning
Environmentally safe detergent