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Electrical Contact Cleaner

A Fast-Drying Cleaner for General Industrial & Maintenance Use

FD Electrical Contact Cleaner is a fast drying, multi-purpose industrial and maintenance cleaner. It replaces ozone-depleting CFC's, trichloroethane, HCFC's, perchloroethylene and other carcinogenic chlorinated solvents. FD Cleaner effectively dissolves industrial grimes, greases, lubrication fluids, silicone, tars, adhesives, and fluxes.

FD Electrical Contact Cleaner evaporates quickly without a residue. It is suitable for use in electrical maintenance as a replacement for 1,1,1-trichloroethane. Transformer oils, corrosion inhibitor compounds, silicone grease, semi-conducting paints, and many other kinds of electrical grime clean up quickly with FD Cleaner.


Dielectric Strength (ASTM D877)
Relative Evaporation Rate
Residue (ASTM D 2369)
Flashpoint (ASTM D 56)
Initial Boiling Point
Specific Gravity
Percent Aromatics
Propellant (aerosol only)
Cleaning Strength
36 KV
< 100 ppm
~ 20°F (< -5°C)
141°F (60°C)
< 0.1%


  • Multiple packages to fit different end uses
  • Fast evaporating
  • Good general solvency power
  • One cleaner for many needs
  • Contains no CFC's or HCFC's
  • Contains no chlorinated solvents
  • Harmless to most plastics
  • Non-conductive, non-corrosive, non-staining


    FD Electrical Contact Cleaner has a variable spray head (low, medium, high) for better spray control. FD is suitable for many types of cleaning and degreasing, including contact cleaning, cable cleaning, and communication and electrical maintenance cleaning. It can be used as a spray, wipe, or solvent rinse. FD is effective at room temperature. It does not freeze and can be used in cold weather applications. FD is authorized by the USDA for use in federally inspected meat and poultry plants.

    FD Electrical Contact Cleaner has good solvency power. Cleaning time and effectiveness will vary based on the contaminant and cleaning method. Wiping or agitation cleans faster than just soaking. Experiment with your particular contaminant and conditions.

    FD Electrical Contact Cleaner is compared to other solvent types in the chart below. A stainless steel surface is coated with 50 mils of contaminating compound. The surface is immersed and lightly agitated in FD solvent. The time at which the contaminant has dissolved is noted.

    Silicone Electrical Insulating Compound
    Cleaner Cleaning Time
    Type FD Cleaner < 2 Minutes
    Odorless Mineral Spirits 5 Minutes
    Isopropyl Alcohol > 5 Minutes

    Hydrocarbon Lubricating Grease
    Cleaner Cleaning Time
    Type FD Cleaner < 3 Minutes
    Odorless Mineral Spirits > 5 Minutes
    Isopropyl Alcohol >> 5 Minutes

    Cable Filling Grease (PE/PJ)
    Cleaner Cleaning Time
    Type FD Cleaner 5 Minutes
    Odorless Mineral Spirits > 5 Minutes
    Isopropyl Alcohol >> 5 Minutes

    Oxide Inhibiting Compound
    Cleaner Cleaning Time
    Type FD Cleaner < 1 Minute
    Odorless Mineral Spirits < 2 Minutes
    Isopropyl Alcohol >> 5 Minutes

    FD Electrical Contact Cleaner contains no surfactants and leaves no residue once dried. For precision cleaning (residue free use), prevent recontamination with existing grime by finishing with a fresh wipe, spraying until the solvent runs clear, or rinsing in a fresh bath of FD cleaner.

    FD Electrical Contact Cleaner is fast evaporating and does not require forced air to dry. In areas where solvent has pooled, the part may be wiped with an absorbent, lint-free towel.

    Evaporation Rate
    FD Cleaner 40 mg/min.
    1,1,1, Trichloroethane 50 mg/min.
    Perchloroethylene 20 mg/min.
    Isopropyl Alcohol 10 mg/min.
    Odorless Mineral Spirits .3 mg/min.


    FD Electrical Contact Cleaner will not corrode or stain metal parts. It does not tarnish or corrode copper per ASTM D130 and D1729.

    FD Electrical Contact Cleaner is compatible with most plastics and elastomers. Tables I and II show the effect of FD on various plastics and rubbers.

    Testing, shown in charts I and II, is based on a soak test described in ASTM D543. FD may temporarily swell some rubber compounds. These rubbers should return to their original state after the cleaner has evaporated. Immersion will affect sensitive materials more than incidental contact of a spray or wipe. It is recommended that all plastic parts, gaskets, seals and O-rings be tested for specific use and exposure method.


    AGING 72 HOURS AT 50°C
    ABS +0.81 0 NC
    Acrylic +0.06 +0.15 NC
    CPE Thermoplastic +6.49 0 NC
    CPE Thermoset -6.51 0 NC
    Delrin® +0.24 0 NC
    Epoxy +0.08 0 NC
    Nylon 101 +0.70 +0.27 NC
    Polycarbonate +0.18 0 NC
    Phenolic +6.99 +9.00 NC
    Polyethylene +12.46 +3.78 NC
    Polystyrene +31.49 +33.12 SF
    PVC -0.03 0 NC
    Teflon® +0.07 0 NC
    Tygon® -0.17 +6.62 NC
    Ultem® 1000 -0.08 +0.27 NC
    Valox® 420 +0.10 +1.12 NC

    AGING 72 HOURS AT 50°C
    EPDM +100.88 +37.15 S
    Neoprene +2.36 +2.72 NC
    Nitrile +2.00 +5.26 NC
    SBR +16.96 +31.53 SS
    Silicone +65.97 +47.50 S
    Viton® +1.98 +4.43 NC

    KEY: NC=NO CHANGE        Type FD™ is a trademark of American Polywater Corporation
         SF=SOFTENING        Delrin® and Teflon® are trademarks of Du Pont
         SS=SLIGHT SWELLING  Ultem® 1000 and Valox® 420 are trademarks of G.E. Plastics
          S=SWELLING         Tygon® is a trademark of Norton Performance Plastics
    Viton® is a trademark of Du Pont Dow Elastomers


    FDElectrical Contact Cleaner has a low level of toxicity. As with any solvent, ventilation should be sufficient to keep vapors at safe levels. Avoid eye contact and excessive skin contact. Wash hands with soap and water after using.

    FD Electrical Contact Cleaner is an extremely flammable liquid. It should not be used on energized equipment. FD should not be used for high temperature cleaning or exposed to pilot lights, flames or heated surfaces. Good industrial hygiene practice and appropriate precautions should be employed during use. See MSDS for specific details.


    FD Electrical Contact Cleaner is classified as flammable. Keep containers cool, dry and away from sources of ignition and oxidizing materials. Do not expose aerosol cans to direct sunlight or temperatures above 120°F (50°C). Do not puncture or incinerate aerosol cans. Aerosol cans are freeze/thaw stable. This product has a shelf life of three years.

    Type FD Package Size Units/CS Image
    FD-9 16 fluid oz. (475 ml) aerosol can with adjustable nozzle. Net wt 9 oz. 12
    FD-35LF 1-quart (.95 liters) bottle with flip top 12
    ST-R Trigger sprayer fits pint & quart bottles 12
    FD-128 1-gallon (3.8 liters) can 4
    FD-640 5-gallon (18.9 liters) pail 1
    FD-DRUM 55-gallon (208 liters) drum 1

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    Important Notice: The statements and information here are made in good faith based on tests and observations we believe to be reliable. However, the completeness and accuracy of the information is not guaranteed. Before using, the end-user should conduct whatever evaluations are necessary to determine that the product is suitable for the intended use. The user assumes all risks and liability in connection with such use. The statements contained herein are made in lieu of all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, which warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed. American Polywater's only obligation shall be to replace such quantity of the product proven to be defective. Except for the replacement remedy, American Polywater shall not be liable for any loss, injury or damage, direct or indirect, arising from the use or the failure to properly use these products, regardless of the legal theory asserted. The foregoing may not be altered except by a written agreement by the officers of American Polywater Corporation.

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