6 Essential Chemicals for Metalwork and Machinery Shops

At Bodyshield, we know metalwork and machinery shops rely on various chemical products to operate efficiently.

From cleaning and degreasing to coating and protecting metal surfaces, chemicals play an important role ensuring these organizations do their best work.

In this blog, we’ll go over 6 essential chemical products each metalwork and machinery shop need to have based on our experience servicing them for decades.

Final Wash

This chemical is the perfect choice for cleaning and degreasing metal parts before welding, machining, or painting.

Final Wash ensures a pristine, contaminant-free surface for subsequent processes, enhancing the overall quality of the work.

If you’d like more information on our bestselling final wash, contact us on our website or social pages.

Lacquer Thinner

Lacquer Thinner is a versatile solvent ideal for removing lacquer-based coatings, paints, and varnishes from metal surfaces.

This is especially invaluable when stripping old coatings in metalwork applications.


Popular in most metalwork shops, Xylene is a versatile solvent for cleaning, degreasing, and dissolving adhesives, or paints on metal surfaces.

In addition, it’s also an ingredient in certain metal coatings and formulations.


Acetone is a powerful solvent renowned for its ability to clean and degrease metal surfaces swiftly. Its rapid evaporation and residue-free properties make it an excellent choice for preparing metal parts for various processes.

Luckily, we have a write-up that goes into the benefits of acetone in multiple industries. If you use acetone in your warehouse, check it out today. 


Another essential solvent is Toluene. This chemical finds its place in metalwork by serving as a cleaning agent and paint/coating remover.

Effortlessly, it dissolves adhesives, paints, and coatings, ensuring metal surfaces are ready for the next steps of production.


A staple in metalwork shops, IPA is another reliable cleaning agent and degreaser.

Not only does it evaporate quickly but leaves behind no residue—making it perfect for cleaning metal parts and precision equipment.

After 30 years of working with metalwork and machinery shops in the Greater Montreal Area, we know how effective chemicals can be in a company’s production.

If you’re an organization in need of a supplier or want to learn more about the quality of our products, feel free to contact us or explore our social pages.