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#606213 11/13/21 11:00 PM
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For cleaning with an ultrasonic cleaner - what's the best additive? Will be cleaning SxS parts.

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Be very wary of the cleaning additives supplied for US cleaners. They are REALLY good at removing any oxides including hardening colour!!!! I stripped an action and parts of all colour the first time through and haven't made the same mistake since!
The chemicals are great for jewellery but not so well advised for gun parts!
I use good old dishwasher powder or even washing-up liquid.

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Le Fusil & Toby - thank you.

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Distilled water is probably a good idea if your water has minerals that may discolor your project.

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I have always used Biological Laundry detergent powder or liquid both work well.


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I use Creststone 235 diluted, it works very well and is easy on the finish.


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I hate to show my ignorance, but can you put the entire action in the ultrasonic cleaner machine or does it have to be taken to pieces? Some of us are better than others using a turnscrew (screwdriver). I’m at high risk for buggering a screw, sadly. BTW, which machine would one recommend? I’ve looked at the Lyman 2500 and Lyman 6000.


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I fill my Lyman 6000 with distilled water which I drain back into the jug once done. I use Simple Green properly diluted. The part(s) to be cleaned go into a good zip-lock bag with the diluted simple green. Once done I empty the cleaning solution, clean the bag, then spray the part(s) with QD Electronic Cleaner, blow off the remaining residue, then spray the part(s) with CLP, blow off the residue, then wipe dry and let the part(s) air dry for a few hours. I do suggest you use the basket that comes with the ultrasonic cleaner.

Do you fellas use the heater function of your ultrasonic cleaner?

Next time I'll try using Dawn vs SG.


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Originally Posted by Buzz
I hate to show my ignorance, but can you put the entire action in the ultrasonic cleaner machine or does it have to be taken to pieces? Some of us are better than others using a turnscrew (screwdriver). I’m at high risk for buggering a screw, sadly. BTW, which machine would one recommend? I’ve looked at the Lyman 2500 and Lyman 6000.

Buzz, I too hate to take a complete action apart. I’ve had good luck putting the entire action in the cleaner. I’ll run my Lyman a couple or three eight minute cycles and then take out and rinse under hot tap water, shake out well and then put it under a hot light (200 watt shop light) and dry it. I lubricate lightly all parts and depend on the wicking of the oil to lubricate the hidden parts. Works well for me. And a very good gunsmith put me onto this, he does the same thing when cleaning actions. To each his own….


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