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I have a sterlingworth that I am restocking. For the moment at least I just want to do a turbo-cleaning on the action and parts while I have it all apart. I am sure this has been discussed before, but I couldn't find anything significant. Apart from "scrub, kid" what would you use to clean inside/outside, any tips, etc? (There is a small amount of case color left if that makes any difference) Anything else I should do while I'm at it?
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An ultrasonic cleaning is the best way but expensive.

I've boiled them in water and TSP, rinsed in hot water, blown dry and soaked in oil afterwords. Has worked well for me.


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Mr. Robs way is easy & no cost so to speak. It will work as well as any other method & is quick. Ken



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Thanks guys. TSP??? That's a new one for me...obvious I'm sure but I be slow.

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TSP is tri-sodium phosphate. It is available at hardware stores like Home Depot and is usually packaged in paper milk carton like containers, and found near the painting supplies. It is cheap and effective and won't give you liver cancer like many organic solvent degreasers. Use it as you would with any strong powdered detergent, rinse and dry well, and re-lubricate.


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brake clean works real well also. auto parts store.

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Dipping the whole thing in carbureutor cleaner works very well. Not much scrubbing required. It takes off all oils and greases that have 'lacquered up'.

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A regular residential dishwasher does a great job except for the truly oxidized/polymerised lube oils. Aerosol heavy duty oven cleaner will remove those. So will automotive choke/carb cleaner.

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I have heard people say that some of the automotive cleaners (brake?) would remove case colors. Am I thinking of something else, or is that still the case?

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None of the Break cleaners or such that I have used would remove case colors. I would think that a cleaner would have to be acidic or corrosive to affect the case colors. One would not want to put anything like that on break parts or carburators for that matter. My solution was to buy an old but working ultrasonic cleaner from a dentist. Nothing I know of will clean as well. David

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