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Old 05-19-2019, 12:51 PM   #1
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Kids gave me a gift card for HD some time ago and I bought this nifty Ultrasonic cleaner which I have used to clean clock parts.

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When I got the old Standard Gauge 10 body that someone screwed up with black paint I figured I would have to buy all new handrail stanchions.

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But they cleaned up great with the ultrasonic cleaner. My home brew formula was: Hot water, baking soda, and a little dish detergent (dawn).

So the question is who also uses one of these ultrasonic devices and what solvent/mix have you used on what parts with success?
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Old 05-19-2019, 01:39 PM   #2
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Wow. First time I'm seeing an ultrasonic being used on train parts. Neat. How big of an item can you fit in there???

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Old 05-19-2019, 02:16 PM   #3
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used an ultrasonic for maybe six years ...
one of my goto's is simple green thinned with water, on HO shells
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It has a basket 5.5 x 3 x 2.5 so you can't put to big a part in there.

It may have worked well on the nickel handrail stanchions and brass handrails simply because the paint hadn't adhered well. But I didn't see any way to clean those parts by hand. Someone here said they used boiling water to remove paint but the water I used in my mix was never that hot.

Hardly a commercial unit but it did the job I needed.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:37 PM   #5
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We had one of those at the range I managed almost 20 years ago. Did I really fine job on pistol barrels, slides, and other small parts.
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I think I'd be careful what I used it on.

This Victrola nameplate has paint I wanted to preserve.

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... cleaned up just fine with GO JO hand cleaner.

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I figure the ultrasonic might remove the insulation from armatures and such so I just use the GO JO.
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We had one of those at the range I managed almost 20 years ago. Did I really fine job on pistol barrels, slides, and other small parts.
What did you use as cleaning solution?
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Really nice job Bob, and a little cheaper than using a Rock Tumbler, to do a similar job.. Now I need to check which one to opt for, to mainly clean Prewar wheels, of which I have loads of. Using a Dremel with a wire brush, gets messy, & takes too much time.
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Really nice job Bob, and a little cheaper than using a Rock Tumbler, to do a similar job.. Now I need to check which one to opt for, to mainly clean Prewar wheels, of which I have loads of. Using a Dremel with a wire brush, gets messy, & takes too much time.
Why cheaper than a rock tumbler? The tumbler itself?
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Mike, The ultrasonic cleaner from HD is in the $30+ range, compared to a single drum tumbler from Harbor Freight at a cost of $45. That was the point I was making. It’s two different methods, to an end result of clean parts.
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