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Old 01-11-2017, 05:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I usually use citric acid -a is used in canning and such- for pistol and rifle brass cleaning in my ultrasonic cleaner.

Should also work for just dipping and soaking as well but agitation would probably be a good idea for uniformity.

Doesn't need to be a strong mixture.
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I use an amoniated solution every day to clean and polish brass clock movements. I have used ZEP orange degreaser with excellent results. It is available at most box stores. I use it in an ultrasonic.
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OK the reason I can not rub the parts is because they are old post office mail doors. I do not want to take them apart and all the nooks and crannies will not allow polish to get in and clean them even with a buffer. Tried all that. I will get some jewelry cleaner and see how that works. I thank everyone for the replys.
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John I just searched for "dip cleaning brass" and found that a strong ammonia solution is supposed to work. Get some ammonia cartridges for your respirator and the right goggles.

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John I just searched for "dip cleaning brass" and found that a strong ammonia solution is supposed to work. Get some ammonia cartridges for your respirator and the right goggles.

https://www.reference.com/home-garde...2d92ced537835b

Thanks Pete. Looks like an outdoor project. Heck with the 60 degree weather we are having here in NJ should be no problem
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I'll take that any day John. In your parlance it's -6 and going down to -30 by morning plus a big wind chill on top. You'd freeze your tarnished brass off in minutes. ;)
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I'll take that any day John. In your parlance it's -6 and going down to -30 by morning plus a big wind chill on top. You'd freeze your tarnished brass off in minutes. ;)
The problem is 2 days ago it was 8 degrees. This is the weather you get sick in. Fridgid 3 to 4 days and then the next 3 to 4 days 50 to 60 degrees and then the swing again. The winter has been this way so far. Saturday, 5 inches of snow. Today raining and all snow is gone. Not complaining at all.
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All those mentioning catsup or tabasco. It is just cheaper to use vinegar. That is the agent in catsup and tabasco that does the cleaning.
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All those mentioning catsup or tabasco. It is just cheaper to use vinegar. That is the agent in catsup and tabasco that does the cleaning.
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There will be no condiments used to clean these for sure. Save that for the hotdogs.
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Whoa, you put hot sauce on your hot dogs?


That's it, I'm planning a trip to New Jersey .... I gots to get in on this spicy dog action!
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