How I clean my machinery parts

  1. spencer 427

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    Morning guys.
    Thought I would start a thread about how I clean my machinery parts and the tools involved. Some of you would of seen my shaper refurbishing on the forum. This is one part of the cube I am cleaning up so thought I'd share.
    Ok. First picture is the part in a tray. I use gunk to remove oil and grime. The gunk will remove some crud but not all. I use a small paint brush to apply and a scraper to shift stubborn bits. 20171207_100203.jpg 20171207_101134.jpg
     
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    After the gunk cleaning and drying i use carb/brake cleaner to remove any other bits. 20171207_102815.jpg
     
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    I have a series of wire wheels of different sizes and hardness. These fit in to any drill and are good for taking bits of paint and any other crud. 20171207_102926.jpg 20171207_103039.jpg
     
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    After using the wire wheels I give it another spray and wipe with the carb cleaner. You should have a clean surface but you will still have the brown coloured tarnish on the metal. 20171207_103840.jpg
     
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    I then use a red scotch bright pad and metal polish. I work this in a circular motion. 20171207_103943.jpg 20171207_104451.jpg
     
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    The pads are good for lifting the tarnish and will not damage the metal surfaces. After a good wipe down you should have a nice clean surface. 20171207_104953.jpg
     
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    I do this on every part .it's time consuming and messy but gets the results. 20171207_105129.jpg 20171207_105807.jpg
     
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    I finish off with the thread holes. For this I use these cheap and cheerful Mini wire brushes. Great for threads and holes ECT. Mine are getting naffed now so will need a new set soon. 20171207_105906.jpg 20171207_110012.jpg
     
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    And that's about it. Simple tools that don't cost much. Gets good results. Hope this has been of some use to you guys. Or if you have different tools and methods feel free to post and share. Cheers. 20171207_110248.jpg
     
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    Get Yourself a pressure washer. In the past I have taken machine parts to the local filling station and used the one for cleaning cars I think it cost about £1 saved a lot of money on chemicals etc.
     
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    I have a preasure washer. I do preasure wash really heavy soiled parts with a chemical cleaner.
     
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    Only thing to be aware of is that these pads contain fine grade aluminum oxide abrasive so shouldn't be used on engine/pump parts where the oxide could get left inside

    It might even have been on this forum that I learnt this
     
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    Yes. There are some items I wouldn't use them. For really awkward parts I would probably soda blast or something.
     
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    Cube pieces done. These will get a light coating of oil to stop them rusting until assembly. And a paint inside the cube. 20171207_130739.jpg
     
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    As Wellie said, be very careful about using Scothbrite. I steer well clear of it on machined surfaces. Wire wool is my preferred abrasive.
     
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    @spencer 427 :thumbup:Thank you for the very comprehensive write up.
     
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    I do use wire wool at times. The scothbrite pad just has that little edge just to lift to tarnish off. I was ideal on the cube because of the size and shape. I wouldn't use it on anything delicate thoe. All parts get a good spray down with cleaner before assembly.
     
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