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  1. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have a good homemade cleaning solution to be used in an ultrasonic cleaning tank?

    I am looking for a solution that I can put my choke tubes and receiver in to clean periodically. It seems my choke tubes get the worse of the plastic fouling.

    Bryan
     
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    Depends on how big your tank is. I have a five gallon tank on mine, so I fill it with water and then place a jar of slip 2000 with the tubes inside into the water. The energy passes through the water, through the glass into the slip 2000.

    This works great for a few tubes.

    Brownells has a water soluble concentrate that you can put directly into a small tank as well, as I recall it comes in quart and gallon sizes. Midway, Cheaper Than Dirt, etc. all sell some kind of cleaner.

    I like the slip 2000 or Brownells concentrate.

    One thing to be careful of is to be sure the solution you use is non-flammable (e.g., Ed's Red might work well, but it is too flammable to use in an electrically driven machine).
     
  3. shot410ga

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    Water and Dawn dish soap will clean anything.
     
  4. Chichay

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    I use Simple Green, 30-50% diluted in water, and place the solution and the chokes in a zip lock bag (snack size), and the bag in water. Cleaned small gun parts the same way.
     
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    Have a look at this; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99kGy8-bGXs
     
  6. Calkidd

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    The ultrasonic is only a 2.5L capacity. Will it harm it to put a simple green solution directly into the tub?
     
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    My tub is made of stainless steel and have done that without problems while cleaning larger gun parts. Have never used pure simple green; always diluted with water. The strongest was 50:50. Chichay
     
  8. Calkidd

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    Judging by the video link, it looks like the simple green is not the way to go. I am going to try the vinegar, soap and salt. The Hornady solution doesn't seem to have that great of a review either.
     
  9. kiv-c

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    Here's the recipe that works wonders with brass; should work with choke tubes, too.

    2 - 3 quarts hot water

    1/2 TSP of Dawn dishwashing soap

    1 TBSP Lemishine crystals. You can find this at any Walmart grocery, in the dishwasher soap section.
     
  10. Calkidd

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    Thanks I'll try it out.
     
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    Thanks for the tip, Kiv-c. Better result for less money is always good. Chichay
     
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