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Old 04-11-2019, 09:51 AM   #1
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Ultrasonic Cleaners - Lesson Learned

Howdy KT !
I know I've seen some threads in the past about Ultrasonic Cleaners and using them to clean gun parts and thought I would share an experience I just had this week.

I purchase a Ultrasonic Cleaner that has a reservoir large enough to clean my baitcaster reels (2/3 gallon I think is the size). I've been cleaning reels with my new investment and upgrading my bearings to new technology ceramic style (also = $$$s being invested). Most of my reels are the Shimano Curado 200 (old greenie version) but last night I was working on my Daiwa Zillion Coastal reel. I think I paid like $329 for it a couple of years ago, but its designed for use in salt water fishing and worth the extra $s IMO. So got the reel disassembled to the frame and put the parts I wanted to clean in the ultrasonic cleaner, set the temp to 110 deg and solution used was dawn dish soap with water. Put the timer on 5 min and started doing some other tasks. After the 5 min was up, I let it soak for a bit longer then set the timer for another 5 min (probably where things went south). When the cleaner turned off, I removed the reel frame and noticed some areas where the coating (not sure if they are powder coated or what) was peeling. After a closer inspection I found several other areas where the paint pitted/peeled. WTF ??? So after some research (shoulda done that first) I've found that ultrasonic cleaners can cause this to happen if left in the cleaner too long. Other factors are the frequency and solution, but it attacks the coating anywhere there is a scratch or holiday. I may try to get the frame anodized but also have a new frame coming from Daiwa.

This also could be an issue with coated pistol frames so proceed with caution if you are using an ultrasonic cleaner
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Old 04-11-2019, 10:20 AM   #2
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Thanks for this. I have a massive ultra sonic cleaner at work and was considering it. Ours is designed for cleaning window blinds, but we use it for plastic housings. We use Simple Green as the solution.


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Sonic cleaner on finished parts... at their peril. SilencerShop learned that lesson with a suppressor after a few minutes in a sonic cleaner. I wonder what one of those Kimber Sapphire guns would look like?
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Sonic cleaner on finished parts... at their peril. SilencerShop leaned that lesson with a suppressor. After a few minutes.
Yep, thats how my reel frame looked. Apparently depends on how good of a coating as to how soon the damage is done.

Just wished I had of learned on one of my $60 reels
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I've got a friend that bought one a couple of years back, when I asked him how it was working he said he sold it. The next thing out of his mouth was don't ever put a gun in one and don't ask me how I know that.
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