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Which first; tumble or ultrasonic cleaner?


By Johncare07

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    When restoring the hardware, which do you do first? Same process for plastic parts too? Thanks for your help.

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    #2 3 months ago

    Ultrasonic first, dry (Whichever method you prefer), then tumble.

    You don’t mean tumble plastics do you? I haven’t done that intentionally. Ultrasonic, yes and dry.

    #3 3 months ago

    You always want to ultrasonic first. I would buy a larger capacity ultrasonic as well, the harbor freight ones are very small. My 10L fit most parts. For a little over $100 you can get a 2x-3x capacity one and itll look cooler and more industrial than the HF one. I threw in entire coin door mechs, circuit boards, even my Indiana Jones gun shooter, that wouldnt have fit in a 2.5L tank.

    #4 3 months ago

    I'll sell u my ultrasonic. They are a waste. Simply soak parts in 5 gallon bucket with 2 gallons of degreaser. Rinse, blow dry, done.
    Small parts, put in mesh bag.
    Entire wiring harness, no problem.

    #5 3 months ago

    Never used an ultrasonic for metal parts, I just tumble them and they are brand new.
    For all I know it might take a little longer than if you de greased them first?
    I will soak parts in evaporust first if they are rusty though.

    #6 3 months ago
    Quoted from Jjsmooth:

    I'll sell u my ultrasonic. They are a waste. Simply soak parts in 5 gallon bucket with 2 gallons of degreaser. Rinse, blow dry, done.
    Small parts, put in mesh bag.
    Entire wiring harness, no problem.

    I think the only real benefit of ultrasonic is the time cut for cleaning. Your way works too, its the degreaser itself doing nearly all the work anyways. Its nice being able to clean parts on the fly in just a couple minutes with these machines, pull them out then reinstall quickly unless needing tumbled. Takes longer just letting them sit in a bucket.

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