wow, thank you all very much for the info! I'm going to digest the info and I think maybe alter my process a little bit. From what i'm reading from you guys, I'm not too far off with what I'm doing...
from prepping the parts with acetone (although I have used that CRC natural degreaser, I think I prefer the acetone the CRC degreaser (blue labeled spray can) has a funky smell to it that really lingers a long time), to the dipping. I have not been heating the parts though in the boiling water..... I'll give that a try and compare the results.
thank you again! I have my weekend planned now :-)