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Old January 12, 2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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what do you use to clean your dies

i was wondering what you use to clean your dies . does any one use brake cleaner and would that be ok ?
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Old January 13, 2013, 12:08 AM   #2
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I've used Remington bore cleaner and brake cleaner.
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Old January 13, 2013, 06:56 AM   #3
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Naptha or laquer thinner's good to get the dirt and lube out. And Flitz metal polish is the best thing to keep the die's inside surfaces smooth so there's minimum friction and case scratching when sizing, but clean it out after using it.

If one's sizing dies are pretty rough or scratched, cleaning patches on a large bore brush coated with 600 to 800 grit lapping compound chucked in drill spun at a medium speed wil smooth them up quite easily and not remove any significant metal. Be sure to clean that abrasive out and off of everything when finished.
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Old January 13, 2013, 07:13 AM   #4
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warm water and soap works wonders. Dry em off with compressed air
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Old January 13, 2013, 07:32 AM   #5
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Soap and water
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Old January 13, 2013, 09:18 AM   #6
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Just like a gun hoppes #9 and oil

http://leeprecision.net/support/inde...-removing-rust
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Old January 13, 2013, 10:08 AM   #7
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Brake cleaner for me. Dissolves and blows out crud and dries in a jiffy.
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Old January 13, 2013, 11:36 AM   #8
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Yep I use brake cleaner and compressed air, and if they get any rust or generally cruddy, I throw them suckers in my tumbler for a few hours and they come out brand new.
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Old January 13, 2013, 12:50 PM   #9
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Ultrasonic cleaner with hot soapy water.
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Old January 13, 2013, 01:31 PM   #10
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For the inside, I always used Q-Tips dipped in mineral spirits (paint thinner), and mainly for the bullet seating die when I was loading bullets tumble lubed with LLA. If I'm putting a set away for any length of time, I treat them like I would my gun, a bullet mold, or anything else that can rust. I lightly coat all surfaces with a thin film of oil and then store in a dry place.
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Old January 13, 2013, 01:35 PM   #11
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Weapon's Shield CLP and blue paper towels...same as a gun.
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Old January 13, 2013, 05:26 PM   #12
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Brake clean followed up with Tri-Flow lubricant and protector.
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Old January 13, 2013, 05:44 PM   #13
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Non chlorinated brake cleaner. A bunch of the old timers clean them in "white gas." I dont like smelling gas, but it by far works the best.
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Old January 13, 2013, 06:58 PM   #14
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Dies are steel so any conventional solvent or spray cleaner will clean them quite well, it sure isn't critical.

I rarely clean my dies after I finish loading, I just give them a spritz of any inexpensive spray oil, or a swab of Automatic Transmission Fluid, for rust protection and put them away. I CLEAN them before the next use, usually with cheep Walmart spray carb or brake cleaner OR a pencil wrapped with toilet tissue and mineral spirits/oderless paint thinner to make a big wet swab to twirl around inside followed by a dry swab to prepare them for use.

Remember that a totally clean sizer die needs good lubrication on the first case and 'short stroke' the ram a few times when it enters the die to spread lube on the inner walls and avoid getting a stuck case.
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Old January 13, 2013, 07:30 PM   #15
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Mineral spirits.
It breaks down bullet lube well and isn't as hard on your skin as brake cleaner.
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Old January 13, 2013, 07:53 PM   #16
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Usually I just use a qtip and CLP to wipe out the body, then a dry one. If it is really gunked up with castlead lube then I blast it with newer brake cleaner. I make sure the first few cases going in are well lubed.
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Old January 13, 2013, 07:59 PM   #17
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I rarely see a need.
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Old January 15, 2013, 02:42 PM   #18
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Thanks for the info I think I getting a build up of lube plus one shot said to lube your die with it.
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Old January 15, 2013, 06:57 PM   #19
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hodaka, I agree. I think the last time I cleaned a die was probably 5 or 6 years ago, but when I do I use brake cleaner or gasoline.
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Old January 15, 2013, 07:41 PM   #20
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You guys must not shoot cast.
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Old January 15, 2013, 07:56 PM   #21
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Yes, I shoot a lot of .45 and .38's and I do occasionally get some buildup of lube and lead but not very often. The seating die is the only one that suffers and usually I just take the die apart and run a paper towel through the die. It has been a long time so I should probably check to see what they look like. I shoot about 400/month.
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Old January 15, 2013, 07:57 PM   #22
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Very rarely clean my dies but when I do so, I just give them a shot of Hornady One-shot Case Lube(which is what I use when reloading) and wipe them off with a rag, etc. Then another shot prior to putting them away for storage.
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Old January 15, 2013, 08:28 PM   #23
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Non clorinated brake parts cleaner
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Old January 15, 2013, 08:54 PM   #24
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Hammerhead, you are correct. I do not shoot cast.
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