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Old December 3, 2012, 08:50 AM   #1
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Cleaning moon clips - boy am I dumb

I sat and patiently cleaned the crud from about 20 moon clips this morning with a brush and some #9. Spent more than half an hour on it. When I finished I thought to myself... hmm... this would have been a good job for the walnut shells in my brass tumbler.

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Old December 3, 2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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Been there - tried that - didn't work very well. I take all my moon clips and place them in a can and let them soak in solvent for 24 hours and then wipe them off with a rig. If would be very convenient to be able to just toss them in a machine but doing them by hand is the only way I have found to really get them de-funked. Using a tumbler on dirty clips will also trash your media and make a mess of the bowl which you will then get to clean out with solvent and a rag. No free ride I'm afraid. I have also heard guys claim they use their dishwasher for this job. You can't make this stuff up.
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Old December 3, 2012, 10:26 AM   #3
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Just curious.....

How about one of those cheap ultrasonic cleaners from Harbor Freight?

I've got one and have used it for cleaning a number of things.
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Old December 3, 2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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Both good points... I'm sure the soaking is beneficial in both cases. I will try that at a minimum next time. Maybe a little paint thinner.
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Old December 3, 2012, 04:20 PM   #5
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Whatever gets it off of the gun should get it off of the clips. You shouldn't need anything "special".
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Old December 3, 2012, 04:23 PM   #6
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... just trying to think of what's cheaper... I have a lot more paint thinner (or gasoline) than I do #9.
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Old December 3, 2012, 04:42 PM   #7
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I've been using a product from Pro-Shot they call the metal care cloth. Comes in a Mylar bag and is treated with something. Rag is pink and removes powder residue like magic. Doesn't seem to have any effect on the bluing either. Just give them a quick wipe down with the metal care cloth, then wipe them with a clean cloth.
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Old December 4, 2012, 08:58 PM   #8
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... just trying to think of what's cheaper... I have a lot more paint thinner (or gasoline) than I do #9.
Ed's Red...
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Old December 4, 2012, 11:45 PM   #9
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Paint thinner won't cut carbon residue as well as powder solvent (or Ed's Red) and it is hard on your hands without gloves. I use a crude version of Ed's Red that is 50/50 Dexron ATF and acetone. Don't even think of using gasoline.
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