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    Advice for cleaning some items

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    Post  The-thing-next-door Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:39 am

    I have got some 6b5 titanium plates and some airsoft guns that I need to clean (very thouroghly) and I would just like some advice on which cleaning agents to use in order to avoid damaging them.

    I need to try and remove every last molecule of contaminant so "just use soapy water" is absolutely out of the question.
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    Post  kvs Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:59 am

    It depends what dirt is attached to the surface. You can use medicinal alcohol (i.e. isopropyl) to remove evergreen sap from car
    paint without damage. It removes thermal paste and glue from IC housings (plastic, ceramic and metal). It will not remove paint
    like commercial paint strippers and will not etch the surface. Stay away from non-specialized commercial cleaners.

    I have no experience with stainless steel cleaning agents, they may work but do more searches on the internet for specific
    experiences.

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    Post  The-thing-next-door Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:09 am

    I need to remove any trace of organic matter and any form of dirt and grime
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    Post  kvs Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:12 am

    The-thing-next-door wrote:I need to remove any trace of organic matter and any form of dirt and grime

    Then isopropyl alcohol is what you want. It is a solvent for organics but not strong enough to dissolve paint and
    is not an acid that will etch metal.


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    Post  The-thing-next-door Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:45 pm

    Well it is not really that great a solvent, when I spill some on my hands they are not exactly stripped to the bone.

    I really want to make sure that the items are completely clean, so I am looking for the most powerful agents that would not damage the metal or the plastic.
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    Post  JohninMK Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:25 pm

    The next up aggressive but designed not to damage is probably household bleach.
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    Post  kvs Thu Dec 31, 2020 8:09 pm

    The-thing-next-door wrote:Well it is not really that great a solvent, when I spill some on my hands they are not exactly stripped to the bone.

    I really want to make sure that the items are completely clean, so I am looking for the most powerful agents that would not damage the metal or the plastic.

    Don't ask for advice if you are going to just fob it off with some moronic snark.

    You have clearly never used 99% isopropyl alcohol. And you don't bother to give any details as to the actual dirt you want to
    remove.

    Sod off.

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    Post  PapaDragon Thu Dec 31, 2020 8:11 pm

    The-thing-next-door wrote:Well it is not really that great a solvent, when I spill some on my hands they are not exactly stripped to the bone.

    I really want to make sure that the items are completely clean, so I am looking for the most powerful agents that would not damage the metal or the plastic.

    I spilled isopropyl on my hands and nothing happened

    Besides gloves are a thing

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    Post  The-thing-next-door Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:30 am

    kvs wrote:
    The-thing-next-door wrote:Well it is not really that great a solvent, when I spill some on my hands they are not exactly stripped to the bone.

    I really want to make sure that the items are completely clean, so I am looking for the most powerful agents that would not damage the metal or the plastic.

    Don't ask for advice if you are going to just fob it off with some moronic snark.

    You have clearly never used 99% isopropyl alcohol.   And you don't bother to give any details as to the actual dirt you want to
    remove.

    Sod off.




    Well I am sorry if I offended you, I guess I am still as socially incompetent as ever.

    What I was trying to say is that I want to know what the most powerful cleaning agents that will not damage my items are.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:45 am

    How about posting some images.
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    Post  The-thing-next-door Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:31 pm

    magnumcromagnon wrote:How about posting some images.

    The contamination is not very visible so I am not to sure how helpful that would be.

    I suppose I should clarify that I want to remove all trace of organic matter and dirt from the items and not just have them looking clean.
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    Post  GarryB Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:21 pm

    Most murderers seem to use bleach to hide DNA evidence of their crimes... Twisted Evil
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    Post  The-thing-next-door Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:52 pm

    Well I need to have my paintball gun cleaned by next summer (European time).

    I need to make absolutely sure that all matter other than the item itself is removed. I suppose I should give you all the reason I have for needing these things to be cleaned. Well essentially what happened was that a bunch of filthy vandals got ahold of some of my paintball and airsoft guns aswell as my set of 6B5 plates and befilthed the lot of them, I do not know exactly which organic substances were used hence the need to remove all free particles in order for me to once again be comfortable with handling the items in question.

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