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Having taken my throttle bodies to be ultrasonically cleaned and been shocked at the price they wanted I bought one of these.

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At first the result was good but not brilliant so I bought some of this.

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Using a relatively strong mix of about 1:4.5 (there was quite a lot of grease and crud) I got this.

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Considering these are 20 years old I am very pleased with the result. I have already made my money back and have not had to do any scrubbing or sanding :ani_clapping: :D

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Wow! Do I need one of those Phil?

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Looks great. I’ve been looking at a parts washer but I guess this is another level 

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Does it do chips?

 

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13 minutes ago, Type911 said:

Wow! Do I need one of those Phil?

Yes you do! 6 litre version from Amazon delivered next day, £119.

1 minute ago, Busybee said:

Looks great. I’ve been looking at a parts washer but I guess this is another level 

If anyone is likely to be cleaning bits of car, motorbike, jewellery or anything that can be put in water its the way forward :twocents:

Just now, Type911 said:

Does it do chips?

 

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Yes, soggy but very clean......

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I've got one of the small, jewellery type bits of kit, it's been great for cleaning up small items.  Been tempted to get a larger one but all I need now is your address Phil ;)

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Ultrasonic is the dog’s b@llocks! My Wife uses a small one for cleaning jewellery and spectacles, and one of my Daughters (who is a silversmith) uses one to clean up silverware. Have been thinking about a larger garage version, will look at Phill’s one on Amazon.

D.

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I thought about buying one of these but didn' think it'd be capable of cleaning engine parts. Your results look amazing!

Amazons description gives the dimensions of the tank but says items must be placed in the tray to protect the machine.

What do you think is the largest item that would fit in the tank? Would you mind have a measure for me Phil?

Thanks

Craig

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The inside dimensions of the basket are 28Lx13Wx11D. The throttle bodies are 11.5D and were just about submerged.

You are not supposed to put stuff on the bottom of the tank as it reduces the effectiveness but the basket actually has very small rubber feet which sit on the bottom.

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Don't forget this is the 6L version, you could go bigger.

Today I am going to clean the fuel rails and a bronze ornament :D

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Much appreciated Phil.

I'm doing a top end rebild, my pistons, barrels and heads will fit in that tank.  Now wondering if I should go bigger to get the chain housings in......where do you draw the line 😆

I bet every thing you own now gleams!!

Thanks again.

C

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I was just about to ask how folks get the engine bit so clean. Is this the answer?

I had the ICV off the other day, used a scotchbrite pad which cleaned the case and also took off the golden haze coating which I like. I'm not sure if this is oxidization or a varnish coating.

How do folks clean up things in the engine bay e.g the fans and metal shroud, the alu on the heads? My normal method is Bilt Hamber degreaser and little brushes, but there are so many intricate bits on the 3.2 it will take forever.

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The ultrasonic cleaner works really well. I'm always pleased with what comes out.

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Hey Phill. How has that no nonsense degreaser worked out?

Pickedup @Planty's parts washer and blasting cabinet yesterday. Thanks Sam. Good meeting you. Need gunk to go in the washer. Anyone have any experience on a good degreaser liquid? 

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33 minutes ago, Busybee said:

Hey Phill. How has that no nonsense degreaser worked out?

Pickedup @Planty's parts washer and blasting cabinet yesterday. Thanks Sam. Good meeting you. Need gunk to go in the washer. Anyone have any experience on a good degreaser liquid? 

I use Bilt Hamber's Surfex.

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I found the Screwfix one made my lawnmower carbs a bit darkish in colour. I had the temp on full! Cleaned the monkey's out of the carb though.

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Nice work Phil

That's the best clean up I've seen, short of vapour blasting. I have a parts washer with water based degreaser fr the mucky stuff, but I see another internet purchase in my near future!

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42 minutes ago, Fuchs915 said:

I use Bilt Hamber's Surfex.

Thought B&H might be good stuff. Do you dilute it? 

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20 minutes ago, Busybee said:

Thought B&H might be good stuff. Do you dilute it? 

Depends on the amount of grime, but usually yes.  Even for thick grime I will use a diluted mix, maybe 1:4.  If it's really bad, I might start with some carb cleaner to really cut through the muck, but that is not so kind to my lungs or the environment ;)

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We use an industrial version at our plant for a specific part that gets clogged up with polypropylene plastic (Melting point is 175c). 1st we place the part in an oven heated up to 250c for 12 hrs then after cool down a blast with an air compressor and finally in the ultrasonic bath (water + household handwash powder) for a couple of hours. Thought our process might be useful for some applications as everyone has an oven.

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6 hours ago, Busybee said:

Hey Phill. How has that no nonsense degreaser worked out?

Pickedup @Planty's parts washer and blasting cabinet yesterday. Thanks Sam. Good meeting you. Need gunk to go in the washer. Anyone have any experience on a good degreaser liquid? 

I works very well. It's quite strong stuff and you have to dilute it quite a lot in the UC. In fact it's so good I bought some more.

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To avoid large quantities of yucky mess, when I’m doing nuts, bolts and other small items, I put them in a plastic bag or glass jar with degreaser or other speciality cleaner.  The plastic bag then goes in the ultrasonic cleaner. which only needs to contain water.

This reduces the ‘waste’ of speciality cleaners and allows me to do several different cleans at the same time.  The U/S waves pass from the water, through the bag and into my magic mix.

I do have a 25l U/S tank, so it’s really worth the hassle to me.

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On 22/06/2020 at 15:10, PeterK said:

To avoid large quantities of yucky mess, when I’m doing nuts, bolts and other small items, I put them in a plastic bag or glass jar with degreaser or other speciality cleaner.  The plastic bag then goes in the ultrasonic cleaner. which only needs to contain water.

This reduces the ‘waste’ of speciality cleaners and allows me to do several different cleans at the same time.  The U/S waves pass from the water, through the bag and into my magic mix.

I do have a 25l U/S tank, so it’s really worth the hassle to me.

That's a great idea.

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On 23/02/2018 at 20:47, Wingnonut said:

Dishwasher when the wife ain’t lookin 😋

I put loads of 924 engine parts in mine....shhhhhhh :whistling:

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