First dip in 50/50 water - muratic acid solution for a short while or until
the vigorous bubbling stops. IF you can't do that then get out the sand
paper and work it down until you can go to various stages of steel wool and
then brasso or take it to the nearest band instrument repair shop and have
them buff it for you. It will look like gold when they are done.
Leonard Brown, DM (honoris causa)
Fellow of the Geyer Guild
Why clean them? You'll just get them all dirty again... and maybe not use it
because of the work you put into getting it all nice and shiny! I'd just
make sure the valves are working correctly and all the passages are clean
and open. Plus, you stand the chance of damaging something by
I hear that! Boy, you would *never* catch me putting my torch into muriatic
acid .. how can you *guarantee* that you neutralize it afterward? I'd never
be able to sleep worrying if that acid was still eating away at the inside
of my torch.
If you have to make it pretty just get some Knorrostol and/or some Brasso and
a bunch of old cotton towels, put on some good tunes, brew up a big cup of
coffee, sit down and make it look pretty using the Armstrong torch polishing
machine your mom gave you. - GWE
I agree on putting the torch itself in Muratic acid but I wouldn't have any
problems putting all brass items in the bath. On my instruments I usually
use a 20 to 1 ratio: If I have the part in muratic (50%+50% water) then I
leave it at least 20 minutes in water. I don't like dealing with acid but I
sure don't want to deal with more chemicals to get it off. I have been
doing this for 8 years now with no corrosion problems. I guess I would use
chemicals to neutralize if I was in a hurry... but I ain't.
The problem with Brasso is that it cleans up brass real good but doesn't
do much to other gook that is on top of the brass, other than oxidation.
I've proven to my satisfaction that cleaning off and polishing the
welding tips keeps them from popping out while welding in close
quarters where there's a lot of reflected heat. Might not make as much
difference with cutting tips and attachments. Given the state of the
torches and tips I see in the welding supply shop for repairs, you've
got a lot of company in your thinking, some look like they've been
dipped in asphalt. If they're polished to start with, not talking new
ones here, they're a lot easier to keep clean afterwards. Usually just
a wipe-down with a rag takes care of it. Maybe a little ultra-fine
Scotchbrite if there's some slag on there. I haven't worn out a tip
yet doing that. I used Brasso initially on my set of used tips and
handle, took a couple of hours to clean them up. Something to do while
watching the tube.
Greetings and salutations....
On Wed, 26 Jan 2005 17:06:12 -0330, "Lucifer"
If you have to have them shiny (and they won't last long
that way anyway), I would suggest a buffing wheel and some brass
polish. Don't dip it in any thing, don't soak it, and, don't
sweat the black in the crevices.
After all, this is a tool...not a piece of art.
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