Getting aluminium out of fine pitch tap

Hi
I got some aluminium smeared in a few threads of a good quality tap -
its small - 4mm x 0.7 so I cannot pick it out.
Any suggestions ?
Thanks
Tim
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TMN
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NaOH or Fe3Cl. The later being not so nasty (except the nice tint on your skin).
Nick
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Nick Müller
NaOH is probably better - FeCl3 will (albeit slowly) etch steel, NaOH won't.
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Peter Fairbrother
Yes? Did that recently and had no problems. But it didn't take much time (some minutes) to get the aluminium-smear off (piston ring, the cylinder doesn't count because it was Nikasil coated).
But the "official version" is with NaOH.
Nick
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Nick Müller
Cheap ultrasonic bath might do it in water. I'm just cleaning a small oil filter in one now.
Joules
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Joules Beech
It's pretty slow, especially when cold - but people etch stainless with FeCl3 at 50 C.
It's not hugely important in either case, especially if eg you don't leave it overnight - but if you did that with FeCl3 you might not have any threads left, whereas if you did it with NaOH it wouldn't matter - for the steel, NaOH is safer.
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Peter Fairbrother
Caustic soda eats aluminiuminimum
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bigegg
Oven cleaner.
Tom
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Tom
In article , Tom writes
...Most of which contain NaOH or something similar.
David
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David Littlewood
Maybe that was why I suggested it, perhaps..
Tom
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Tom
Thanks to all for the suggestion. It took me a while to get around to it but the caustic soda worked well.
Thanks Tim
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TMN
Could someone explain, in small words please, why you couldn't file a groove inside a 4mm nut and screw it on - like a die?
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Robin
tap a new thread in brass or syeel this will remove ali from threads
MB
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malbenbut
I did not try this because some alumnium swarf got stuck in the threads while I was backing the tap out. No parafin (kerosen ?) or working it up or down in small increments would help so I decided to just back it out - I did without incident but it did strip all the threads (of the part)on the way out.
I reasoned that if the tap thread was jammed enough to strip the aluminium thread in the part than there was a good chance that it would break if I tried using a nut to clean it. Also the aluminium in the tap was smoothy formed into the tread with no definate shoulder so I think the nut thread would ride up onto it and jam without disloging the swarf.
Tim
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TMN

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