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Personal logo Byteknight Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 8:29 p.m. PST

I bought one and tried it out tonight, as discussed here:


Very promising!

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP19 May 2017 1:00 a.m. PST

Never heard of them before, but that is very useful. Thanks for the info.

Doctor X19 May 2017 1:41 a.m. PST

I got mine as a Christmas gift a few years ago. Big sucker that handles a ton of figures and probably scrambles all transmissions within a 100' radius…

I fill it with straight Simple Green, put it on the 8 minutes cycle, then come back the next day. Works almost all the time with only a few pieces needing a second cycle.

Personal logo Byteknight Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 3:07 a.m. PST

I wish I'd known about this years ago as it would have saved me a lot of wasted time.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 4:05 a.m. PST

It's funny, I had used one for years to clean firearm parts before I realized the value in using it for miniatures.

Pat Ripley Fezian19 May 2017 4:15 a.m. PST

works on jewelry too. although you might need two

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member19 May 2017 6:34 a.m. PST

Might think about getting one. Sounds potentially useful.

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 6:47 a.m. PST

In my professional life, I have used these for years for general cleaning and preparing metallurgical x-sections. In addition to fairly benign liquids, I have regularly used aggressive solvents, acids, and bases in the conjunction with the ultrasonic. If you have a particularly stubborn paint job to remove, you may consider putting the mini in a chemically resistant beaker (glass or polymer depending upon the what you plan to use) with the aggressive solvent (something like nail polish remover, acetone or MEK) and placing the beaker in the ultrasonic's water bath. Make sure you have enough solvent in the beaker so it does not float away and overturn. If you do this, please note that Ultrasonic's agitation gradually raise the temperature of the cleaning fluid so do not leave flammable solvents unattended. It is also good if you can do this under a vapor hood or if at home outside. For general cleaning you can use water, ultrasonic cleaning fluid, or mild alcohols (in a beaker).

Skeptic19 May 2017 10:17 a.m. PST

Mineral collectors have been using them for decades, to clean up mineral specimens

Troop of Shewe Fezian Inactive Member19 May 2017 12:46 p.m. PST

Excelent for airbrush cleanup as well

Personal logo Byteknight Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 7:57 p.m. PST

Interesting comments. Sounds like it has a lot of uses.

@LostPict, maybe next time I will take your idea of using nail polish remover. Thanks.

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