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Best way to "speed steep" is a ultra sonic cleaner. Arguably the only way unless you happen to have access to a centrifuge. You can pick one up on amazon for cheap but it only runs for 3 minutes at a time. About 10 cycles is equivalent to a 2 days ish in a dark cool area. If you're handy with a soldering iron you can replace the button with a toggle switch and it will run constantly.
Also benefits on a easy way to clean your gear and coils.
Same price as the one I have already (that IIRC I got for less than currently advertised due to the fickle whims of the lords of Amazon). Also note, 3 minute cutoff makes it problematic if you want to try speed-steeping, I usually thwart that with a rubber band and a cork but I don't know if that would work with this model.
Generic Sonic Wave CD-2800 Ultrasonic Jewelry & Eyeglass Cleaner (White/Gray) [link]
I picked this one up off of Amazon for I think $20 and it’s done me well over the last few months. It also literally rippped 99% of a shitty faux gold coating off a Kennedy clone, which made me appreciate the steel look more than the fake gold. So as everyone else said, careful with anything with a paint or coating.
Takes a RBA and gets it squeaky clean in every nook and cranny wih little to no effort. Worth it at $20-30. $50-75+ for one of the Super Ultra Sonic Android 4.1 Wifi Enabled “Also Sucks Your Dick” Bluetooth models though? To each their own, but don't see their value.
Thank you for thinking about my question! I forgot to check the whole conversation. 😄
I believe it's available here as well. Thanks again!
I use a cheap one: [link]
It gets somewhat warm if I do repeated cycles but nowhere near hot enough to damage the miniatures in any way.
Note: sonic cleaners help if you're in a hurry, but you're not going to get results much different than a very long bath in whatever stripper you're using (for me it's simple green). And you'll still need a toothbrush to clean up the model anyway.
tl;dr useful, but not a must have.
Thanks! Found an oval one for with a lot of reviews for $25 [link].
Are there any rules for what goes into one of these pen wise? Will it take paint off hand painted ones etc? Pen materials that are/aren't ok to put in?
I've heard a lot of great things about this jewelry cleaner (or others like it). I haven't personally used it yet, but it's on my Christmas list. Seems easy to use and great for the price!
Get a Ultrasonic Jewelry & Eyeglass Cleaner. Your choice what kind of cleaning solution you want to put in: Some brand name specially made for gold/silver jewelry or your own home brew of plain water & dish detergent. Read the instructions... what kind of solvent you use often depends on what kind of "gunk" is stuck to your coins, jewelry, eyeglasses, etc.
I'd avoid any kind of abrasive cleaners or cloths that might scratch whatever it is that you're trying to clean... Good Luck!
This seems to fit the bill:
My concern is how this will treat a ceramic coil long-term... not sure I would trust more than one or two cleans with it.
TI coils and such, why not?
Don't know about "best" but I use this one: [link]
Pros - cheap. Has lasted almost a year.
Cons - small (~six maybe seven 30ml bottles). Timed (so it doesn't just stay on, has a three minute timer - I get around this with a rubber band and a cork, just holds the button down).
Other notes - gets hot. Not only can you burn out your motor but you can also kill bright/top notes in your juice if it gets too hot. Best to do 15/15/15 on/off/on.
Usually hot-hot water is enough. If it needs anything more thorough I use a cheap ultrasonic jewelry cleaner I snagged off amazon (>$30) that works a charm.
Edit: Link to aforementioned ultrasonic cleaner [link]
I usually wash it with some dish soap and hot water, then throw it into an ultrasonic cleaner which is great because then you don't have to worry about losing small pieces down the drain.
Literally generic; there is a logo different from the one in this picture, and ironically enough there is the exact same model with the logo I on the model actually received being sold elsewhere on Amazon as a different brand. I'm pretty sure some factory in China churns these things out on the side, and people buy up batches and sell them. I don't think it's actually very complicated or expensive of a device, assuming you have access to manufacturing-grade design and materials to begin with.
Try soaking the nib in warm water for an hour or so. Alternatively, if you're willing to shell out thirty bucks, you could get an ultrasonic cleaning machine to really knock the gunk loose.
If cleaning thoroughly does not fix the problem, it's likely related to the nib and feed, in which case you'd probably have to send it to a nibmeister.
I use a cheap ultrasonic clear that my SO has that has a 3 minute shutoff timer. So I sit next to it an continually press on. I used to just use a heated seed mat. I would wrap and tie it around a large cup filled with water and put a cork coaster on top and let let them steep for long periods. Although the auto shutoff on this ultrasonic cleaner is inconvenient, it's well worth the results.
Oh I am so excited to share this! I bought a sonic jewelry cleaner off amazon for $26 and it works AWESOME. I fill it to the water line with warm water and just a tiny bit of dawn dish soap and press the on button. I run it through maybe 3 cycles (3 minutes each) and it comes out SO SPARKLY. It looks just as good as when the jeweler cleans it. I love it. I buy them for all my friends bridal showers too as an added gift and I've gotten so many thanks for it. I also use it for my eye glasses and other cleanable things. Highly recommended!
Gift cards are always nice - generic ones like Amazon, Michaels, Etsy, or more specific experiences, like a mani/pedi, facial, dinner out?
For items - a nice picture frame if she's done engagement photos? Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner? I personally was a total disaster with organization, "wedding crap" all got stored in Amazon boxes that we collected over time, but maybe nice storage boxes for stuff and folders for contracts? A travel garment steamer to have on hand for last minute stuff? Or to go in a completely different direction, adult coloring books are great for stress relief.
Or, I know a lot of brides debate on what pinteresty getting-ready stuff to get - they're all extra and not necessary, but oh so pretty. So maybe one of those popular personalized hangers for her dress, or a nice robe, or champagne flutes?
Just got one from Amazon for 25 bucks. [link]
I recommend anyone who uses a lot of concentrates look into getting an Ultrasonic Cleaner for cleaning. I got a cheap one on Amazon that works well. I fill it with near boiling water and drop a ziplock baggy with ISO and dirty coils in and cycle it a few times. Coils come out pretty clean without any scrubbing. If there's built up carbon on the coils, it doesn't get it all off but certainly works better than hot ISO bath alone.
A friend of mine recently got one from eBay that has a heater and settable timers and does a much better job than the one I have
I bought it off Amazon. The brand is Magnasonic, but the listing has a different name now for some reason. I just pulled this from my order history.
I haven’t shopped around, but I’ve had this one for three years, does the job: [link]
Bought some of the blitz cleaner recommended on the same page, doesn’t take a lot, works well.
Generic Sonic Wave CD-2800 Ultrasonic Jewelry and Eyeglass Cleaner, White/Gray [link]
Damn homie this was the first result when i searched amazon.com using their search feature:
$25.76 and prime free shipping.
It's not too expensive. Around $25-30.
[link] I got the exact one, but it was labeled differently so I spent $2.50 less or something.
Will a jewelry sonic cleaner work? Something like [link] ??
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Go to Amazon.com and buy a cheap ultrasonic cleaner like this one and drop in your watch. Normally I'd say with a little dish soap but in your case it may not be necessary. It will come out clean of the caked-on soap, sparkly and clean. Huge fan. Also works great on eyeglasses and jewelery.