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I am thinking about buying an inexpensive (< $50) ultrasonic cleaner for use with primarily pancake style cars. I have some questions please.

1. Any brand/model reccomendations?

2. What liquid/cleaning agent would you recommend for cleaning the chassis?

3. Will cleaner/liquid damage an armature? (After I "lap" gears on a pancake car could I put the top plate and arm in the cleaner, or will it damage the arm?)

4. Any other things I should know or any gotcha's to look out for?

As always, thanks for any help you can provide.
 

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I have one of the Harbor Freight models, its heated as well, Had it nearly 4 years and use it to clean anything that will fit inside it. As for T-jets, all of my builds get dissembled & cleaned, I do not put the armature in the tank, or tires, every thing else gets a sonic bath. As for a cleaning solution I use either the stuff HF sells as cleaner or a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water, which really cleans the electricals really nice on a T-jet / AFX.

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I was told it is ok to put arms in to get cleaned with top plate as long as you rinse throughly and blow dry.:thumbsup:
 

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" ... it puts the lotion in the basket or it gets the hose again, .... doesn't it Precious ! "
 

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" ... it puts the lotion in the basket or it gets the hose again, .... doesn't it Precious ! "
WOW - someone has really went off the deep end or into the deep hole.

I use simple green at 3 parts water to 1 part simple green in my ultrasonic cleaner and it works perfect. Been using it for over 10 years now.
 

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Bill, I may be wrong, but I'm giving it a try to keep some peace. I read tjets post as a silly comment to your "rinse thoroughly and blowdry" .......like a shampoo commercial reference.

But Tas, I use Greased Lightning Blast auto/shop degreaser (in the orange bottle, only sold at auto stores). YOU MUST REMOVE TIRES AND RIMS ONLY. but I throw the rest all assembled in the drink for about 24 hours. then rinse and blowdry.
 

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But Tas, I use Greased Lightning Blast auto/shop degreaser (in the orange bottle, only sold at auto stores). YOU MUST REMOVE TIRES AND RIMS ONLY. but I throw the rest all assembled in the drink for about 24 hours. then rinse and blowdry.
What does it do to the rims if left on?

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What does it do to the rims if left on?

Thanks.
My understanding is the ultrasonic cleaner will strip chrome from rims, bumpers, etc. I'm assuming this happens because of the unltrsonic waves and not because of whatever solution (including only water) is used. I actually want to try throwing some damaged rims into the cleaner to see what happens.

I have used my Harbor Freight ultrasonic cleaner (UC) with water only, although I do need to try some of the concoctions mentioned above. I have thrown the armature into the UC as well with no noticeable damage, although I do blow dry it quickly.

Having said all that, I have found the best results from cleaning the electricals with Noxon, brushing/cleaning it off with Simple Green and rinsing. I listed all the steps I do in another thread somewhere.

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