Cleaning baffles with stainless steel pins???

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Cleaning baffles with stainless steel pins???

Post by hardcase » Fri May 01, 2015 2:59 pm

I saw some reference to this on another thread.

I have a "Thumbler" brand rotary tumbler I use will stainless steel pins to clean my brass before reloading. I use the pins, Dawn dish soap, and Lemishine.

Do I understand the information I read correctly that this same cleaning method can be used to clean internal suppressor parts? Even aluminum? The three cans I would like to clean are a Warlock II, a Mystic, and a Cobra II. All can be taken apart and have some aluminum parts.

Do the parts need to be cleaned one at a time or can everything inside the tube be put into the Thumbler at one time. I'd think this would be a bad thing for the tube as it could remove the printing on the outside of the tube.

I also have a vibratory brass cleaner and a reasonable supply of corn cob and walnut media. The vibratory cleaner cannot be used with a liquid.

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Re: Cleaning baffles with stainless steel pins???

Post by Fulliautomatix » Fri May 01, 2015 3:40 pm

Disclaimer: I have no hands on experience with this.

Every discussion I have read regarding SS media tumbling has said that it should not be used for aluminum parts due to it degrading the anodized layer.

Additionally, the general consensus for vibratory tumblers is that it is pretty much worthless for cleaning off carbon and/or lead residue from suppressor parts.
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Re: Cleaning baffles with stainless steel pins???

Post by eastern_hunter » Fri May 01, 2015 9:32 pm

Only have experience with the Octanes and the HTA SS Guardian 22 LR cans Wet xleaning w pints in a Model B Thumbler tumbler works for those very well indeed!

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Re: Cleaning baffles with stainless steel pins???

Post by doubloon » Fri May 01, 2015 10:39 pm

Fulliautomatix wrote:...
Additionally, the general consensus for vibratory tumblers is that it is pretty much worthless for cleaning off carbon and/or lead residue from suppressor parts.
Truth, have both vibratory and a tumbler. Tumbler with steel pins is excellent on steel and brass.

Have not tried it on aluminum of any kind, would not use steel pins on anything with a coated finish unless you're trying to remove the coating.
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Re: Cleaning baffles with stainless steel pins???

Post by Bendersquint » Fri May 01, 2015 11:00 pm

If the material being tumbled is softer than the media damage will occur. In our experience SS pins damages anodizing.

I would not use SS pins on anything but steel, titanium or brass cases.

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Re: Cleaning baffles with stainless steel pins???

Post by hardcase » Sat May 02, 2015 7:02 am

What I expected. Back to the nitrile gloves and scrubbing Brushes :( :(

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Re: Cleaning baffles with stainless steel pins???

Post by Conqueror » Sat May 02, 2015 2:34 pm

Some claim that SS pins are fine on aluminum, but other reliable sources have found dimensional changes on aluminum backed and threads after tumbling. On SS or Ti baffles, it appears safer.
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