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Gunk on dies

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MAGGUNS44, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. MAGGUNS44

    MAGGUNS44 Active Member

    I was given a bunch of new Dillon dies that has sat in storage since 1995-1998. No rust at all but I would guess that the factory protective coating has hardened or gummed up and brake cleaner will not cut it. Any suggestions on what I could soak these dies in to get rid of this coating?
  2. fol4321

    fol4321 Well-Known Member

    ultra sonic cleaner or boiling water with some dawn or oxy.
  3. JimKirk

    JimKirk Well-Known Member

    Ether... starting fluid...

    Go outside away from any type flames ...

    Stay away from the flowers or grass...

    Drys with out wiping or needing air to get out...

    It will remove all the oil ... so you must re-oil after using it ....rust sets in quick!

    Jimmy K
  4. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    You can just soak them in Kerosene for a coulple days. It's probably just Cosmoline.

    good luck
  5. longdayjake

    longdayjake Well-Known Member

    I would just boil in hot water.
  6. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I use acetone for just about anything I don't want residue left behind. I'm pretty picky about my brass and have a special little invention I use acetone with to remove every bit of case lube after sizing, ream & chamfer. It also makes for a good solution to rinse my actions out with.
  7. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    Take an old mason jar & pour some Hoppe's # 9 in it.
    Use a sealing lid & put the dies in & lay the jar on it's side so the dies soak in it.
    Just a couple of minutes will do.

    I did this with gun parts & a couple of magazines that were bathed in cosmoline.
    Worked to perfect in just 5 minutes of soaking.
  8. Seedtick

    Seedtick Well-Known Member

    Throw them in your tumbler for a while.



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