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Possible to clean stained / etched powder measure?

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  1. azrocks

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    Before I didn't know you weren't supposed to just leave the powder in the hopper...

    I've got one Dillon powder drop where the transparent plastic cylinder is stained / etched from powder. Doesn't matter functionally but I'm tired of looking at it. Is there a way to bring it back to looking close to clean? May end up selling this stuff in the near future so it would also make sense to pretty it up for that reason.
     
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    I called Dillon and they sent me a new one free. Use some soap on the screw threads when installing.
     
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  3. azrocks

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    Thanks. Based on my experience w/ Dillon I bet they'd do the same, but I'd rather not ask for a freebie since this was my fault, not theirs.
     
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    You could try a plastic polish like Novus, it comes in different "grits". Some auto products would probably work too. Would be a PITA though to do it in a cylinder, unless you used something like a Mother's polishing ball that you could stick on a drill and shove in there.
     
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    They will still discolor over time. If you want it to stay clear, upgrade to Glass.

    Right now with the coating you probably have NO static cling to deal with. If you clean it you may have to deal with static for a while till it gets a light coating.
     
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  6. azrocks

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    Never really thought about that. Great point. Maybe I can get over the aesthetics if it serves a functional purpose. Got a new one I've been using with a really fine ball powder and it's a pain to empty - likely for that very reason.

    Can it ever be enough to cause a potential change in charge? Is it possible to have a build-up of high-nitro 'gunk' flake off & create a hot round? Or is it purely cosmetic?
     
  7. rsrocket1

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    First of all, try it to see if the static builds up. No harm here because you can always request a replacement. Second, if you clean/polish it and static DOES build up, try rubbing the inside with a dryer sheet. This worked great for my kids' outdoor playset. The slide was murder for static build up. A little wipe with a dryer sheet and the static problem went away for quite a while.
     
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  8. kelbro

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    I consider it 'seasoning', like on a good cast iron skillet :)
     
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    Might try auto rubbing/polishing compound or even toothpaste.
    Dillon might even send you a new one for free, otherwise I wouldn't think a new one would be a lot of $ (but I may be out to lunch on that and they could be pricey)
     
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  10. tightgroup tiger

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    I wonder what kind of plastic Lee uses in their powder measure hoppers, that doesn't seem to be affected by this. My 30 year old Pro Auto Disc that I have been using for all this time, still looks like it's almost new.
    My 10 year old Hornady measure looks etched up and discolored , like it's the one that's 30 years old.
     
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