Removing melted Annealeez wheel from brass

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  1. AFDoc

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    Just like the title says, I need some help removing melted nylon Annealeez wheel from my brass. Any ideas?

    Thanks for your thoughts.
     
  2. dredd

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    I have questions, but no solid answers.

    If your Brass got hot enough to melt the wheel, has your Brass been compromised?

    Not that Brass is cheap & easy to come by these days, is it actually worth saving?
    How many rounds & what cartridge are you at risk of losing?

    You might be able to get the Brass really cold and try to flake the material off.
     
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  3. AFDoc

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    Good question, actually.
    This was the first time I annealed 7.62x39, but I have annealed before. I was using the same visual endpoint for the 7.62x39 that I employ for .308 or .223. Back to the annealer, I was using the short wheels, but the distance between the neck and the wheels is still not that far. I had flame on the brass for roughly 6 seconds, and I specifically attempted to direct the flame away from the wheels. Unfortunately the wheels were melting enough to leave material on the brass.
     
  4. Scooter22

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    You might want to call the company and ask. You might not be the first and they can give you an answer. OR you may be the FIRST and they would like to put out a warning. Good luck!
     
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  5. FROGO207

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    Other than peeling the plastic off with a knife after heating it gently with a hair dryer I have no idea. Sounds like another wheel and some sort of spacer to get your brass out further away from the plastic or make a metal drum. Possibly some of that aluminum tape on the wheel to keep things from sticking might work.
     
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  6. Varminterror

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    A local precision rifle smith here makes aluminum wheels for the anealeez, shoot me a PM if you are interested in his contact info. No more melting.
     
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  7. Varminterror

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    @FROGO207 - the best solution is to use thinner wheels made from aluminum such they won’t melt, and won’t be out in the way of the flame.
     
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  8. Bacon buster

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    Scotchbrite pad the polish the brass back up if u like. That’s what I have used to get stubborn stuff off of brass. Can’t say for sure it will work for that but worth a shot
     
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  9. Radarjr

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    Scotchbrite scratches the brass more by the time the nylon is completely removed. I've found using the case mouth of another case held in the hand like a pencil will scrape off the nylon and not damage the brass.
     
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  10. GW Staar

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    I would try soaking the brass in lacquer thinner or acetone....won't hurt the brass...may dissolve the plastic enough to remove it....or even try freezing.
     
  11. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Most plastics dissolve when soaked in MEK.
     
  12. Blue68f100

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    Chlorinated brake cleaner will attack the plastic too. If you can find a old carburetor vat cleaner, it will dissolve most anything not metal. I've used it to clean up a spray gun that someone left epoxy paint in, set over the weekend. Took about a week but it saved an expensive paint gun.
     
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  13. jumpinjimmie

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    Hello, saw your post about replacement aluminum wheels for issue with nylon wheels melting. Could you help me get in touch with your local smith? Thanks
     
  14. Varminterror

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    @jumpinjimmie - PM sent
     
  15. EricBu

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    Man, I feel your pain. 300BLK has the same problem. I too would like that info for the aluminum wheels.
     
  16. dgod
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    My solution to better protect the wheel is to push the torch as close to the back as possible, then aim it out so the heat is focused on the brass and away from the wheel. This works for me, especially after burning a wheel up.

    It will take a little patience to calibrate the timing to be the settings you are looking for.

    Also, I got a Tape & Float pan for the brass, it works far better than the small pan that comes with it. GOOD LUCK, I love mine…

    Dan
     
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