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    Help, messed up my mold.

    So I had been very happy with my lee 230 grain 309 mold. After a few uses I decided to give it a quick scrub with a toothbrush. Well I dont know what I was thinking, the mold was still way too hot and the bristles melted all over the mold, I cant get the gunk off, any ideas or is the mold shot?

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    Tony

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    Get it reeeeal hot and use a brass brush on it....gently.

    You can also try soaking it in acetone...but no promises with this method.

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    Propane torch and bronze brush ?
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    Rub the plastic out with a popsicle stick
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    I did the same thing once. Well, I got it out by soaking it in hoppes a few days, and taking a wooden scraper and picking at it. I also used a bronze brush gently, in a side to side motion in the cavity. It worked. Lacquer thinner did nothing, as it will not melt the plastic that the bristles are made out of.

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    its a lee mold -------- just buy another
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    Try and boil it off ? or maybe freeze it it might just flake off
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    Acetone should dissolve the plastic. Using a popsicle stick and torch sounds good.

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    Photos or it didn't happen.

    Blow torch just melt it off

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    Yep, blowtorch & burn it out. I'd even try "casting" it out first. Personally, I wouldn't scrape on it.

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    Thanks for the help everyone. A brass brush is already working... slowly. I am going to soak it in solvent again tonight and keep working at it until its clean.

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    I did something similar once... I read somewhere that wax was a good mold lube for the spure plate pivot and lock points so while it was hot I touched a piece of crayon to those areas and immediately regretted it the wax ran into the mold cavities and was a mess think I ended up just casting a bunch until it finally melted/ came out of the cavities. Never again!

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    Give it a soak in "Goof Off"

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