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Thread: Is there an easy way to clean a lubrisizer?

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    Boolit Bub
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    Is there an easy way to clean a lubrisizer?

    Iíve run as much of my old lube out as I can, and want to clean out my lubersizer of all the hard, dried lube on the inside before I start back to living with some new I have. Is there an easy way? So far Iíve been scraping out what i can reach, but there is plenty left. I thought about heating it some, maybe a quick trip in the oven? Donít tell my wife!

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    The last time I boiled mine (I have 3) in water.

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    Use your smelting setup and boil it

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    I put a couple of layers of paper towels under mine and use a heat gun on it. Everything runs out of it. Then while it's still warm I twist a paper towel up and push it through holes or into cavities and twist it more.

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    Use a heat gun!

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    Set a 40W light bulb under a towel that is over the lube-sizer. Let it sit there - turned on - for a few hours. ALL of the baked on crud on the inside will melt down to the bottom where it will drain, so put a can under the die hole for drippage.
    If it was easy, anybody could do it.

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    I use an infared heat bulb left over from layer chicken days when they were purchased day old, 400 at a time. 50 years later and the bulb still works! Even better the chickens are loooooong gone.

    I slide a trash can under the mounted lubrisizer and point the bulb at it, 30 minutes later it is completely melted out. I suspect a 100-150 watt incandescent bulb would do the same, just a little slower.

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    I’ve got an infrared heat bulb, don’t know why I didn’t think of that. I will give that a try, if it doesn’t work I’ll boil it.

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    Is there something wrong with the lube in it? If not, put the new lube in and let'r rip!

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    If you're in a hurry-

    Take out the plunger and the die.
    wave a soft flame propane torch around it.

    Don't burn the paint, just heat it up real fast.
    All the mess in there will run right out.
    Everyone can learn from their mistakes.
    However; it's less painful, and cheaper to learn from the mistakes of others.

    Old age and treachery will always overcome youth, and skill.

    OK folks. Enough of this idle chit chat. This ain't no retirement home.
    EVERYONE!!
    Back to your oars. The Captain wants to waterski.

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    Boil it. To prep for painting, boil it again in a solution of TSP, (trisodium phosphate). Sold in paint department at True Value, because nothing strips greasy old kitchen walls better.
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    After boiling it out, maybe a spray can of brake cleaner, sprayed into the nooks & crannies.
    Just keep the spray off the rubber parts.

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    Like those above- I have used my heat gun to great effect. Good luck in whatever you do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conditor22 View Post
    Use your smelting setup and boil it
    +1 ....This is the easy and quick way.

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    Absolute best way.... send it to me and go out and purchase a new one. This way you have no mess or fuss and have a new unit. Meanwhile I will clean up your old unit and I will have another to add to my collection. Its a win win for both of us.

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    I put old ones I get and put them in the oven set on warm on top of a cookie sheet lined with paper towels. Simple and easy.

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    What lube sizer, Lyman, RCBS, SAECO, Star?

    With the Star, you will need to pull the sizing die and the spring and piston, and the top guts.
    NRA Benefactor 2004 USAF RET 1971-95

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    I would suggest heat. Heat gun maybe but be careful mine would melt paint heat lamp and waste basket under it. I use one of wife's old hair dryers .it only takes a few minutes to start melting.

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    Heat gun. I suspect the wife might have a say about using the oven method. If I might add something on the heat gun I needed one to thaw some frozen pipes and found a gun from Wagner that was inexpensive and variable heat settings which for meant I didn't have to worry about setting the house on fire while doing an imitation of the Statue of Liberty

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