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Post by messenger 4/8/2022, 7:34 am

My son gave me a Hornady Sonic cleaner with a gallon of Hornady solution. I know a lot of people here clean brass with them. I am totally satisfied with wet tumbling. Cleaning gun parts is what I plan on using it for. Are there any precautions needed to be taken with blued parts? Is sonic cleaning good for removing lead from barrels, comps, suppressors? I am trying to avoid changing the finish/color of the parts. Thanks for any advice.

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Post by shanneba 4/8/2022, 8:30 am

Do you have the Brass cleaning solution or the Gun parts solution?

The Hornady instructions mention this "Do not use the Hornady One-ShotTM Sonic Clean Brass Solution to clean non-brass items, as it may harm some finishes."

It looks like only the Brass cleaning solution comes in a 1 gallon jug.

Lock-N-Load® Sonic Cleaners™ & Solutions - Hornady Manufacturing, Inc

The instructions for the cleaner can be found toward the bottom of the page of the link above.

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Post by messenger 4/8/2022, 2:05 pm

It is the gun parts solution and it is in a gallon jug. It says all about what it will remove but no mention about removing lead which is what my main interest is.

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Post by javaduke 4/8/2022, 2:27 pm

I would try it without a solution first, just use distilled water. Make sure the parts are completely separated, e.g. don't clean a 1911 barrel with link and link pin attached to it. If a lot of cleaning is required, or if there's a surface rust, lot of old grease, etc., boil the parts in distilled water for about 30 min before you put them in the cleaner.

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Post by Wobbley 4/8/2022, 3:59 pm

If you can get some degassed water.  Dissolved air can reduce the effectiveness of water based solutions.
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Post by SingleActionAndrew 4/8/2022, 5:59 pm

My understanding is that the gun cleaning solution has a lubricant so your parts don't start rusting

UniqueTek has an interesting article on ultrasonics. It can be a bit of a rabbit hole. Might be a good idea to read before getting started.
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