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#5975671 - 12/29/11 09:57 AM Homemade degreaser for Duracoat/Cerakote
270wsmnutt Offline
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I know this has been posted before, but I can't find the link. I am looking for a good/cheap degreaser for Duracoat/Cerakote that will not leave any residue?

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#5975961 - 12/29/11 11:26 AM Re: Homemade degreaser for Duracoat/Cerakote [Re: 270wsmnutt]
kend Offline
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I use lacquer thinner and have had no problems. Lauer says that "most" lacquer thinner is fine, but not as good as their product. I'd like to find a non petroleum base degreaser that would work.
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#5976030 - 12/29/11 11:41 AM Re: Homemade degreaser for Duracoat/Cerakote [Re: 270wsmnutt]
pal Offline
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Acetone or industrial alcohol should do it, but don't get acetone on your stock finish.
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#5976174 - 12/29/11 12:12 PM Re: Homemade degreaser for Duracoat/Cerakote [Re: pal]
270wsmnutt Offline
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Thanks for the input. I have already sandblasted the action. Would it be best to degrease first, then sandblast? In the past, I would sandblast, then degrease but have had some problems with the finish and suspect it to have been the degrease solution.

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#5976309 - 12/29/11 12:47 PM Re: Homemade degreaser for Duracoat/Cerakote [Re: 270wsmnutt]
free_miner Offline
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If you do not degrease before blasting, your media will get contaminated (even lightly) and will continue to drive grease into the metal.

I know you can degrease it off of the blasted metal, but why let it get there?

I detail strip and wash with very hot soapy water and a toothbrush before blasting. If there is any hardened oils I use Wipeout or engine degreaser to soften it, then I wash it again.

Aluminum Oxide is expensive and you may as well keep it as clean as possible for as long as possible.

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#5977067 - 12/29/11 04:09 PM Re: Homemade degreaser for Duracoat/Cerakote [Re: free_miner]
McCray Offline
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I use brake cleaner before, then Simple Green and as hot of water as I can stand after blasting.
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#5978306 - 12/29/11 08:40 PM Re: Homemade degreaser for Duracoat/Cerakote [Re: McCray]
Mauser98 Offline
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Loc: Sunshine Coast, BC
When degreasing before rust bluing, I use Mean Green first then Castrol Super Clean.
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#5980115 - 12/30/11 12:28 PM Re: Homemade degreaser for Duracoat/Cerakote [Re: Mauser98]
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I use lacquer thinner or brake cleaner, then an acetone wipe. I generally have acetone on hand for making the 50/50 acetone / atf penetrant mix.
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#5980179 - 12/30/11 12:54 PM Re: Homemade degreaser for Duracoat/Cerakote [Re: 270wsmnutt]
MColeman Offline
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Registered: 07/15/04
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Loc: Greenville, AL
I blast then put latex gloves on to handle the piece. I use Carb/Brake cleaner in aerosol cans sold by Wal-Mart. Works like a charm.

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