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cleaning aid for number dials

 
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curtaschweiz



Joined: 10 Dec 2021
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Location: Switzerland

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2022 4:26 pm    Post subject: cleaning aid for number dials Reply with quote

Today, I made 2 fixtures for the carriage castings including the number dials.
This number dials must not be exchanged because they are different! During the cleaning process in the ultrasonic cleaner, they stay in their original position.





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opensourcefan



Joined: 19 Aug 2023
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Location: BC, Canada

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2023 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool!

Have you found that debris collects at the bottom of the fixtures, would slots help with flushing debris?

In respect to ultrasonic cleaning; I suspect the dials may be the most sensitive to chemicals. What liquid do you use for cleaning? What has been proven harmful?

I was thinking water with some dish soap and or a touch of vinegar.
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Sebastian



Joined: 11 May 2014
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2023 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@opensourcefan

For cleaning all parts of the Curta's I've serviced so far I use petroleum/kerosene in my ultrasonic cleaner - it gives my the best result.

Cheers
Sebastian
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Bardamu



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2023 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone,
Since two years I don't use ultrasonic cleaner on any anodized part of a Curta.
Most of the time it works without problem but it may happen that the anodized part whitens (probably due to the fact of a too thin anodized layer). In such a case it's a disaster.
Now I use ultrasonic only on other parts.
For anodized parts now I do like this : the parts soaked for several hours in distilled water with neutral PH soap, then gently brushed by hand with a toothbrush.
Best regards,
Marc Pellacoeur.
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Bardamu



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2023 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

then obviously I rinse.
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