Cleaning Tender Pick-up Wheels...

I see videos and photos of your wheels after cleaning, and they look shiny and bright: much better than when I clean them. What's your secret? I use a wire wheel in a Dremel, but they tend to look a little dark, not at all shiny.

Mark in Oregon 

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What I do is when using the Dremel tool on a given wheel I use my thumb to put a little drag on the opposite wheel on the same axle. This lets the Dremel more or less concentrate it's effect on the brass even though the wheel/axle assembly is still turning. Without the resistance all the Dremel is doing is spinning the assembly instead of cleaning off the grunge built up on the wheel.

Mark

Martin Derouin posted:

Has anyone ever tried a Q-tip dipped in Tarn-X to clean them.  I have used that to clean the copper pick up strip riding on the axles...

Marty

kenv posted:

use lighter fluid on a q-tip

I used Goo-Gone on a Q-Tip to clean the wheels on a recently completed project.  It got most of the gook off, so I still dressed the wheels with the wire brush in my Dremel.

Rusty

kenv posted:

use lighter fluid on a q-tip

Yes (or mineral spirits, too).  It may not leave the wheels shiny, but it will take off all gook, oil, and grease.  And not harm any plastic. 

Paul  

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