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How to clean metal files??

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How to clean metal files??
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 9:34 AM
Recently I have used files for first time to clean white metal parts that come with the Hasewaga Su 27 Flanker. You probably have noticed that the metal build up on the file turning into a dull surface, I don't believe that the files are for just one use I was wondering how do you clean it after use??

Thanks for the advise.

Saul
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  • From: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Posted by mm23t on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 10:46 AM
I use a small wire brush that I purchased at Home Depot.

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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 12:58 PM
A small brass wire brush works the best for me.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 3:36 PM
There is a tool called a file card that is specifically made to clean files. As mentioned, a wire brush works also. You might try putting a wire wheel in your Dremel and spin it out that way.
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Posted by gbritnell on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 4:45 PM
Saul,
White metal, zinc, pewter, all of these metals are very soft and tend to clog files, especially needles files or rifflers. You can try using a wire brush but if the metal is really stuck to the teeth you might have to get a sharp probe and just pick it out. It's not as hard as it sounds. When you get them clean here's a trick that I was taught as an apprentice patternmaker. Get some ordinary chalk, like the kind that is used on a blackboard, and lightly rub it onto the file before you start filing. The file will still cut but the chalk will prevent the chips from sticking to the teeth. I hope this helps.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 8:59 AM
Cool tips, thanks everyone.

Saul
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Posted by paulnchamp on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 8:17 PM
Micro-Mark Tools sells a pair of brushes that look exactly like toothbrushes, but have metal bristles. Great for cleaning files and drill bits. I think I paid about six dollars for them (about ten years ago).
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 23, 2004 9:20 AM
Thanks paulnchamp, I'll check that.

Regards
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Posted by chopperfan on Thursday, December 23, 2004 10:43 AM
I wouldn't recommend using a Dremel tool. This can dull the file.
A bronze brush is best.
The chalk idea really works. You can also use soapstone, available at most farm supply stores and ALL welding supply stores.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 30, 2004 6:56 PM
how about a wire brush at low RPMs ? is that OK? by low RPMs i mean its so slow that i can put my finger on the edge of the cut-off wheel and follow the weel around.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 31, 2004 1:22 PM
Use a soft brass brush availble at Home Depot in the Plumbing dept DO NOT use a steel brush it will ruin you files.
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MCCABER
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  • From: Hayward, CA
Posted by MikeV on Saturday, January 01, 2005 12:41 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by mccaber

DO NOT use a steel brush it will ruin you files.


What do you think a file card is made of? Confused [%-)]

Mike

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Posted by STICKMAN on Friday, January 28, 2005 3:35 AM
I use a 1/2" plumbers fitting brush and seems to work well.Can be found in most hardware or home centres.
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Posted by jtilley on Friday, January 28, 2005 11:27 AM
The old metalworker's trick for cleaning files is to dip them in sulphuric acid. For a variety of reasons, though, I'd hesitate to do this with modeling-sized files.

I hate to admit it, but I'm afraid my usual solution when a file gets too dull to work right is to buy a new one. But I usually manage to either loose them or break them long before they reach that point.

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Posted by djrost_2000 on Thursday, February 03, 2005 10:30 PM
Brass brushes at Micromark: http://www.micromark.com
The mail order catalog is nice to have too.

Dave
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 03, 2005 11:47 PM
Use a brass brush. Get your hands on a chunk of beeswax and run the file over it before you start filing. If you are feeling adventurous, heat the file before you run in over the wax. Don't get it too hot or it will lose temper.

I have been using the same files for 15 years

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