Cleaning your metal puzzles

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Rdroege
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Cleaning your metal puzzles

Postby Rdroege » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:19 pm

I was wondering if anyone has tips for cleaning metal puzzles. A lot of my Popplocks have started to tarnish, as well as other metal puzzles. My concern with a polishing paste is getting it in the internals of the lock...
BU00613 open GR00374 open BR00308 open R00026 open
AG00262 closed OR00127 closed
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RevoGirl
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Re: Cleaning your metal puzzles

Postby RevoGirl » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:52 pm

Once disassembled to obliterate grease and muck use soapy water and a scrubbing brush on the maze. Put the washing liquid on the brush itself and rub it in and dry thoroughly. If there is no ball bearings add a little bit of grease in one of the reset lines and reassemble! :) It shouldn't take too long but it definitely makes a difference once it has been done. :)

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doc81
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Re: Cleaning your metal puzzles

Postby doc81 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:58 pm

What brand of grease do you recommend? I've seen some mention 3-in-one on here before. I've noticed some of mine feel a bit like they want stick or not slide quite as smooth after cleaning. Thanks!
SET SERIAL #7021
OPENED: AQUA - BLUE - GREEN - MINT - TITANIUM - BRONZE
CLOSED: COPPER - GUNMETAL - ORANGE - INDIGO - SILVER - HANDMADE
LOOKING FOR: BLACK - SALMON - VOYAGER/MERCURY

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RevoGirl
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Re: Cleaning your metal puzzles

Postby RevoGirl » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:01 pm

Here is the link to the grease that we use: https://cpc.farnell.com/carlube/xmg500/ ... 0Chemicals

LM2 Multi Purpose Lithium Grease

Just a tiny bit of grease will do. :)


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