I have been recovering from a nasty bit of food poisoning, and even though I have been recovering my forced inactivity has been chaffing. Especially with projects in limbo. Though I do feel loads better, and my hands have stopped hurting from a marathon knitting session. No doubt due to the enforced inactivity of being as weak as a kitten. If fact I am allowed to have Coffee Today, and from not having any coffee for 3 days boy am I in heaven.
I am asking a few forums, but the more people I ask I am hoping to get some good answers.
I have been finished with deep cleaning my Passap Duo for a few weeks. However I have carbon deposits on all of my pushers, needles, and u-shafts. The U-shafts being the best with only minor deposits, as they were in the best condition with mainly flash rust, with a little surface starting on a handful. The Needles being the worst, as the black gunk setting on the needles was a perfect way for moisture to sit. From the solution I used to get rid of all of the rust that was starting to form. I have already started the task of hand polishing the bits back to nice new slick and shiny.
That is hard work, and a pain in the rear. I have tried, ‘carbon-off’ it helped a tish bit, I only did the needles in that, as getting the carbon off of the latches are important so they open and close easily.
I am stumped, I would dislike having to polish every single piece if I didn’t have to. As that is a 3 step process on every metal bit.
With cloth polishing wheels on my dremel, and flex shaft. (one gets hot I switch so that it appears I am making progress) I use the black compound to get rid of the carbon, scale, and deep scratches. White compound to smooth out the cutting of the black, and is the next step to polishing. The final is the green compound which gets rid of most small scratches and polishes it, then wipe it with a flannel cloth, and good as new.
It is shiny and smooth as a babes bum, mostly. Any I find with excess grooves from the rust taking a munch, I add back to the cleanup line.
My though is, there has to be a better way, but hope is a stern, taxing mistress.