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Old 07-03-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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Washing an r-hop

I know that to wash a bucking you simply soak it on soapy water and use a q-tip or something similar to clean it and let it air dry, but what do you do for an r-hop? Or more specifically an ir-hop? I have been using the same procedure as with a bucking but it's so small it's hard to hold and clean at the same time. Does anyone have any specific method for this?
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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on airsoft mechanics i have seen everything from soapy water to rubbing alcohol mentioned, a good number of people seem to use silicon to clean also.
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I would only ever put silicone on the bucking if it was to maintain it, which I haven't experimented doing yet. I use rubbing alcohol for the barrel and was using it with the bucking before switching to soapy water.
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I wash it in .5M HCl, works pretty well.

The I-variant patches can handle 3.2M, so I use that.

Experiment yourself though, depending on the purity of your solution it can get really nasty really fast.



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cheese what exactly is HCI? I tried searching for it but it is too short for the forums and I couldn't find anything useful on google. I am guessing it is some sort of acid by the way you say it can get nasty really fast. Also, when you say "wash" do you mean soaking and drying or rubbing with a q-tip or something else?
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HCL

Hydrochloric Acid.

I mean soaking in it for about 10 sec. Then you have to soak it in NaOH (I use ~.5M again) for a little while, about 3 sec is good enough. Then, DO NOT USE CA on it for at least a few hours, CA reacts violently with the remnants of HCl on the patch (just a teeny bit keeps the bb crap off of it) and it will eat your patch.



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So just soak it for 10 secs and take it out and dry it with cotton cloth or something? And where would I get HCL? I never have to use chemicals such as this but I do want to wash it effectively.
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Maybe less, you have to experiment for yourself. It depends on the size of the patch and the purity of your HCl. Drop it directly from the HCl into the NaOH, and then dry it off.

You can buy HCl granules, you would just mix them with water to mix up the liquid. Do some research into molarity and mixing solutions - this can go horribly wrong if you screw it up.



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I will see what I can do about that. I do have two spare patches because I only used one for my bar10. Is there any other method besides this for the meantime until I get everything and research it more? And I don't use CA. I just keep it loose because I take it out a lot to clean the barrel.

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Maybe less, you have to experiment for yourself. It depends on the size of the patch and the purity of your HCl. Drop it directly from the HCl into the NaOH, and then dry it off.

You can buy HCl granules, you would just mix them with water to mix up the liquid. Do some research into molarity and mixing solutions - this can go horribly wrong if you screw it up.
But for legal reasons do not try this at home kids! Bad cheesman!

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What? It's not illegal to have acids in your home, what do you think bleach is?



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Some kid could read this in like 3 years and wham. Acid burned kids... I just wouldn't encourage it is all.

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Well, .5M is not too bad. Just don't use the 3M stuff, or anything over about .7M and you should be fine.



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King if some kid actually reads through all the posts three years from now the kid probably deserves it. And Cheese weren't you telling me 3.2m is good just a minute ago?
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It is great, but very dangerous. Like eat flesh from your hands dangerous.

.5 is fine to have on your hands for a few minutes, then it starts to burn a little bit.



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