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post #21 of 51
You can also get the block chrome plated too. No more tarnish. But in general, it's strictly a cosmetic look. All copper blocks tarnish over time. The tarnish won't affect the performance, unless it's severe at the thermal contact areas.
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Guys thank you all for your answers, very helpful thread.

I think I'll go with brasso to test, anyway, its only 5$ wink.gif
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Hi

Well I started by dissembling the block and notice that the previous owner used Red dye, so I removed everything and put the acetal top and the copper in distilled water and vinegar. How long should I leave it in vinegar? After 10 minutes, it already looks better.

How can I wash the seals?

Next step is brasso on the stains and photos to show you

P1000763.jpg?t=1311814320

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post #24 of 51
i dont see how laying it in ketchup then rinsing it off could scratch it.
    
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post #25 of 51
Tabasco sauce!! While in the Navy, I used this crap on a daily basis for cleaning copper sea water reducer/strainers.

Keep the seals out and away from the vinegar. Rinse the o-ring in mild warm soapy water. Dry by hand and maybe rub some oil on them. Prevent them from drying out and cracking. Check the o-ring as well for any cracks or chips.
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Originally Posted by KaRLiToS;14371999 
Hi

Well I started by dissembling the block and notice that the previous owner used Red dye, so I removed everything and put the acetal top and the copper in distilled water and vinegar. How long should I leave it in vinegar? After 10 minutes, it already looks better.

How can I wash the seals?

Next step is brasso on the stains and photos to show you

P1000763.jpg?t=1311814320

P1000760.jpg

The insides look fine. Since they are not exposed to air, the copper stays clean and oxidation free. Just use a tooth brush to clean away anything laying around in the block and rinse it. No real need to soak it any longer if its clean.
     
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post #27 of 51
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I'm done washing it and rubbing it with Brasso Cleaner, the results are astonishing and It's like if I bought a new one. There are some scratches left by the product but they won't affect the temperature. Thanks to you guys thumb.gif .

PS: Can you point me which oil I should use for the o-ring?

Those are pics of the After

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Edited by KaRLiToS - 7/29/11 at 9:13am
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post #28 of 51
You can try CLR, It doesn't effect or destroy the coppy block at all, But those end results are very clean!
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Great job on the cleanup, it looks good.
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Hi all

Ok, so I woke up this morning and check my block if it was still okay. I left it on the kitchen counter still dissemble. I notice a lot of tarnish stain on both side now. I have Air conditioner and humidity is at 37% ??

So this is how I rinse it
After the brasso, I put it back in distilled water and vinegar, then I used distilled water and dish soap to remove excess, rinse 2-3 times in distilled water after. I didnt have time to take picture, I'm at the job right now, I'll give another brasso shot tonight when I get back home. Do you have any suiggestions ?
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