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post #1 of 12
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Hey guys,

Wondering how I'd go about cleaning Bitspower matte fittings from a previous algae infected system for use in a new system. I was thinking of boiling them clean, however, I'm afraid boiling water will damage/melt the paint scheme...??

How would you clean these...?

This is the product.

post #2 of 12
How serious is the algae? You could try running a vinegar or isopropyl alcohol solution through them for a while if its not too bad.
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How serious is the algae? You could try running a vinegar or isopropyl alcohol solution through them for a while if its not too bad.

It was fairly bad. I didn't have colonies rising up against me or anything, but the water went opaque and grimy. I read in the guides that boiling them is best, but that was for metal fittings, not annodized ones., and I'm fairly certain bleach bathing them will ruin the annodized paint job.

I have 70% alcohol. I could bath them in that + water mix...
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Do you have any spare fittings that you don't really need? You could try boiling one of the cheaper ones and seeing how it affects it lol... Or just try the alcohol solution
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Do you have any spare fittings that you don't really need? You could try boiling one of the cheaper ones and seeing how it affects it lol... Or just try the alcohol solution

None that are painted that I can waste.

Maybe ill just try the 70% alcohol solution.
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None that are painted that I can waste.

Maybe ill just try the 70% alcohol solution.

Actually, i can't use alcohol...that will ruin the internal Orings...crap
post #7 of 12
What about hydrogen peroxide? That would kill any remaining algea
post #8 of 12
don't really think boiling them would hurt them the anodizing process makes the finish pretty hard and durable.
I'd worry more about the seals which i don't think boiling would hurt them either.
post #9 of 12
Hydrogen Peroxide would be a good bet, as it's not corrosive to silicone, won't hurt anodized metals, isn't extremely basic or acidic in OTC Concentrations, and is a very strong biocide.

Just an idea, never done it myself; I just grab my trusty double-barreled shotgun from next to my rocking chair, stand up, and shout at the algae to "get out my tubes!" every few days, and it retreats. thumb.gif
   
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don't really think boiling them would hurt them the anodizing process makes the finish pretty hard and durable.
I'd worry more about the seals which i don't think boiling would hurt them either.

^^ this ...... the Fittings are E-Plated which is pretty durable I would just go a head and boil them ...
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E-Plating
Electroplating is the deposition of a metallic coating onto an object by putting a negative charge onto the object and immersing it into a solution which contains a salt of the metal to be deposited. The metallic ions of the salt carry a positive charge and are attracted to the part. When they reach it, the negatively charged part provides the electrons to "reduce" the positively charged ions to metallic form..
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