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    Best way to clean Machine Oil from new RDA's

    Hello,

    I have been buying some RDA's recently (clones) and a few of them have arrived with machining oil on them. Its not actually visible but you can taste it when you vape which is off putting.

    I have tried:

    Hot Soapy water
    Hot Soapy water with salt
    Hot Soapy water with salt and vinegar

    One or two RDA's I have cleaned several times but the oil taste although slightly improved never seems to go away. Its very stubborn and I'm wondering what others use to clean theirs?

    What options are there for this? Is there some magic solution for this?
    Last edited by eLicky; 20-09-16 at 12:06 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eLicky View Post

    What options are there for this? Is there some magic solution for this?
    I chuck mine in vodka.
    Always seems to work. And also a good excuse to have a f*k ton of vodka at home
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    Dr. Bonners Pure unscented soap a strong mix in warm water was the only way I could get some Fasttech clones clean!
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    Drop in a glass of water, submerge all metal parts, then in the microwave. Have a couple of vodkas. (the stuff you were going to waste) Leave it to cook for five minutes. All squeaky clean.
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    An ultrasonic bath for 30 mins with Simple Green then a rinse with warm water.
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    When you dismantle for cleaning remove o-rings and clean them plus their channels as well. They tend to soak up some of the oil. If the taste is still there try replacing your orings
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I think what we're dealing with here is a little more than just machine oil left over from the machining process.

    As I explained this oil or residue doesn't even give a visual appearance. It appears what's happened is the leftover machine oil has oxidized creating a coating over the stainless steel parts, this is why it never seems to go away because no light cleaning will remove it. I have however from research on the Internet found a solution.

    I think if you're simply removing leftover oil that hasn't embedded itself into the metal parts a decent hot soap bath would remove it (which I had tried several times)

    What I ended up doing was soaking the RDA in vegetable oil over night, appereanrty this fights fire with fire and the oils combine washing away together afterwards. I then cut 1/2 a lemon up threw it in a pot and boiled the RDA for about 10 minutes (a lemon boiled inside a kettle will make it squeaky clean and shine again)

    After these methods I have removed the taste and the RDA is quite good.

    So a word of note, these Fast Tech clones often sit around in storage for sometime, the oil left over actually bonds to the stainless steel and oxidizes. After this you have a stubborn taste which really doesn't like to go away easily. The vegetable oil trick and a final boiling lemon bath seems to do the trick.
    Last edited by eLicky; 20-09-16 at 09:39 PM.
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    I'm kinda old school when it comes to cleaning
    I will do most of the above (except ultrasonic because I don't have one) but also wipe all surfaces with a cotton bud during the cleaning.
    Usually repeat the process twice to be safe
    Some things only a wipe will dislodge properly
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    Hot water, bi-carb and vinegar.
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    Also, something that happened I should mention.

    After all the soaking and fluids over my RDA, some (I gather vegetable oil) had gotten beneath the peak insulator for the positive post.

    Without knowing this then hooking it up to my Geekvape 521 tab was an interesting experience.

    Rapidly changing ohm readings, kanthal wire almost turning white from heat and a few decent sparks lol.

    All is well now...
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