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Posted: June 29 2018 at 1:49pm | IP Logged Quote mcmurry

So I have an older RCBS Rock Crusher press that needs to
be serviced. What can be done to clean this, remove the
rust from the chrome handle, lube it, and yet not be
gummy and cause clumping of gun powder. Thanks.

Edited by mcmurry on June 29 2018 at 1:50pm
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Posted: June 29 2018 at 3:31pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

These are good presses. Maybe disassemble and lite lube the pivot points, some fine steel wool and oil on the rust.
If you loose soome chrome, so what. I wouldn't lube anywhere that may contact the powder.
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Posted: June 29 2018 at 7:15pm | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

Or you could call RCBS and they may do it.....

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Posted: July 01 2018 at 12:11pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Guess no one's gonna say it... I'm up then.

Is it covered in encrusted oil & filth? Blackened with
gunk? Then go to the auto parts store and buy a can of
spray on engine cleaner. If you've got a carwash close
by, spray the cleaner all over it and let it soak. Do
this over a couple old towels or big rags. After an hour
go to the carwash and blast it with HOT heavy rinse.
If you don't have access to a carwash clean it the best
you can with the garden hose or buckets of warm to hot
water for the rinse. This will remove tons of filth.

The chrome handle going to rust?. If the earlier cleaning
didn't blast/chip away the loose rust, then remove the
handle from the press. If the rubber handle is stuck on,
heat it with a hairdryer until soft and it should pull
free. Find a pan [you can buy a baking
pan of pressed aluminum at the dollar store cheap] and
put the handle in the pan. Fill the pan until the handle
is coveredwith kerosene [lamp fuel at Wal-Mart will work]
and let it soak a day or two.
When you're at the parts store pick up a wire brush
that's got a wooden handle and short SS
wire bristles. Don't use a bar-b-que brush unless you
want to be covered in rusty kerosene... And pull the rod
from the kerosene and after drai ing off some in the pan,
stroke the brush in one direction (away from you!) while
turning it from time to time. Back into the kerosene for
a rinse. Repeat until the loose chrome is gone and the
rust is mainly black pits or dull iron.

To avoid the ugly factor from here, de-grease the press.
Remove the mechanism, and paint a color of your choice.
While the mechanism is out you can be cleaning it while
the paint dry. The press arm [lever] will likely look
like hell. You can paint it like you did the press. Or
take it to a plater and get it replated in chrome. Black
Chrome is real nice too.

Put your toys back together using just enough grease
applied to moving joints [like a dot of a 1/4"] and
you're done.
Note: people tend to over lube their press and the lever
will constantly fall down from being left upright on the
press. Too much lube! Go easy with the grease.

There ya go. Uncle Wade's quick major overhaul of a nasty
press.

Edited by Old Ranger on July 01 2018 at 12:23pm


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Posted: July 01 2018 at 1:52pm | IP Logged Quote LAH

Old Ranger wrote:
If the rubber handle is stuck on,
heat it with a hairdryer until soft and it should pull
free.


So that's how you do it. Thanks Wade.

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Posted: July 01 2018 at 3:20pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Lynn, you know me, a fountain of ancient information.


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