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Posted by tattoo dave on 11/10/09


I clean my machines after each use. someone I recently came across has a mickey sharpz machine as well, which is even older than the one I own, but in mint condition. How can I go about keeping my equipment in pristine condition besides bagging each use and using a good travel case? how do you guys disinfect/ clean without eating away at the machines?



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RE:cleaning

Posted by jess on 11/10/09


thats a good question, my machines are all beat up looking from cleaning them.


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RE:cleaning

Posted by moblue on 11/10/09


you might want to try renaissance wax polish luckys sales it.


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Posted by jess on 11/10/09


for sterilization?


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Posted by tattoo dave on 11/10/09


most machines are not autoclavable (excluding maybe neumas) I mean directly after use after everything is disposed of, what or how can i clean regular coils and keep them looking in mint condition. some people have told me you dont need to clean them if they were bagged, but I like to be thorough.


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Posted by Solomon on 11/10/09


Any machine that is made by a metal that is prone to corrosion should be oiled regularly. I take a qtip and oil down the heads of the bolts the armiture bar, the frame if its iron, everything. My machines never rust or corrode and look like the day i got them. It helps keep a nice vintage look to them too, like an old revolver that has been takin care of well for 50 years. plus its relaxing. heh I love babying my machines.


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Posted by Red Feather on 11/10/09


There is a product available from a company called Dermal Source. They offer a cool little light called the " Degerm-inator. I have not tried it but I seen it at the Portland Tattoo Expo last month and it seems like sound technology. It uses a 354mm ultraviolet light that either kills or renders harmless 90% of all germs, bacteria, virusesand other disease-causing organisms, including Staphylococcus, Hepatitis, E Coli, Streptococcus and Salmonella. Like I said I have never tried it out so you can contact the fine ladies of Dermal Source and get the low down if you feel so inclined.


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Posted by Omar on 11/11/09


I bag all my machines, and then straight metacide them. I am tattooing with aluminum machines so there is no corrosion problem there or frame maintenance issue.

I also rub a bit of ointment to make the color shine even more.
I also put ointment in my springs after cleaning the machine so they don't rust.


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Posted by Deweysmithtattoos on 11/11/09


Bagging your machine mainly keeps you protected from ink possibly ridding up the tube and splatting on your arms and face.....at least thats how i see it.....bagging wont keep your machine like new......i agree with above renna wax and clean....dont spray your machine down....watch what ya clean them with...


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Posted by jess on 11/11/09


good post not trying to offend.


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RE:cleaning

Posted by markkidd on 11/12/09


I called Micky Sharpz USA (R.J. & Dottie) about 7 years ago and asked them what care they suggested for their machines. They said wipe down with alcohol (not sure what they recommend today) Nothing against that but, that wasn't quite enough for me. I barrier bag, use Sani-Cloth Plus (red top - high level) to wipe it down very thouroghly everywhere, then use alcohol wipes to wipe away any excess residual from the high level and to evaporate any excess moisture to help limit corrsion. I also go at it with Qtips and toothpicks. Every so often you may want to strip your machines down to the frame, re-oil/wax it, clean em up, respring em, clean points, coils, etc, and rebuild. All cleaned up and re-tuned, they should run like a champ. If you lack the confidence or experience to tear down your machines you may want to pick up the Godoy Brothers book "Tattoo Machines & their Secrets." Hope that helps...


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Posted by At on 11/13/09


what kind of oil do u all use ? i try to clean but it seem to rust on the spring n the screw too. is hard for me . cos i travel alot when i go to a place that is cold n then back to asia where is warm . when i reach home i start to see my spring rusting away . i think is dune to the hold n cold .

Sorry for the bad english.


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Posted by Jimmy on 11/13/09


I bag my machines and every once and a while I find a little bit of ink spray on my coils and grommet. I've ignored so many people who have tried to show me quick ways to keep a station clean. I know everyone loves the machine they work with but replacing it because you cleaned it too much might not me such a bad thing.


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Posted by Seven on 11/17/09


Id like to share with you my product of chioce and IMHO.. the greatest product on earth for SAFE and superior disinfecting ; BIOTEXT...it wont corrode your machines (from my experience) .Apparently the guy who reps this stuff drinks it in front of people...its so bio friendly that it wont harm you to do so...It prob tastes pretty bad haha...many products used in our industry are carcinogenic,,Biotext is not..here's the site
http://www.micrylium.com/products.php?lang=EN&ID=7&col=pID
hope I helped in a couple ways here..ps I think WW tattoo sells it too
Seven, seventattoos.com peeece


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RE:cleaning

Posted by inksane on 11/19/09


i understand and agree about bagging and cleaning the machines after work, i'am useded to this practice nothing new for me.

my question is: if you oil the machines, make them all shiny, like they are new. what if you get to much oil in parts that are difficlt to reach or that you can't even see, the next time you work (all bagged and all protected there is still a chance for micro organisms to get airborne, so if you have a tiny oily place and the micro organims reach there, they will have a place to incubate, since it's a hard to reach place, chances are great that the next time you clean you don't reach that place.
will that not make the machine more prone to contamination on long term. if not oily the micro organisms will not stick easy on the machine, my point of vieuw

what do you guy's think of this?

i'am sorry for the english' can handlle 5 languages but this is not my strongest one.


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RE:cleaning

Posted by ASaucedo on 11/22/09


I totally agree that oiling your machines is a bad idea as far as contamination control. Oil on the surface of machines is a breeding ground for bacteria and overly waxing the surface can have the same effect. Springs and A-Bars are replaceable as are all the fittings on a frame. Coil tops can be polished every once in awhile. If you can't put it back together, you shouldn't be holding the machine in the first place. The light sounds like a good idea also corrosion resistant or corrosion proof materials are great for frames: aluminum, titanium, copper, high density plastics, powdercoated frames, painted frames, etc. If you must oil some parts, look up medical or dental grade lubricants and protectants. It seems like a lot to worry about but dentists and doctors have everything in check every day so why can't we.


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