I have a small one person studio and have trouble justifying the
price vs use. I currently use an ultrasonic and/or toothbrush as
When I first opened up shop, I used an ultrasonic, followed by a dip
in clear water, and followed that with a dip in alcohol, then a
couple quick huffs, and puffs to blow off the remaining alcohol.
This worked kind of OK. One of my tool reps ( I sold tools also)
brought in a special on a Green Dragon Steamer. I bought one and now
I don’t know how I ever got along without it.
For the steamer to be effective, you need high temperature and a
high velocity on the steam jet. The temperature promotes rapid
drying and therefore few spots. The high velocity tends to blow
away that little bit of crud that escaped the ultrasonic and
toothbrush. While the Green Dragon is not what I would buy if I had
unlimited funds, and while It is not a good choice for a production
shop, the recover time is too long, it is good value for the money
for the small shop.