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Discussion in 'Gear & Accessories' started by finch6013, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    I want opinion on what you think is your favorite solvent. I am looking for a good spray solvent that cleans well, cost effective and easy to use in the field if needed.
     
  2. Weebs

    Weebs Clackamas County Member

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    I use Break-Free CLP both liquid and aerosol. Works well. No complains but I haven't tried a ton of others.
     
  3. MrNatural

    MrNatural Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Ed's Red has no peer! Its marvelously effective, cheap to make.

    Google for the formula and make yourself a batch. Basically its Automatic Transmission Fluid, Mineral Spirits, Kerosene, Acetone and Lanolin.

    If you leave out the acetone it makes an excellent gun oil.

    There is even a variant for use in black powder guns - "Ed's Pink"

    I make Ed's Red up a gallon at a time. I give a few ounces to friends here and there and most of them end up making a gallon of their own.
     
  4. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    sounds cool. not exactly what I am looking for but for the times I do a full tear down and cleaning it sounds like good stuff
     
  5. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    For (chemically-speaking) organic solvent I like break-free Powder Blast. Degreases like crazy. Pretty tough on some older paint and styrene-type plastics but entirely safe on all parts of AR-15's for example. Not good on fiber optic sights.

    For a water-based cleaner, MC-25 from Mil-Comm works really well, smells like pet shampoo, but otherwise a very good gentle product.

    For chamber/bore cleaning I use the old standby Hoppe's #9 and their Copper Solvent.
     
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  6. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Brake parts cleaner.
     
  7. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    I have been considering that. So you think it works well? what kind is safe for composits?
     
  8. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I use it on metal parts without any problems. It can muck up
    wood finishes, and keep it away from Hi-Viz brand front sights!

    I use it on my Glock competition gun frames, but it turns them
    temporarily grayish.

    This is all with the cheapy wally world 2 bucks a can stuff. Great for
    blasting the crud out of crevices and tight spots. I'm a little bit
    lazy when it comes to cleaning. Blast it with the brake parts cleaner,
    blow dry with shop air, wipe down and lube.
     
  9. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    im the same way. all the speed cleaners i have used leave alot of residue that has to be cleaned.
     
  10. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Be on the lookout for Chloroflorocarbons. They tend to combine with H2O in the air to make HCL, not good for metal.
     
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    Bend Central OR Member

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  12. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    I am currently using that. I like it, although it seems to leave a residue when it dries on parkarized finishes. Have you had any such problems?
     
  13. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    RockKrawler Gresham Member

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    Bend Central OR Member

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    I've used "Scrubber" for years. It does leave a whiteish residue that disappears when a light coat of oil is applied over it. My "major" complaint with the stuff is that it also degreases your fingers and hands. Drys the skin right up. Make sure you use some hand lotion afterwards. Also, use only in well vented areas.
     
  16. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    I just tried the Birchwood Casey scrub, definitely different formula than the Powder Blast, smelled a little like alcohol, but good "flush-out" action for pre-cleaning.

    Boy the reviews on Kano penetrating oil on Midway look like 100% positive. I like that idea of mirror-bright bore. Better accuracy too? Hmmm....
     
  17. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Yeap, I'm usually skeptical of "five star reviews" but in this case there were 52 reviewers and it STILL had a five star rating so I figured it was worth a shot. :thumbup:
     
  18. Inspector

    Inspector Washington State Member

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    Been using non chlorinated brake cleaner for years. I hose the bore on my rifles with it and use it to clean trigger groups. Just remember to keep it away from plastic and wood finishes. Also be aware that it comes out cold and if you overdo it you can cause condensation to form which, of course, can lead to rust.