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Cleaning with simple green

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by mikemenzie, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. mikemenzie

    mikemenzie Dallas Active Member

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    Hey there, all.
    I just watched an old (emphasis on old) AGI video on the Ruger 10/22. Some bit into the video, the speaker details how he cleans the parts. Granted, he has every single piece taken apart and laying in front of him, so some of what he does wouldn't be feasible in a simple cleaning situation. But he uses Simple Green - which at the time of the video was less readily available, as he suggests finding it at parts stores and such.
    Anyway, he spray soaks every part with Simple Green, lets it soak for a minute or two, then scrubs maybe a few times on each piece, the drops them in a small bucket filled with rinse water. Shakes up the bucket, swishes each part around a bit to rinse, then removes them and lays them on a towel. Dries them off, spray soaks them with break free. Uses a paper towel to wipe off excess oil, and voila. Ready for reassembly.

    Has anyone else ever heard of this? Using simple green to clean your gun, I mean. From what I could see in the video, it did work really well. As the speaker said, all the gunk just fell right off the parts, with little to no scrubbing.

    Opinions? Thoughts?

    -Mike
     
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  2. AMT

    AMT Vancouver, WA. Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I like Castrol Super Clean over Simple Green myself.
     
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  3. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    Just dont use Super Clean on aluminum...it will attack the metal.

    As to simple green, try it....dont see why it wouldnt work.
     
  4. AMT

    AMT Vancouver, WA. Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I DID NOT realize that. THANK YOU!!!
     
  5. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I do use a mixture of part Simple Green mixed with near boiling water to remove cosmoline from metal parts on older guns. I just get a tub, pour in the water, add some SG and let them soak for a few moments, followed by a rinse with near boiling water - strips the cosmoline away very, very well. For the barrel/chamber, I mix up the SG and water and pour it over those parts and down the barrel. Works nice and fast.

    That said, it can also strip away the cheap bluing/finish on some guns, so it's best to test it first. I've used this method to clean off several mosins with no problem.

    I don't think I would use it on my modern guns though, I'll stick with regular cleaners for that.
     
  6. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    had a buddy turn some pistons into jello once... :)
     
  7. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    I use this as well diluted.
     
  8. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Yes, it's a degreaser, i always use a degreaser when properly cleaning, i happen to use MPro7 but that's mostly because it leaves a rust proofing behind so i don't have to worry about when i lube it.
     
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  9. mikemenzie

    mikemenzie Dallas Active Member

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    Interesting. Between gun stuff and lapidary stuff, I seem to find a new use for Simple Green or Dawn dish soap, every day.
     
  10. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    simple green is great. I use it to clean barrels when switch from lead to jacketed.
     
  11. Deavis

    Deavis Mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I use it extensively for firearms!
     
  12. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have used it and it works OK. I bought a Harbor Freight parts washing station and use mineral spirits in it. Crud, no problem! Cosmoline, takes it off like water! Good stuff!
     
  13. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    I wont use water based cleaners on my guns except the muzzle loaders and even then I cringe.
     
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  14. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Simple green has been linked to autism (for sure - I want to say a couple other things but can't say for sure) which may be why it's harder to find.

    15-16 years ago my daughters school was using the stuff to clean everything. Took them some research and they changed cleaning products.

    Now I know this is off the topic a bit but just thought I would toss it out for anyone that may want the info.
     
  15. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I bought a gallon of concentrated SG years ago and used it here and there on all kinds a stuff. As someone else noted, it will etch (in my experience), all kindsa stuff, even in properly diluted form. It will also leave/make a nasty film which will remind you of the tarbaby or the Dr. Suess stain chase fiasco. I will never use that stuff on anything ever again.
     
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  16. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm a lazy caveman so I use Gun Scrubber because the can says that I don't have to disassemble nuttin....... just make sure you wear some kind of eye protection........;););)o_O

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  17. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Interesting for sure but still not for me. I don't clean, wait to dry and put away. I clean (occasionally) dry and oil.

    I like Simple Green for other tasks but I have no need for it around my guns.
     
  18. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    One day maybe I'll try Balistol. I think you can (safely?) eat it too. hungry! Hey, if it's good enough for the Hickok45 man.. hey.
     
  19. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I love simple green. It has helped me with my math:rolleyes:
    I wouldn't use it for my guns. I don't even use it for my smoke pole.I didn't like using soap and water on my $100 mosin
    But I don't see a need to completely degrease my guns.