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Old 07-12-2013, 08:47 AM   #1
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Liquid Wrench Stinks!!! (Literally)

I recently bought 3 Safariland holsters for my 3 SIGs and found that 2 of then were just a little bit stiff on the draw. So, I took the owners' manual's advice and went out for some silicone spray. Since I had to go to the auto parts store in any case for something else, I asked them if they had silicone spray on hand. The clerk recommended Liquid Wrench. The price was right, so I took a can home with me.

I applied a light coat to the inside of my P239 holster, wiped the excess out with a rag, and tested the pistol for fit. It drew very slickly, but came out wet; so I wiped the gun off, then wiped the holster out again, pressing as hard as I could to get the moisture out of the suede lining. I also noticed a distinct (and distinctly horrible) smell in the air, which I figured would go away eventually- so I let the holster dry overnight.

That was about 3 weeks ago. My holster (actually, 2 holsters, I treated my P229 holster too) both still stink of Liquid Wrench. Worse than that, my pistols also stink of silicone spray, no matter what holster they are in and no matter how many times I clean them off.

Does anyone else have any experience with Liquid Wrench or a similar silicone spray, and most important, does anyone know anything that counteracts the smell of the stuff?
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I have not used that particular product. For my leather, I like Galco's QuickDraw solution. It's not a spray, just a viscous liquid. I put some on my fingers and apply. Let it dry for 10 minutes, no smell, no mess on my Sigs.
That said, hindsight is 20/20.

As something that might actually help, have you tried the bachelor's laundromat, good ole Febreeze?


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yes but not with leather holsters. recommended by this holster maker, wax paper, waxxy side out.
http://garritysgunleather.com/
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I wasn't clear enough about the holsters involved, they are Safariland ALS which are made of Kydex (which that company calls "SafariLaminate" for whatever reason) and lined with suede; this is what they recommend be sprayed with silicone to slick it up.
Here's my P239 in the holster.



I have no leather holsters.

I had not thought of Febreeze, might be worth a try.

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. . . they are Safariland ALS which are made of Kydex and lined with suede; this is what they recommend be sprayed with silicone to slick it up.

I have no leather holsters.
I may be misinformed but is not suede a leather product? I would personally NEVER use any Liquid Wrench product on leather. A plain silicone spray is available from Meijers or Walmart, that most likely would be more in line with Safariland's recommendation.

I second the Galco leather conditioning product. Cleans and protects the leather without damaging like a petroleum distillate can.

Sunshine is one of the best odor killers available. Leave 'em in the sun a few days, should clear it right up.
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I may be misinformed but is not suede a leather product? .
D'OH!!!!!!

Never even crossed my mind...I guess I figured everything else was synthetic, why not synthetic suede too?... But the side of the can says "use for sporting goods equipment" among other things, seemed to fit the bill.
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Pleather?

Or consider the endangered species, the rare nauga, from which naugahyde is derived.
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Not to mention the majestic Spaminal, 4 inches tall, moving in huge herds across the plains of Wyoming and Nebraska.

I saw a man trampled to death by Spams once... it haunts me to this day.
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you certainly have a lot on your mind these days.
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I've just become less shy about asking dumb-ass questions.
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Be careful with Liquid Wrench on plastic. It is a penetrating solution and may not play well with your Kydex. Silicone is a safe solution to use on most everything.
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Liquid Wrench is silicone, according to the can- says it's safe for plastic among other things. 3 weeks later I haven't noticed any problems yet. I'm taking Mal's suggestion and setting the holsters out on the porch for a while, maybe the sunshine & fresh air will do the trick.
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In general, Liquid Wrench is made for getting old, stuck bolts to budge. It's not strictly a lubricant. It comes in several different varieties - you should try the Dry Lubricant version.
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I've just become less shy about asking dumb-ass questions.
no such thing as a dumb question.
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