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Old 01-04-2017, 01:20 AM   #1
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Newish Gun, Annoying Oily Finish

I bought an EAA Windicator .38/.357 snub nose a couple of months back. Made in Germany. I have yet to shoot it, since it's freezing up here.

I've noticed in cleaning it, that there is an oil like substance on the finish. I can cover the gun in bore solvent, and it comes off brown, but it's being a PITA to completely remove. I think it's the gun was caked in it when it was shipped to the USA. I can wipe it off with a towel, and it's still there.

Whats the best way to get rid of this mess? My gut instinct is Naptha. I used to use it to clean gunk off of higher end guitars a while back. Not sure if it would play well with this type of finish.

Fire the gun a bunch, and hope I burn it off?
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Old 01-04-2017, 07:18 AM   #2
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Rem-Action Cleaner.

It dissolves and flushes off anything, dries quickly and leaves no residue.
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Its cosmoline. A degreaser will strip it off, just make sure you re oil the pistol afterwords.
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Remactions getting it off slowly. Thanks for the replies everyone.
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What also works well when they are slathered with cosmolene, is to have a friend who works on cars, that has a "Parts Cleaner" with pump, and filter, loaded with mineral spirits. Stiff bristled "Parts Cleaning Brush" and running flow of Mineral Spirits make quick work of the grease. But as mentioned, you'll need to apply some CLP or other protectant to prevent rusting.
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naptha's pretty harsh, some type of clp would be my choice.
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