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Old 08-06-2016, 11:03 AM   #1
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Best (or very good) gun solvent

What would you recomend for a good gun solvent to get rid of the embedded dirt and grime that's accumulated over the years? The Hoppes and Outers are fine for normal everyday use, but I need something a little stronger. Thanks.
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Old 08-06-2016, 11:19 AM   #2
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Simple Green Extreme Aircraft and Precision Cleaner

I use Simple Green Extreme Aircraft and Precision Cleaner. (Clear in color) It does an amazing job on my cans. Double check but I believe this stuff is safe on aluminum. FYI the "green color" Simple Green is not safe on aluminum.
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Old 08-06-2016, 11:49 AM   #3
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Never knew that They made Two kinds.
I use the Regular Green one to clean My saw blades.
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Never knew that They made Two kinds.
I use the Regular Green one to clean My saw blades.
Yup, some 20 or more years ago the regular Simple Green was popular with some for cleaning oily aircraft bellies. The Air Force ran some tests and determined that it promoted corrosion of aluminum and of course would wick between aircraft skin overlaps and rivet holes etc. Not good . . . and it was in widespread use at the time.

It quickly went out of widespread use.

Almost, but not quite as quickly, they came out with a version that was not quite so corrosive to AL.

BTW, what really works well on greasy tummies (of aircraft) is GoJo hand cleaner, the original white formula - it's magic, even removes 100LL exhaust. I don't think I'd try it on my gun though!

You might want to try the home brew Red's Bore Cleaner, see:
https://nfa.ca/resource-items/eds-re...solventhttp://

If it's anything like the home brew penetrant for frozen bolts (50% acetone and 50% ATF) which ranks better than ALL the store bought stuff, it might be worth a try.
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This may be "Old School", but if your talking about oil, grease and grime I would suggest something as simple a mineral spirits. This is normally used in parts washers, in automotive, and small engine repair shops.

I have also heard of people using the "Spray on" Brake Cleaner, to degrease items prior to painting, as it cleans off oil and grease, and leaves no residue. Of course scrubbing with a brush helps break up caked on deposits, that the solvents will loosen.
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Kerosene. I just bought a bottle of Hoppe's I'm guessing 3 or 4 oz. for $6.50 and read the label - kerosene!
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I use M-Pro 7 cleaning products. Dunno if it actually does but I feel like it cuts through crud better than hoppes. I usually spray all my parts down and let the cleaner soak in a bit before cleaning. I have also been told I am ADD when I clean my firearms. I strip down the entire gun and usually takes me about 2 hours per gun. My last big cleaning session, I watched the entire LOTR trilogy and got 5 guns done :P
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I use brakeclean in the green can.
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Brake clean or electrical spray cleaner.
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Yup, some 20 or more years ago the regular Simple Green was popular with some for cleaning oily aircraft bellies. The Air Force ran some tests and determined that it promoted corrosion of aluminum and of course would wick between aircraft skin overlaps and rivet holes etc. Not good . . . and it was in widespread use at the time.

It quickly went out of widespread use.

Almost, but not quite as quickly, they came out with a version that was not quite so corrosive to AL.

BTW, what really works well on greasy tummies (of aircraft) is GoJo hand cleaner, the original white formula - it's magic, even removes 100LL exhaust. I don't think I'd try it on my gun though!

You might want to try the home brew Red's Bore Cleaner, see:
https://nfa.ca/resource-items/eds-re...solventhttp://

If it's anything like the home brew penetrant for frozen bolts (50% acetone and 50% ATF) which ranks better than ALL the store bought stuff, it might be worth a try.
Been using green simple green for years, when I detail strip and clean.

Where does one find the aircraft grade version?

I Don't use brake kleen, took the finish off of one of the guns,
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if using brake cleaner, the non chlorinated version is much safer for plastics and dip finishes. If it's really bad, you can use dawn dish detergent, rinse, follow with oil...
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My personal favorite is Frog Lube solvent. Let it sit in the effected area for a bit then take a toothbrush to it and wipe it off. Doesn't stink, doesn't stain and it works great on rust, carbon, and everything else.
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Hoppes NO 9 actually works pretty well but sometimes you need to give it more time to work, even overnight assuming you have the time.

For a more aggressive cleaner I like Butch's Bore Shine. I have also read a lot of good things about M-Pro 7 cleaner. Always read directions on whatever solvent you use as some can damage bore if left in too long or if gets on poly frame and some will strip all lubricant off requiring that you lubricate when finished cleaning areas that need lubrication.

https://www.amazon.com/M-Pro-Cleaner...-pro+7+cleaner

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For a great "home brew" cleaner that probably works better than most anything off the shelf: https://nfa.ca/resource-items/eds-re...w-bore-solvent
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