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Old 03-30-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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Cleaning - rubbing alcohol remove excess oil

I use Ballistol on all my guns. However, for the full metal framed guns, I do not like the excess shine or slick look from the Ballistol on the frame. For one, it leaves fingerprints and gets on your fingers, grip, etc. I've been told that using a little 70% rubbing alcohol, wipe down the frame, etc. will remove the excess Ballistol and leave the flat black finish I'm looking for on the frame and exterior of slide.
I did this today and seemed to work great - both my Sig and Beretta look amazing (note - I'm a clean freak and clean guns every time I shoot).
Any thoughts on the rubbing alcohol to complete the finished look?
thanks for the input.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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I use Birchwood-Casey wipettes Dutch, plus I like the smell!
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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I use Birchwood-Casey wipettes Dutch, plus I like the smell!
Thanks - I'm not familiar with the product. Do you get those at any gunstore?
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At gun stores or online Dutch: officially called Barricade Gun Cloths, about 8 bucks for 25 of em. They individually wrapped.
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Just make sure you don't use rubbing alcohol on any plastic. It can etch plastic permanently.
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i like a light film of oil & wipe with a silicone gun rag.
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Prestone brake parts cleaner = Birchwood Casey gunscrubber for significanly less money. I've used it on everything from Sigs to Perazzi's. Highly recommended to clean the outside of your gun.
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Rubbing alcohol will definitely remove oil from your frame and from the outside of your slide.

But do you really want to do that? A light film of oil is protective, right?
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Stainless slide and alloy frames should be ok to be dry, but other parts like trigger, takedown lever, decocker and the such should have some sort of protectant on them.
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i like a light film of oil & wipe with a silicone gun rag.
I'm with bearone2 on this one.
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I have one of the yellow gun cloths soaked with oil. I finish with a wipe down and it leaves a fine amout of oil. Not enough to fingerprint.
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Re: Cleaning - rubbing alcohol remove excess oil

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I've been told that using a little 70% rubbing alcohol, wipe down the frame, etc. will remove the excess Ballistol and leave the flat black finish I'm looking for on the frame and exterior of slide.
I'd advocate using a more pure form of isopropyl alcohol, 95% or higher. The lanolin and skin conditioners in 70% will also leave a film on your gun, less desirable than the Ballistol.

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If you remove the oil from the metal, guess what you'll be left with? A rust magnet. A solvent such as alcohol will strip the metal bare and here in hot humid FL., that would be a problem.
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Re: Cleaning - rubbing alcohol remove excess oil

I'm not advocating leaving the gun bare, but rather use something other than rubbing alcohol to remove the Ballistol. If rubbing alcohol is used, other impurities will be left on the surface, detrimental to the finish. Ballistol does leave an unusual sheen on metal, albeit very protective.

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Very interesting input. I was not aware rubbing alcohol could damage the finish on a stainless steel slide and alluminim alloy frame. I will look for another another product for finial wipe down. I LOVE Ballistol, but just don't like the final sheen it leaves on the exterior parts of the gun. I will also look into the yellow silicone gun cloth - I have seen those in stores.

Also, I should have mention I clean the entire gun with the Ballistol, and then wipe down the excess Ballistol on the frame and slide with rubbing alcohol. I wouldn't think that the rubbing alcohol would take out all of the oils from the metals, just the superficial aspects.

thanks for the great info!
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