Fingerprint oil - How bad is it?? - SIG Talk
SIG Talk Gun Forum

Fingerprint oil - How bad is it??

This is a discussion on Fingerprint oil - How bad is it?? within the SIG Sauer Pistols forums, part of the SIG Sauer Forum category; Hey all, From your experience, how bad is it to leave a fingerprint on a piece of metal? For example, if you're cleaning off your ...


Go Back   SIG Talk > SIG Sauer Forum > SIG Sauer Pistols

SIG Sauer Pistols SIG Sauer Pistol Forum: SIG Sauer Pistols - P210, P220, P224, P225, P226, P227, P228, P229, P232, P238, P239, P245, P250, P290, P320, P365, P522, P556, PM400, SP2022, Mosquito,

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-29-2011, 08:10 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 44
Likes Received 1
Hey all,



From your experience, how bad is it to leave a fingerprint on a piece of metal? For example, if you're cleaning off your gun and miss a print.



Also, why is oil from a fingerprint bad, but yet gun oils are good? Whats the chemical difference...in short-bus terms please.



Thanks in advance!
vertfu is offline  
Register

Welcome to the SIG Talk Forum dedicated to SIG Sauer Pistols and SIG Sauer Rifles.

We welcome everyone and the community is free to join so register today and become part of the SIG Talk Forum!

Old 05-30-2011, 07:36 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 64
Likes Received 0
I'm no chemist, but the general consensus seems to be that gun oil works better than your skin's oil at preserving the metal surfaces on a gun, and as a general rule you want to keep those metal surfaces protected if you are storing it for long periods of time or exposing it to adverse weather conditions.



Oh yeah! I don't think it's the oil from your finger that's the main enemy, but moisture in the form of sweat! Excessive salt-watery contact is supposed to be rough on metal.
JackSauer is offline  
Old 05-31-2011, 08:43 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 172
Likes Received 14
Guns these days have very tough finishes, unlike the beautiful blue finish on guns in the past. The bluing on those old guns was not particularly tough and the guns would rust easily and had to be oiled regularly to prevent these corrosive effects. I remember a fine old Winchester 94 I used to have developing a fine coating of rust after one summer afternoon spent hanging on my sweating shoulder.



JackSauer is correct. Your skin oils contain acids that are corrosive to metal. These days, with stainless steel and various metal treatments and surface coatings, rusting and corrosion is less of an issue. It's still a good idea to wipe down your guns after handling.
Dogguy is offline  
 
Old 05-31-2011, 09:42 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 9
Likes Received 0
Just an illustration of what skin oil can do to, and damage, some valuable metals...



Makarovii is offline  
Old 05-31-2011, 01:37 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 44
Likes Received 1
Thanks guys. I kinda had a brain fart on that one. I guess i kinda forgot about the salty sweaty parts of the fingerprint oil. When your hands are dry and clean it's easy to forget theres still minute quantities of that harmful stuff in the oil. I didn't realize the oils we emit are acidic though. I guess that explains the possible etching if left uncared for.
vertfu is offline  
Reply

  SIG Talk > SIG Sauer Forum > SIG Sauer Pistols


Search tags for this page

do fingerprints harm firearm finish

,
finger print oil
,
finger print oil corrosion
,

fingerprint oil on guns

,
gun finsh that prevents fingerprints
,
is oil from skin bad for gun finish?
,
is skin oil harmful to gun metal
,
oil finger print
,

print finger oil

Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar SIG Talk Discussions
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CCW Renewed! slayer61 Concealed Carry 51 11-14-2017 08:48 PM


Top Gun Sites Top Sites List

Powered by vBulletin 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
Copyright © 2010 - 2020 SIG Talk. All rights reserved.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.SIG Talk is a SIG Sauer Firearms enthusiast's forum, but it is in no way affiliated with, nor does it represent SIG Sauer, Inc. of Exeter, NH.