Gun Scrubber


December 30, 2006, 01:20 PM
When using this product is it okay to pretty much spray it on everything as long as I CLP any of the metal parts afterwards?

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December 30, 2006, 01:25 PM
It'll dissolve certain plastics (for example, CZ75 grip panels): so it's best to remove anything non-metal before using it.

December 30, 2006, 01:58 PM
What about wood stocks is it safe around that?

December 30, 2006, 02:44 PM
Good thing you asked about wood, NO! DON"T SPRAY WOOD!

It will strip the finish off-of wood grips and also will dry out the wood. You will eventually be left with some dull, brittle kindling. I always remove my grips before spraying.

By the way, you can use Automotive Brake Cleaner instead of Gun Scrubber, it's the same stuff at about 1/5th the price. Removes grease & accumulated carbon, leaves metal clean to the surface.

Mal H
December 30, 2006, 02:52 PM
Right you are about Gun Scrubber being brake cleaner. Knowing that brake cleaner will act on oils and grease to remove them, don't use it on anything that you don't want the oil removed from. That includes plastic and wood as mentioned, but also your hands, flooring, table tops, etc. It's strong stuff, and it does a great job at what it is designed for.

It's also best to use it outdoors.

December 30, 2006, 04:26 PM
Make certain that you use non-chlorinated brake cleaner. the chlorinated contains a salt that can damage finish. It has cut my cleaning time significantly:)

December 30, 2006, 04:43 PM
they sell a version of gunscrubber they claim won't harm plastics too

December 30, 2006, 04:51 PM
Non-chlorinated brake parts cleaner is safe for most plastics, CZ grips being one major exception. Test an inconspicious area first when using any new solvent.


December 30, 2006, 05:20 PM
Get some Slip 2000 gun cleaner or some M-Pro7 gun cleaner. They work great and are non-toxic. They work at least as well as any solvent. Try it you'll like it! :)

December 30, 2006, 05:36 PM
This last wwekend, while cleaning a Phoenix Arms HP22 for the first time, I just sprayed everything down with Gunscrubber. After about 10 seconds, the grips started to look funny. Yup, the entire surface plastic melted. I just scraped and dried the grips and now, they arent pretty, but hey, its just a Phoenix.

Wesson Smith
December 30, 2006, 05:56 PM
The only thing I use Gun Scrubber on is the cylinders of my wheel guns. I detach them before cleaning. I won't let it anywhere near my Armalite, or any other weapon tricked out with synthetics or wood. Just my paranoia, I guess. :uhoh:

Prince Yamato
December 30, 2006, 06:55 PM
I've honestly NEVER had a problem with the stuff. I certainly don't BATHE my guns in it, but I spray it liberally down a barrel. So, it's fine on the metals, just avoid getting any on the grips and on wood. Don't freak out if you get a little bit on accident, just wipe it up right away (which is what I've always done, which is maybe why I've never had any problems :) ).

December 30, 2006, 09:56 PM
I'd look into the great Hoppes #9 , the SLIP2000 line of cleaning products the German WD-40, Ballistol ;) and the Hoppes ELITE CLP .

I use a Birchwood-Casey bore scrubber and saw they also make a new synethic cleaner for firearms.

Other useful cleaning agents are at these good website retailers; .



December 30, 2006, 10:36 PM
I have used it on my Armalite. Just sprayed it down the barrel and sprayed down the bolt carrier and bolt. The main issue I had was that is will leave a stain or residue if left to dry without wiping. It is hard to wipe out the flash hider. :)

January 1, 2007, 02:29 AM
In the shop I use whatever we happen to have in stock on the floor at the time. I prefer the BreakFree brand of aresol gun cleaner; smells like citrus, and hasn't harmed any plastic. I still either remove wood, or spray in a way that avoids the wood.

January 1, 2007, 10:19 AM
Simple Green for scrubbing and spray it all away with nonchlorinated brake cleaner, relube, assemble and shoot. Cost way less than all the fancy gun scrubber stuff.

January 1, 2007, 11:15 AM
I've used Gun Scrubber made just for plastic/poly guns on my synthetic guns (XD/Sig) for several years now and it's great on plastic.

Not a finish problem anywhere ever. Tons of fumes though.

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