Ed's Red and plastic?


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hcker2000
February 27, 2007, 02:01 PM
A friend was wondering if it is ok to soak plastic parts (s&w m&p compac 9mm) in eds red?

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bogie
February 27, 2007, 02:41 PM
Only if you don't like them.

Big Calhoun
February 27, 2007, 02:47 PM
AFAIK, Eds Red is basically the same as Hoppes #9. I can tell you that Hoppes #9 and plastic are not a good mix. Hoppes #9 and any type of printed material is not a good mix.

As an example, when I clean my gun, I use this old plastic 'bath cup' to discard swabbies and cloths. Well, I just had to throw it out because I left some in there and the chemical reaction basically 'melted' the swabbs and cloths into the plastic.

So, no, not a good idea.

Aguila Blanca
February 27, 2007, 07:47 PM
I believe that Cylinder & Slide's "Dunk-It" product is, in fact, Ed's Red. And C&S has released a revised formulation for use with polymer-framed firearms. I suspect that the "revised formulation" is nothing more (nor less) than Ed's Red without the acetone.

Since the "real" Ed's Red contains acetone, I would not use it on polymer.

bogie
February 27, 2007, 08:28 PM
Hoppes and plastic mixes VERY well.

Or TOO well, depending on circumstances...

hcker2000
February 27, 2007, 09:55 PM
So assuming the acetone was left out it would probably be fine on a polymer gun?

Car Knocker
February 27, 2007, 10:36 PM
FWIW, Ed's Red *without* acetone does not dissolve the plastic guide rod in my wife's Mustang.

SMLE
February 28, 2007, 12:52 AM
I made a batch of Ed's Red without the acetone and store it in a plastic gas can.

hcker2000
February 28, 2007, 09:56 AM
Yea it seems the ideal thing to do is to make some with and with out acetone.

moredes
February 28, 2007, 10:04 AM
There's no need for acetone at all if you're not cleaning remnants of the shotgun wad in shotgun barrels.

Malone LaVeigh
February 28, 2007, 11:28 AM
Ed's = organic solvent

Plastic = organic polymer

Need I say more?

waterhouse
March 2, 2007, 08:00 AM
I'm not sure what those Gatorade bottles are made out of (I thought it was plastic) but I've been mixing up Ed's (with acetone) for about 4 years in the same gatorade bottle with no noticeable problems. I guess it depends on the makeup of the plastic.

Dave Markowitz
March 2, 2007, 11:12 AM
AFAIK, Eds Red is basically the same as Hoppes #9.

This is not correct.

ER is equal parts acetone, odorless mineral spirits, kerosene, and Dexron III automatic transmission fluid.

The formula of Hoppe's No.9 is propretary, but it is known to contain kerosene, ammonia, and I believe acetone. No.9 used to contain nitrobenzene but Hoppe's removed that because it's a nasty carcinogen.

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