White stuff on my guns


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SomeKid
September 22, 2008, 11:17 PM
I finally got a chance to clean some of my guns after a decent rain we had here, and most of them had this white film on them. It wiped off, but was all over them, especially the stocks. My Garand looked like it was covered in snow for example.

if there a way to prevent it in the future? It is worth noting, for the next year I am finishing out college, and am in a less than well built home and it gets really humid in here, especially during rain. (Like the basement, where I sadly had to locate my safe which might get water flowing...literally.)

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bonza
September 22, 2008, 11:26 PM
I've had a similar sounding thing happen to me. In my case it was mold caused by dampness. It actually took a while to get it to go away for good, actually had to wipe the guns over a few times with a diluted bleach solution, to kill the mold spores, before reoiling. Make sure your gun cabinet is dry inside, especially any foam or carpeting that may be in there. I wouldn't personally store any guns in any bags/cases unless you know they are dry though I do sometimes use the silicone-impregnated Sack-Ups. I'd recommend you buy some dessicant or a dehumidifier to wick out any moisture in the safe

kingpin008
September 22, 2008, 11:30 PM
Probably some form of mold, like Bonza said. Wipe down, sterilize with appropriate solution, store in dry place from now on. :)

SomeKid
September 22, 2008, 11:31 PM
bonza,

Wouldn't the bleach be hard on wood stocks?

Old School
September 22, 2008, 11:46 PM
I have used a vinegar and water solution to kill mold and mildew in the past. But, I have never tried it on a gun.

Ben Shepherd
September 22, 2008, 11:49 PM
MILD bleach solution. Not full strength.

Loomis
September 22, 2008, 11:50 PM
White stuff.

I don't know what it is, but I get it on plastic items(especially baklite) that are left in the basement for a long time. I think the "mold" theory might be correct.

SomeKid
September 23, 2008, 12:19 AM
I forgot to mention, it was on my slings as well. In fact, all but one was coated in them. The one they didn't hit heavy was still mostly covered in good old cosmoline.

bonza
September 23, 2008, 12:39 AM
Yes, just a mild bleach/water solution shouldn't harm the wood finish. You may have to scrub your webbing sling with the solution & an old toothbrush.

SomeKid
September 23, 2008, 01:12 AM
It won't turn the webbing white though?

Haemon
September 23, 2008, 01:32 AM
mild solution of 1/4 cup in a gallon will kill anything

Snapping Twig
September 23, 2008, 02:48 AM
The one sure fire way I know of rusting stainless steel is to use bleach on it.

Bleach and stainless are not friends, use something else where you can - light solution or otherwise.

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