cleaning polymer frames


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gfpd707
October 5, 2010, 06:56 PM
What do you guys use to clean your ploymer framed guns. I have been wipping mine down with a damp rag and then using a rustys rag after that. It seems to make my glock and supernova look new again.

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iiibdsiil
October 5, 2010, 07:03 PM
Simple Green or early whatever else is around at the time on my Glock.

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psyopspec
October 5, 2010, 07:08 PM
Dry rag, Q-tips in the hard to reach places. Lightly lube any metal on the lower, done with that part of the gun.

Shadow 7D
October 5, 2010, 08:21 PM
I kinda like the dishwasher method, but I like my guns even more, I just clean the messes I see, and make sure what I'm using won't eat the plastic. Simplegreen is great, also used laundry detergent and windex, but I was cleaning a MN after shooting corrosive ammo, so it was kinda what I already had out.

glock36
October 5, 2010, 11:33 PM
After a day at the range or just normal daily carry I trust the Rustys Rag. It just makes it that much easier and as stated before makes it look like new.
Good luck
God speed

herkyguy
October 6, 2010, 08:15 AM
CLP, like i use on everything else. Wipe it down, scrub out the tough to reach spots. gun rag at the end. Polymer is too easy.

Sport45
October 6, 2010, 10:39 AM
Ed's Red works well on my XD and 22/45.

Kwanger
October 6, 2010, 10:59 AM
CLP, like i use on everything else. Wipe it down, scrub out the tough to reach spots. gun rag at the end. Polymer is too easy.
+1 - same here.

Waywatcher
October 6, 2010, 11:43 AM
Ed's Red (minus the acetone,) just like the rest of the piece.

On the polymer I follow it up with a dry rag wipe.

Deanimator
October 6, 2010, 12:11 PM
ALL of my firearms are cleaned with Shooter's Choice powder solvent and lubed with Clenzoil.

MinnMooney
October 6, 2010, 12:15 PM
I've only used a stiff, nylon brush and soapy water followed by drying and a touch of oil on any metal parts.

nofishbob
October 6, 2010, 12:48 PM
I scrub where I can with a brush and Hoppe's #9, then hose it down with non-chlorinated brake cleaner, followed by blowing out the residue with compressed air.

I then lube according to the instructions and reassemble...looks like new!

When I detail strip these Glocks, there really is not that much dirt on the frame components that gets missed by the above method.

Bob

Ben86
October 6, 2010, 12:52 PM
I use rem oil, q-tips, a rag, and a plastic brush. My dad just sprays poly safe gunscrubber in his frames. It cleans them ok and quick, but I prefer a more thorough cleaning.

alohachris
October 6, 2010, 01:18 PM
I've used Gun Scrubber Polymer-Safe formula. One problem I've had is that if you let even a single drop get on your sights, it'll eat the paint right off. Anybody have a fix for that?

Sport45
October 6, 2010, 01:24 PM
My email to Springfield:



Hello, I am buying a XD45ACP and have a question about cleaning. I usually use Ed's Red (a mixture of 50% Mineral Spirits, 25% Auto Transmission Fluid, and 25% Acetone) for all my firearm cleaning. I was wondering if this solvent was acceptable for cleaning a XD. I've not seen any ill effects on my plastic grips but I don't get it on the wooden stocks of my Springfield mil-spec 1911A1. It has not affected the polymer frame of my Ruger 22/45. Is there anything in Ed's Red that I should keep away from my XD? What solvents, if any, should I avoid? From what I've read I think I'll like this XD. If it holds up as well as my Springfield 1911A1 and M1 Garand it will be in my family for a few more generations.

Their response:



Thank you for your interest in Springfield Armory Products. Your cleaning solvent does not contain anything that should harm the XD. If a solvent says do not use on Polymer or plastic do not use it on your XD. I do not know of any cleaning solvents that harm the XD frames.

If you have any other questions please give me a call at 1-800-680-6866 ext 8996.

Thank you,

Jon Yacapraro
Dealer Assistance and Response Team
Springfield Inc
420 West Main St
Geneseo, IL 61254

1-800-680-6866

He didn't seem too concerened about the acetone. I use the Ed's Red on mine as well as red-can brake cleaner and haven't noticed any ill effects.

9mmepiphany
October 6, 2010, 01:41 PM
For polymer frames, I also use Simple Green...but soapy water works just as well, if I'm near running water

DoubleTapDrew
October 6, 2010, 02:39 PM
Does anybody use Poly Dunk-Kit? Seems like an easy way to clean polymer guns, just drop em in the tub.

Shadow 7D
October 6, 2010, 04:22 PM
so is the dishwasher

Jed Carter
October 7, 2010, 09:23 PM
90% rubbing alcohol,works on everthing and it won't kill brain cells (unless you drink it). Simple Green leaves a residue, may clean well but any detergent needs a rinse, again 90% rubbing alcohol will clean off the Simple Green, cheaper too.

Ben86
October 8, 2010, 02:51 PM
But, doesn't alcohol degrade polymer?

9mmepiphany
October 8, 2010, 06:36 PM
That hasn't been my experience...has it been yours?

Dionysusigma
October 8, 2010, 08:55 PM
Alcohol degrades some polymers--most notably, natural resins (like cured linseed or tung oil), so don't use it near any wood stock you like since it will ruin it in a hurry. Mineral- or synthetic-based polymers, I don't think it will (though, as previously mentioned, acetone will).

What I'm wondering about is hydrogen embrittlement--using soaps and many kinds of cleaners on aluminum alloys is a flat out no-no; is it the same way with polymers? :confused:

Full Metal Jacket
October 8, 2010, 11:02 PM
I scrub where I can with a brush and Hoppe's #9, then hose it down with non-chlorinated brake cleaner, followed by blowing out the residue with compressed air.

:eek:



i use a dry rag on the polymer, and tetra oil on the metal.

mustang_steve
October 8, 2010, 11:28 PM
Hoppes no 9, first with cleaning cloth (piece of flannel I bought fom a fabric store), then with a dry cleaning cloth (another piece of flannel from the fabric store).

DoubleTapDrew
October 9, 2010, 01:05 AM
But, doesn't alcohol degrade polymer?
I'm not sure if the other brands are different compounds but I believe glock frames use Nylon 6. Here is a paper on what degrades nylon 6 (I think...)
http://www.springerlink.com/content/3l832548044247w7/
Anyone speak chemistry? :)

Mac's Precision
October 9, 2010, 03:08 AM
Everything that comes across my bench gets cleaned in my parts washer that pumps Stoddard solvent. I soak the heavy grime and brush all the surfaces till free of fouling, dried oils. I rinse all the parts clean and blow dry with compressed air. This strips off ALL oils, waxy substances various goofy lubes that people use and leaves me with a hospital clean bin of parts.

This way I can start fresh and get the customer's gun properly cleaned and lubed with the right stuff. (I despise 3 in 1 oil...by the way. That stuff turns into nasty wax that is hard to remove)

I then coat everything with Eezox and put a touch of MilComm TW25B on the rails and locking surfaces.

Often I see guns that are either NEVER cleaned.....or WAY OVER lubed. There seems to be no in between.

On the topic of cleaning compounds....you can use most anything on any gun parts really. Doesn't really matter if blue, stainless or poly. Simple green....Oil Eater...409....Dawn..Joy...what ever. If using water based cleaners...use HOT water to rinse...and compressed air to dry. Make sure all the water is out..and replaced with a good quality lube like Eezox or Corrosion X. I like those both very much. I like Eezox best ;)

Shhhhhh..........don't tell the Corrosion X people that.

Cheers
Mac.

killchain
October 9, 2010, 08:21 PM
I take a 2-inch paint brush and put some CLP on it, and I brush everything out of the nooks and cracks.

Once every six months or so it sees the solvent tank. Just a quick rinse-out, then more CLP. Haven't had one issue, damage, or failure with any of my polymer frames.

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