Cleaner on outside of rifle for ARs.


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SilentStalker
June 17, 2012, 10:54 PM
I am just wondering how bad it is to get solvent on the finish of most ARs this includes polymer and any other part that may be plastic. I haven't really paid much attention to that kind of thing when cleaning. I just wipe it off and move on but now that I think about it this may be bad on the finish and the polymer parts. What ^^^do you guys think?

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ColtPythonElite
June 17, 2012, 10:59 PM
Solvent shouldn't hurt it.

TonyAngel
June 18, 2012, 02:42 AM
It depends on the solvent. Plain Jane cleaning solvent, like Hoppe's, shouldn't hurt anything.

tom e gun
June 18, 2012, 02:50 AM
you want to keep most petroleum based lubricants away from your plastic/polymer parts (like hand guards) as much as you can, over time it can weaken the material. solvent i am not sure about, as one of the above posters said, probably depends on what kind of solvent.

TurtlePhish
June 18, 2012, 02:51 AM
Hardcoat anodizing is pretty indestructible unless "The Dip*" is involved. Stock polymer depends on the specific polymer.

*Mix of vinegar and H2O2, dissolves lead like there's no tomorrow.

SilentStalker
June 18, 2012, 03:00 PM
So, spraying CLP over the entire gun before putting it away for storage is a bad idea as far as the polymer parts go?

JustinJ
June 18, 2012, 03:35 PM
So, spraying CLP over the entire gun before putting it away for storage is a bad idea as far as the polymer parts go?

CLP won't hurt polymers and plastics as most lube/cleaners wont either. Its generally the cleaner solvents that can damage them. However Birchwood Kasey makes one that is polymer safe.

briansmithwins
June 18, 2012, 05:04 PM
The big one to avoid is Simple Green. It's basic and eats anodizing and bare aluminum.

Simple Green does make a aircraft cleaner that is aluminum safe and cleans almost as well as MPro7, while costing under $20 a gallon. I've used a lot of it shooting corrosive ammo.

BSW

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