Anyone used Magic Eraser on/in their gun?


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gossamer
January 23, 2013, 12:20 PM
I couldn't find another forum where this was suited to. Please feel free to move as warranted.

I was wondering if anyone had ever tried a Magic Eraser on their gun? Specifically to remove pitting/minor rust on a blued gun. Any problems with removing blue finish?

Also, has anyone tried it as a bore cleaning patch? Seems to me like it might be a good intermediate step between brush and cotton patch.

I've used these on all kinds of stuff and it's worked great (aluminum wheels, porcelain basin, polymer and even glass). No scratches.

Just curious.

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Navy_Guns
January 23, 2013, 01:00 PM
Dang. My wife's going to be pissed when she suddenly can't find her Magic Erasers - I've got to try this. I've been amazed what those things can do and never thought about using it on tools or a gun!

HarcyPervin
January 23, 2013, 01:03 PM
great idea, never thought to try that either...

zdc1775
January 23, 2013, 01:07 PM
Don't they have to be wet with water to work?

BHarada
January 23, 2013, 02:13 PM
My friend on another forum uses them to clean off the excess paint when he filled in the roll marks on his AR. No harm done to the receiver's finish.

trailgator
January 23, 2013, 02:15 PM
Magic erasers are destined to take a spot (no pun intended) next to duct tape and WD40.

gossamer
January 23, 2013, 02:40 PM
I've used them to good effect dry and wet. But never on a gun . . . yet . . . *rubs hands together*

Drail
January 23, 2013, 02:41 PM
You guys have been watching too many ShamWow commercials. Magic Eraser will NOT remove rust/minor pitting etc. NOTHING will "remove" pitting. This is like the guy on TV that sprays the black sealer all over a screen door and then mounts it in the bottom of a boat. Saves THOUSANDS of dollars!!! Use it on your leaky roof!!! Come on, guys, you're not really that gullible are you?

Sav .250
January 23, 2013, 02:49 PM
Minor stuff can be rermoved with a pencil eraser also. Minor being the operative word.

gossamer
January 23, 2013, 02:54 PM
You guys have been watching too many ShamWow commercials. Magic Eraser will NOT remove rust/minor pitting etc. NOTHING will "remove" pitting. This is like the guy on TV that sprays the black sealer all over a screen door and then mounts it in the bottom of a boat. Saves THOUSANDS of dollars!!! Use it on your leaky roof!!! Come on, guys, you're not really that gullible are you?

I guess I shan't believe my own lyin' eyes. I've removed (gotten rid of, buffed out, polished, ___ insert your term of art here____) surface rust and minor pitting on unfinished metal motorcycle parts, tools etc. with magic erasers, steel wool and a buffing wheel on a bench grinder.

None of these were blued or finished, which prompted my question. I don't know what spray you're talking about. Don't own a TV.

Dentite
January 23, 2013, 02:54 PM
It's a mildly abrasive pad. I had to temper my wife's enthusiasm in then when I showed her that it not only removes marks, it will also remove paint from the wall.

Whether or not it would remove the finish from the gun will depend on what type of finish, how hard you rub, how long you do it, etc.

Shadow 7D
January 23, 2013, 04:15 PM
You guys have been watching too many ShamWow commercials. Magic Eraser will NOT remove rust/minor pitting etc. NOTHING will "remove" pitting. This is like the guy on TV that sprays the black sealer all over a screen door and then mounts it in the bottom of a boat. Saves THOUSANDS of dollars!!! Use it on your leaky roof!!! Come on, guys, you're not really that gullible are you?
Do, you bother to read, or just assume
http://www.mrclean.com/en_US/magic-eraser-extra-power.do
http://media.mrclean.com/en_US/products/images/products_original232x234.jpg

It's a micro abrasive sponge
yeeeepeers that's up there with Sham...
dude get a clue

That said, I find that brass or copper wool is one of the best for removing rust without touching the finish.
choreboy is the brand.

xjsnake
January 23, 2013, 04:57 PM
I use them to clean my G10 knife scales. Works great!

vtail
January 23, 2013, 05:06 PM
I did some research on these several years ago and discovered these are sold in big panels as acoustical insulation. I'm sure if a guy looked hard enough you could find this much cheaper when purchased that way if you really plan to use these a lot.

flhtcuibyhd
January 23, 2013, 06:27 PM
Yes and now I can't find any of them .....................


Sorry could not help myself.

TennJed
January 23, 2013, 07:21 PM
You guys have been watching too many ShamWow commercials. Magic Eraser will NOT remove rust/minor pitting etc. NOTHING will "remove" pitting. This is like the guy on TV that sprays the black sealer all over a screen door and then mounts it in the bottom of a boat. Saves THOUSANDS of dollars!!! Use it on your leaky roof!!! Come on, guys, you're not really that gullible are you?
Have you ever actually used one? My silly old gullible wife bought a box of them at the regular old non tv store and her box must be defective, because they actually work as advertised. They are great for a family with 2 small kids. Takes marks out of all surfaces around the house.

The OP has a great questions. I may try it on a gun tonight

jeepnik
January 23, 2013, 07:26 PM
Old school, but a copper penny works wonders. Then again, finding a real copper penny is probably pretty hard these days.

gym
January 23, 2013, 09:25 PM
Those things work great.

Airbrush Artist
January 23, 2013, 09:40 PM
Sodium Chloride and Formaldehyde traces in the ingredient, My Son is Chemical Engineer at Ashland Chemical..He says Neither One of these are a good Idea on anything that could increase in value over a period of Time....I'd put Firearms on that list... Formaldehyde being the worst it can be deadly...

JRH6856
January 23, 2013, 09:45 PM
Magic Eraser is melamine foam. It is a micro-abrasive, like really fine sandpaper or steel wool, and it works exactly the same way. If the substance you are trying to remove is softer than the surface it is on, the softer substance will be abraded away first. If not, either they both are abraded, or nothing happens. Melamine foam will remove both cold blue and hot blue but the hot blue takes a bit more effort. If you use to to remove rust, be gentle.

gossamer
January 23, 2013, 09:47 PM
Great information Airbrush and Micro... Thanks!

jeepnik
January 23, 2013, 10:54 PM
Sodium Chloride and Formaldehyde traces in the ingredient, My Son is Chemical Engineer at Ashland Chemical..He says Neither One of these are a good Idea on anything that could increase in value over a period of Time....I'd put Firearms on that list... Formaldehyde being the worst it can be deadly...
The key word is "traces". For Pete's sake, you'd have to drink the stuff to get enough formaldahyde to do any damage.

Oh, and guess what, I be a chemist, eyes can even spell it.

Airbrush Artist
January 24, 2013, 09:34 AM
Traces, certainly,but I mentioned long term application would Take its Toll...If someone is a compentent gun owner who cleans his firearm or collects them Cleaning should be done on a Regular basis, I clean My weapons after each time I use them...

M-Cameron
January 24, 2013, 12:24 PM
Traces, certainly,but I mentioned long term application would Take its Toll...If someone is a compentent gun owner who cleans his firearm or collects them Cleaning should be done on a Regular basis, I clean My weapons after each time I use them...
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Hell, given the amount of trace material you come into contact every day.... I'm going to bet occasional exposure to traces of formaldehyde is the least of your worries....

It's not trace exposure to chemicals you need to worry about, it's exposure to substances your body has a hard time removing(ie. heavy metals)

I would be more concerned about all the lead you are breathing in at the range than I would be about chemicals in my cleaning products.

gossamer
January 24, 2013, 12:34 PM
Hell, given the amount of trace material you come into contact every day.... I'm going to bet occasional exposure to traces of formaldehyde is the least of your worries....

It's not trace exposure to chemicals you need to worry about, it's exposure to substances your body has a hard time removing(ie. heavy metals)

I would be more concerned about all the lead you are breathing in at the range than I would be about chemicals in my cleaning products.
I think he was talking about the risk to the gun/finish of those trace amounts for formaldehyde and Sodium Chloride. Not me personally.

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