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Boric acid + guns = ?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by .cheese., Jul 21, 2007.

  1. .cheese.

    .cheese. Well-Known Member

    Just wondering if I should be concerned. The place just got treated for fleas with boric acid powder in the carpets and some big carpet mixer mixer/vac thing was used to get it deep in there and get rid of excess. Unfortunately the machine also kicked up a lot of powder into the air and I can only imagine some of it will get into the gun safe as my gun safe is unwanted-hands tight... not air tight.

    I would imagine the boric acid can't be all that strong or I wouldn't be sitting here breathing normally.... but I just was wondering if anybody here knows whether this boric acid powder poses any threat to "the collection".

    It only struck me when I remembered 6th grade chemistry. acid + metal = exothermic reaction (or something like that assuming I butchered it like I probably did).

    I looked up Boric Acid and it's supposedly very weak and is often used as a powdered metal lubricant.... I don't think that means I don't have to use Break Free for a couple weeks though............... In fact, I have no clue what that means.

    also apperently with alcohol, some people use it to remove oxidation from jewelry. I wonder if that's a problem as blueing = oxidation.

    Anyways, if anybody knows about this powdered boric acid stuff and if there's anything I should know, like whether I should start cleaning all my guns tomorrow morning when the dust has settled, let me know.
  2. BigRobT

    BigRobT Well-Known Member

    I know they use it on cats when they have an eye infection. Usually, it's the liquid form. I would think a good gun cleaning might be in order just as a preventative measure. Acid (or alkali) & metal don't normally mix.
  3. Alphazulu6

    Alphazulu6 member

    Wipe em down with a little gun oil for good measure.
  4. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Boric acid is a good rust remover. Rust is iron oxide, so is bluing. Clean 'em up. Not just a wipedown.
  5. obxned

    obxned Well-Known Member

    We've used boric acid powder for years for the bugs, and have never had any problems.
  6. 1 old 0311

    1 old 0311 member

    When in doubt, clean them WELL!
  7. .cheese.

    .cheese. Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I think I should.

    Maybe tonight or tomorrow morning so the powder in the air settles.
  8. Selfdfenz

    Selfdfenz Well-Known Member

    Been there, done that. Apparently boric acid isn't very hygroscopic. It seems to say in the powder form virtually forever in my experience. You'll be vaccing it up to a certain extent for a long time. Sure works on fleas and lasts a long time :)

    If you think about it, most flooring under the carpet whether OSB or plywood is nailed or screwed down with steel fasteners. It the BA had a propensity to cause those fasteners to rust it's conceivable you'd end up with rust stains backing up through the carpets or vinyl eventually. That wouldn't be a very desirable feature from the perspective of the homeowner or the company selling the service. Doubtful this material would be as popular as it is if rust was an issue.

    I can't recall even the slightest amount of rust on anything in the house after the treatment including the vac which was mainlineing the stuff for months & which also had a steel bottom.



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