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Cleaner on outside of rifle for ARs.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SilentStalker, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. SilentStalker

    SilentStalker New Member

    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?
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Active Member

    Solvent shouldn't hurt it.
  3. TonyAngel

    TonyAngel New Member

    It depends on the solvent. Plain Jane cleaning solvent, like Hoppe's, shouldn't hurt anything.
  4. tom e gun

    tom e gun New Member

    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.
  5. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish New Member

    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.
  6. SilentStalker

    SilentStalker New Member

    So, spraying CLP over the entire gun before putting it away for storage is a bad idea as far as the polymer parts go?
  7. JustinJ

    JustinJ New Member

    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.
  8. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Active Member

    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.


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