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Cosmoline cleaning vs finish damage

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by little joe, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. little joe

    little joe Well-Known Member

    Read all the threads, online researched and did not see this question answered.

    Would the hot water method of cosmoline removal "harm" the parkerizing on a refurbished Remington 1903 rifle in anyway.

    Never had to clean cosmoline before and trying not to bugger up my rifle......

    Thanks for your thoughts and experiences.....Joe
  2. BurningSaviour

    BurningSaviour Well-Known Member

    I typically use a fabric steamer for removing cosmoline. You can use hot water just fine, but you really don't want to get the furniture water logged. It's going to be a time consuming process, regardless.
    http://www.surplusrifle.com is the site dedicated just to these sorts of things. They have excellent resources there, and more methods of cosmoline removal than you can shake a stick at.
  3. mannac

    mannac Well-Known Member

    The best way to remove cosmoline is with regular gun cleaning solvents or automatic transmission fluid. I know your typical solvents will hurt the finish, but I've heard of people soaking Mosins in ATF to remove the cosmoline out of the wood. I haven't tried this with mine though.
  4. MarineOne

    MarineOne Well-Known Member

    Dawn dish washing soap and hot water won't hurt the metal at all.

  5. hadmanysons

    hadmanysons Well-Known Member

    Mineral Spirits. Cleaned out my AK like a champ. Cheap too. Half gallon at walmart is like 5 bucks

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