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Ed's Red and plastic?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hcker2000, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. hcker2000

    hcker2000 Well-Known Member

    A friend was wondering if it is ok to soak plastic parts (s&w m&p compac 9mm) in eds red?
  2. bogie

    bogie Well-Known Member

    Only if you don't like them.
  3. Big Calhoun

    Big Calhoun Well-Known Member

    AFAIK, Eds Red is basically the same as Hoppes #9. I can tell you that Hoppes #9 and plastic are not a good mix. Hoppes #9 and any type of printed material is not a good mix.

    As an example, when I clean my gun, I use this old plastic 'bath cup' to discard swabbies and cloths. Well, I just had to throw it out because I left some in there and the chemical reaction basically 'melted' the swabbs and cloths into the plastic.

    So, no, not a good idea.
  4. Aguila Blanca

    Aguila Blanca Well-Known Member

    I believe that Cylinder & Slide's "Dunk-It" product is, in fact, Ed's Red. And C&S has released a revised formulation for use with polymer-framed firearms. I suspect that the "revised formulation" is nothing more (nor less) than Ed's Red without the acetone.

    Since the "real" Ed's Red contains acetone, I would not use it on polymer.
  5. bogie

    bogie Well-Known Member

    Hoppes and plastic mixes VERY well.

    Or TOO well, depending on circumstances...
  6. hcker2000

    hcker2000 Well-Known Member

    So assuming the acetone was left out it would probably be fine on a polymer gun?
  7. Car Knocker

    Car Knocker Well-Known Member

    FWIW, Ed's Red *without* acetone does not dissolve the plastic guide rod in my wife's Mustang.
  8. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member

    I made a batch of Ed's Red without the acetone and store it in a plastic gas can.
  9. hcker2000

    hcker2000 Well-Known Member

    Yea it seems the ideal thing to do is to make some with and with out acetone.
  10. moredes

    moredes Well-Known Member

    There's no need for acetone at all if you're not cleaning remnants of the shotgun wad in shotgun barrels.
  11. Malone LaVeigh

    Malone LaVeigh Well-Known Member

    Ed's = organic solvent

    Plastic = organic polymer

    Need I say more?
  12. waterhouse

    waterhouse Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure what those Gatorade bottles are made out of (I thought it was plastic) but I've been mixing up Ed's (with acetone) for about 4 years in the same gatorade bottle with no noticeable problems. I guess it depends on the makeup of the plastic.
  13. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Well-Known Member

    This is not correct.

    ER is equal parts acetone, odorless mineral spirits, kerosene, and Dexron III automatic transmission fluid.

    The formula of Hoppe's No.9 is propretary, but it is known to contain kerosene, ammonia, and I believe acetone. No.9 used to contain nitrobenzene but Hoppe's removed that because it's a nasty carcinogen.

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