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WTK about Gunscrubber

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by fatboyclone, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. fatboyclone

    fatboyclone Well-Known Member

    Will Gunscrubber harm a wood stock? I an looking for a new method to clean my HK270.
  2. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    It shouldn't harm the wood, but it might harm any fancy finishes on the wood, particularly anything with plastic content. I used to use GS a lot, until it melted the plastic grips on my CZ75! :eek: I switched to brake parts cleaner, which can also melt plastic things, but seems a little less aggressive.
  3. rock jock

    rock jock Well-Known Member

    It may, yes. Gunscrubber is a powerful solvent, the main ingredient of which is tetrachloroethylene, a known carcinogen. It may stain or ruin some wood, especially an area that has been finished. It will also melt some plastics.
  4. fatboyclone

    fatboyclone Well-Known Member

    so should i avoid it all together and figure out another way to clean my rifle?
  5. rock jock

    rock jock Well-Known Member

    You might try it on a very small inconspicuous area and then check it after a few days. If no harm, then use it on the rest of the stock. However, if you do this and it does cause some damage, you will have that one little spot that may detract from the rest of the gun. Personally, I would not use it near a wood stock.
  6. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    Gunscrubber is some good stuff used in moderation. Nothing like a grass brush, a few q-tips & some elbow grease tho to really get your guns clean. I've also discovered bore snakes really help to cut down cleaning time.
  7. sm

    sm member

    Agree with Preacher and others. Spot test finishes, polymers.
    CRC Brakleen(found at auto parts stores) cheaper than GS

    Rem. used to have a "blast cleaner" with isopropyl alcohol
  8. armabill

    armabill Well-Known Member

    Over time, don't the bore snakes become real dirty? Can they be cleaned?
  9. Stinger

    Stinger Well-Known Member

    Bore snakes can be handwashed, or some throw them in the dishwasher, alone I hope, and probably some wash them in the washing machine, again alone I hope.

  10. armabill

    armabill Well-Known Member

    Cleaning a bore snake or any other lead/solvent item in a dishwasher/clothes washer is not a safe practice. Ingesting or getting it on certain sensitive parts of one's body is not fun.

    I suppose using a bucket with detergents or other cleaning aids is better. Disposing of it may be more interesting.
  11. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    I thought GunScrubber (overpriced brake cleaner, by the way) had been reformulated to remove the TCE?
  12. larryw

    larryw Well-Known Member

    If you use brake cleaner, make sure its non-chlorinated. Chlorine, when absorbed into the bloodstream can have very nasty reactions with some medications, both prescription and over the counter. Chlorine also takes a long time to be flushed.

    The $16 can of GunScrubber locked away in a cabinet is chlorinated. The $2.50 can of brake cleaner on my work bench isn't (and does a great job).
  13. JPM70535

    JPM70535 Well-Known Member

    Gun scrubber did a good job on my handguns and never hurt the Wood or plastic grips . I just found it way too expensive considering I only got 1 or 2 cleaning sessions to a can (multiple Guns). Switched to brake cleaner at $1.69 a can and found it does as good as GS and saves me money so I can shoot more, so I can clean more,so I can shoot more, etc.

    The 2nd amendment makes all the others possible
  14. rock jock

    rock jock Well-Known Member

    Its actually PCE (tetrachloroethylene is also called perchloroethylene) , not TCE, and I haven't seen any change, but I use it sparingly and the last can I bought was about a year ago. In any case, its nasty stuff and should only be used outside or in well-ventilated areas.
  15. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    PCE yes. TCE replaced the PCE. Thanks!
  16. Archer

    Archer Well-Known Member

    Listen to Larry W, he's right.
  17. Stinger

    Stinger Well-Known Member


    I certainly was not advocating washing a dirty bore snake in either the dishwasher or clothes washer.

    I was just saying that is how SOME people do it. I didn't say they were smart people :eek:

    Stinger :)
  18. rock jock

    rock jock Well-Known Member

    Oh, good. Now they're only using a suspected carcinogen.
  19. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    Face it.

    EVERYTHING is potentially carcigenoic (sp?).
  20. cheygriz

    cheygriz Well-Known Member

    I use a lot of gunscrubber. I also wear rubber gloves and a painters face mask when handling it. I use it outdoors only!

    I may switch to brake cleaner because of the price. If I do, I will observe the same precautions with it as I do with gunscrubber.

    Common sense pholks. Anything that will fo a good job of cleaning a dirty firearm has got to be at least a little bit hazardous to your health. And even if the product you use isn't hazardous, the precautions still won't hurt anything, and will give you peace of mind. And peace of mind is even better than....heck, better not go there!

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