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Cleaner on outside of rifle for ARs.

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

  1. SilentStalker

    SilentStalker Senior Member

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    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 Senior Member

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    Solvent shouldn't hurt it.
     
  3. TonyAngel

    TonyAngel Senior Member

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

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    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

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    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 Senior Member

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    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

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    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 Senior Member

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    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.

    BSW
     

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