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cleaning polymer frames

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by gfpd707, Oct 5, 2010.

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  1. gfpd707

    gfpd707 Member

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    What do you guys use to clean your ploymer framed guns. I have been wipping mine down with a damp rag and then using a rustys rag after that. It seems to make my glock and supernova look new again.
     
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    Simple Green or early whatever else is around at the time on my Glock.

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  3. psyopspec

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    Dry rag, Q-tips in the hard to reach places. Lightly lube any metal on the lower, done with that part of the gun.
     
  4. Shadow 7D

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    I kinda like the dishwasher method, but I like my guns even more, I just clean the messes I see, and make sure what I'm using won't eat the plastic. Simplegreen is great, also used laundry detergent and windex, but I was cleaning a MN after shooting corrosive ammo, so it was kinda what I already had out.
     
  5. glock36

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    After a day at the range or just normal daily carry I trust the Rustys Rag. It just makes it that much easier and as stated before makes it look like new.
    Good luck
    God speed
     
  6. herkyguy

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    CLP, like i use on everything else. Wipe it down, scrub out the tough to reach spots. gun rag at the end. Polymer is too easy.
     
  7. Sport45

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    Ed's Red works well on my XD and 22/45.
     
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    +1 - same here.
     
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    Ed's Red (minus the acetone,) just like the rest of the piece.

    On the polymer I follow it up with a dry rag wipe.
     
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    ALL of my firearms are cleaned with Shooter's Choice powder solvent and lubed with Clenzoil.
     
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    I've only used a stiff, nylon brush and soapy water followed by drying and a touch of oil on any metal parts.
     
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    I scrub where I can with a brush and Hoppe's #9, then hose it down with non-chlorinated brake cleaner, followed by blowing out the residue with compressed air.

    I then lube according to the instructions and reassemble...looks like new!

    When I detail strip these Glocks, there really is not that much dirt on the frame components that gets missed by the above method.

    Bob
     
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    I use rem oil, q-tips, a rag, and a plastic brush. My dad just sprays poly safe gunscrubber in his frames. It cleans them ok and quick, but I prefer a more thorough cleaning.
     
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    I've used Gun Scrubber Polymer-Safe formula. One problem I've had is that if you let even a single drop get on your sights, it'll eat the paint right off. Anybody have a fix for that?
     
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    He didn't seem too concerened about the acetone. I use the Ed's Red on mine as well as red-can brake cleaner and haven't noticed any ill effects.
     
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    For polymer frames, I also use Simple Green...but soapy water works just as well, if I'm near running water
     
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    Does anybody use Poly Dunk-Kit? Seems like an easy way to clean polymer guns, just drop em in the tub.
     
  18. Shadow 7D

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    so is the dishwasher
     
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    90% rubbing alcohol,works on everthing and it won't kill brain cells (unless you drink it). Simple Green leaves a residue, may clean well but any detergent needs a rinse, again 90% rubbing alcohol will clean off the Simple Green, cheaper too.
     
  20. Ben86

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    But, doesn't alcohol degrade polymer?
     
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    That hasn't been my experience...has it been yours?
     
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    Alcohol degrades some polymers--most notably, natural resins (like cured linseed or tung oil), so don't use it near any wood stock you like since it will ruin it in a hurry. Mineral- or synthetic-based polymers, I don't think it will (though, as previously mentioned, acetone will).

    What I'm wondering about is hydrogen embrittlement--using soaps and many kinds of cleaners on aluminum alloys is a flat out no-no; is it the same way with polymers? :confused:
     
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    i use a dry rag on the polymer, and tetra oil on the metal.
     
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    Hoppes no 9, first with cleaning cloth (piece of flannel I bought fom a fabric store), then with a dry cleaning cloth (another piece of flannel from the fabric store).
     
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    I'm not sure if the other brands are different compounds but I believe glock frames use Nylon 6. Here is a paper on what degrades nylon 6 (I think...)
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/3l832548044247w7/
    Anyone speak chemistry? :)
     
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