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Cosmoline cleaning vs finish damage

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

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  1. little joe

    little joe Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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



    Kris
     
  5. hadmanysons

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