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Gun cleaner - bead blasted stainless steel

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by labnoti, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. labnoti

    labnoti Member

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    I have:

    half a small can of Breakfree
    big can of Ballistol
    new bottle of Barnes CR-10
    empty bottle of #9

    What should I buy or buy more of to clean bead-blasted stainless steel? I've used all of the above on blued steel and smooth stainless steel and none have caused any problems. I haven't cleaned bead blasted stainless yet.

    The Breakfree and Ballistol are slow to remove copper fouling, which is why I used up the #9 and bought the CR-10. But I don't necessarily want to wash the whole gun in that. It seems like Breakfree and Ballistol also tend to leave the gun too oily. I use dry patches inside and a rag outside, but there's still probably more oil film on the gun surfaces than necessary.

    Mostly, I need a good cleaner. I'm not so much concerned about lubrication or protection. But if I use a solvent, I need something to remove the solvent. I have used non-chlorinated brake parts cleaner before, but is that the best?

    Suggestions?
     
  2. labnoti

    labnoti Member

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    Do ammonia-based cleaners result in streaking bead-blasted stainless steel?

    I know polishes like Simichrome, Flitz, Mothers will create bright spots. But what about paper towels or cellulose patches? Is cotton or microfiber better for a rag?

    Could a non-ammonia glass cleaner work?

    How about automotive spray detailers?
     
  3. 627PCFan

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    I use breakfree, ballistol, #9 and non-chlorinated brake cleaner (on special occasions) to clean my stainless smiths. No issues with any of the above in 10 years of use.
     
  4. Riomouse911

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    I just wipe the exterior of my bead-blasted 686+ down with an oily cloth. I use one for the first cleaning and to remove solvent and one that is newer and with less accumulated stuff on it for the final. The brake cleaner may work fine, I'd try it in an inconspicuous place so you'll know if it will leave any residual in the rough textured finish.
    Stay safe.
     
  5. Allen One1

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    Bore Tech Eliminator to clean. To finish I have had good luck with the Hornady One Shot Gun Cleaner, spray it on the gun or a rag and wipe it down, finish with a clean shop towel. I would stay away from the brake cleaner for most things.
     
  6. Bama59

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    My two stainless wipe down with cloth misted rem oil after cleaning and Never Dull now and then
     
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