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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by sokygunner, Aug 3, 2009.

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  1. sokygunner

    sokygunner Member

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    How many of you all use the Birchwood Casey Gunscrubber? I have started using it and that is the strongest crap I have ever seen, its like brake cleaner. When it gets on my hands it burns and tingles like getting brake cleaner or acetone on them so god only knows what that stuff could do to a nice wood stock or polymer frame or even a nice teflon based finish on a gun. Anybody have any incidents with this stuff messing up the finish on your gun/stocks/anything else? I know they have two kinds, regular and the kind of synthetic stocks. Any negative experiences out there? I know it cleans the crap out of a gun and it is great for areas that are hard to get to. Dries fast and clean, but leaves a white residue, like chlorinated disc brake cleaner.
     
  2. paralaska

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    I use it to get into hard to reach areas on my handguns, then spritz a little rem oil in them after it is dry and I've wiped the areas off the best I can. I still use traditional methods for cleaning barrels and chambers (ie. hopps #9, brushes, patches, etc.).

    It is very potent stuff, but I haven't had any problems with the gun finish. However, I've not used around wood stocks.
     
  3. chevyforlife21

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    i used it to clean the action in my old marlin mod 60 70s or 80s version. i sprayed it into the action just like the can said without dissasmebling it and it ruined my trigger group it distorted the safety so it was stuck and now after 4 years of pushing teh safety real hard every time i had to use it. it is still harder then normal to press not to meantion it looks chewed up.
     
  4. CWL

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    Gunscrubber is the same as brake cleaner. Save yourself $8 and use a can of brake cleaner (non chlorinated).

    There are no secret ingredients on Gunscrubber that makes it different or better for guns. They both remove carbon deposits and degrease metal, which is necessary for guns and brake pads.

    When you do use it, remove ALL wood. The chemicals strip the finish off of wood, making it dull. Eventually, you are left with dried-out wood that will crack & splinter.

    After spraying, wipe off any residue with a silicone cloth, or lightly oiled rag and re-lube.
     
  5. JohnBT

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    It will melt the plastic grips on a CZ-75B on contact. Makes a really interesting stringy mess when you touch them and pull away.

    I use Gunscrubber on everything - the metal anyway - but try to conserve it by using it to flush the crud away after cleaning with bore cleaner or MPro7 or something else. Then I'll mist it all, or maybe just the guts, with Barricade/Sheath and wipe the exterior with a RigRag.

    I got some Gorilla Glue on my fingers Friday and finally got the last of it off by spraying Gunscrubber on them and rubbing. And spraying some more. It saved the day. I was out of paint thinner and was about ready to go straight to the paint and varnish remover. If you ever want to grip a baseball or a hammer or something, GG is the stuff.

    John
     
  6. rcmodel

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    I have used auto parts store brake cleaner on old guns for about 40 years now.

    Used to be .97 cents a can and now it is up to what? Two dolla fifty or something?

    Still the cheapest thing there is for blasting out old gummed up guns.

    Like the guy said though, it's hard on stocks & plastic parts so keep it to dissembled actions.

    On less dirty guns, I like WD-40. (Gasp!)
    It's cheap too, and harmless on about everything you find on a gun.
    I just hose out the dirt with WD-40 and blow it out with compressed air.

    rc
     
  7. Walkalong

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    B-12 Chemtool Carb cleaner. Works great, dries residue free. Much better than the cheap brake cleaner stuff for the same price or less. You must relube after using it.
     

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    Brake Cleaner...great stuff. Gunscrubber is a rip off.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  9. Jim K

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    I use Gunscrubber/brake cleaner ONLY on metal, not on wood or any kind of plastic. For a general cleaner and penetrant, I like G96 Gun treatment, but it is not a lubricant and doesn't vanish like Gunscrubber does.

    And, as noted, Gunscrubber removes ALL lubricant and protective oils, so replacing those is important after cleaning.

    Jim
     
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    I use it, but I'm always very careful to keep it away from wood and plastic. I usually cover those parts with a rag to prevent the solvent from hitting it.
     
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    Yep, and keep it away from guns with painted aluminum surfaces, such as the S&W x42.

    It does make cleaning go a lot faster, as it blasts away most of the crud. Then you can go back and scrub any remaining deposits and lightly re-oil.
     
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    I have been useing the sythetic cleaner and it works just as good and won't eat up the rubber/plastic parts.
     
  13. donato

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    Use the synthetic. It doesn't destroy the plastic, rubber and wood grips. I've used the Birchwood Casey Synthetic for a long time now with great results. Oh, and I don't see the white residue that the OP speaks of.
     
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    There is a "synthetic safe" version of this product. Even the non-"synth-safe" version will not harm the frames of polymer-framed service handguns like the Glock, XD, etc. Other plastics may not fare so well, so keep it off them if you are not sure.
     
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    I use synthetic and it does leave a green residue like anti-freeze or green kool aid. I like it but it will take paint right off.
     
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    What paint are you talking about. Birchwood Casey Synthetic Gunscrubber doesn't take the paint off my P-01. And I don't have green residue either.
     
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    When I got a little on my P64, the red paint on the safety just slid right off the gun all in one piece.

    It did the same thing to my Norinco shotgun.

    I noticed the green residue the first time I used it on a gun. I did buy this can about three years ago when I think the synthetic safe formula was in it's infancy. Maybe they use better formula now that doesn't leave residue. I still have plenty of the old stuff and use it very sparingly.

    It does not affect the finish on my Hi-Point so I use it mainly for them since disassembly requires a pin punch and hammer.
     
  18. CWL

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    Sheesh! I guess some people would rather never learn...

    Brake cleaner is the same thing!

    Why do you need to pay more for "Synthetic" Gunscrubber? Do you think that brake cleaner isn't formulated to leave tire rubber, plastic tire covers & paint alone?

    Or do you really like to spend 4-5X the money for the same thing? :rolleyes:
     
  19. donato

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    Which brake cleaner are you talking about? I'm interested, but all the brake cleaner I've looked at doesn't seem to be rubber (hose) or plastic or wood finish safe.
     
  20. makarovnik

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    I'll spend a little more if I can be assured it won't melt my polymer frame.

    Some people never learn.
     
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    I love Brake cleaner or carb cleaner which ever I have a coupon for.
     
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    Protective eye wear is not a bad idea...the GS spray comes right back at your face if hit the right spot. Be careful.
     
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    I got some Gun Scrubber in my eye when I stuck the spray straw in the firing pin channel of my 590 once....

    it burned.


    luckily, I had a bottle of water nearby that was promptly emptied into my eye.
     
  24. CWL

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    Let's see, you spray a can of brake cleaner into your car brakes and you think it'll burn right thru the rubber tire, plastic valve stems and plastic wheel covers? Right!

    Brake cleaner removes carbon build-up and degreases metal. What does "gunscrubber" do? You really think Birchwood Casey has a chemical research lab somewhere?

    Some people don't like to use their brains...:rolleyes:
     
  25. Lakeshore

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    Just used Gun Scrubber (the manly non-synth one) for the first time to de-crud a milsurp semi-auto handgun. Outstanding results in about one minute. Will definitely be using it again in the future, 'cept next time I'll wear rubber gloves.
     
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