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Ronsonol Lighter Fluid as a Degreaser.

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  1. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

    LJ-MosinFreak-Buck Member

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    Hey guys, just thought I'd post another tip that I personally use.

    What do I do when I want to strip the metal of old lube/grease when switching lubes (doesn't happen anymore, I'm dead-set on CLP) or doing a deep clean on barrels and slides?

    I use Ronsonol. In my personal experience it leaves the metal in a bare, dry state (still has factory finish, though), and ready to accept a new coat.

    I do this because I will strip bare the metal, and relube once every 3 months, mainly to pull whatever carbon the CLP has pulled out of the metal (from firing and what not).

    Anyone else do the same?
     
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  2. Larry Ashcraft

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    Been using it for years, except instead of buying the little cans of lighter fluid, I buy it by the quart (VM&P Naphtha). Much cheaper that way.

    Naphtha won't harm any finish that I'm aware of. I've been using it to clean plaque plates and to remove adhesive residue for many years.
     
  3. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Glad to know I'm not the only one, lol. I've been using it because of it's ability to remove grease, (and I am a smoker and use a Zippo) it does the job quite well.
     
  4. tranders

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    Will give the lighter fluid a shot. Up to this point I've been using rubbing alcohol.
     
  5. Salmoneye

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    Been using Coleman Fuel for decades (Naphtha)...

    Everything from Jon-E handwarmers and Zippo lighters,
    to degreasing and label removal...
     
  6. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    I'm not sure of the price difference between rubbing alcohol and Ronsonal, but I use it because of my smoking and Zippo lighter.

    It evaporates off the metal pretty fast, leaving a bare surface (the rag takes away whatever grease is on there) and does pretty well about taking away the skin oils from handling.
     
  7. The Lone Haranguer

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    Rubbing alcohol still has water in it, the cheaper brands/grades having more of it.

    MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) is a great degreaser, but has volatile fumes and will attack skin tissue.
     
  8. Twmaster

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    Yea, rubbing alcohol has between 10 and 40% water in the mix. Denatured alcohol is water-free and does a great degreasing job. I might try lighter fluid next time I go to buy solvent. (I like the smell!) :D
     
  9. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    The fumes from Lighter fluid aren't terrible, and the worse it'll do is cause minimal skin irritation.
     
  10. loadedround

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    Gentlemen:
    For all intents and puposes, most lighter fluid available is Naphtha solvent. Instead of buying expensive lighter fluid, go to your local building supply or paint store and buy Naphtha in quart or gallon cans and save a few $$$. I have found this solvent to be an excellent cleaning product used in my work shop as a general degreaser. Please follow the safety instructions on the container...THR hates to lose good members.
     
  11. 230RN
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    Hm. I've been using acetone for a long time. Never thought of lighter fluid, but using the little spouty cans sounds a lot more convienient and safe.

    THANKS!

    Good tip!

    Terry, 230RN
     
  12. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    No problem. And really, it's good for firearm owners who also smoke and use Zippos. And a little goes a long way. As long as the rag is still moist with it, it still does its job.
     
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    I also use it to clean solvent and grime off my brushes, jags, and cleaning rods before I put them away.
     
  14. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Another good use ^^^ should've put that in the OP as well.
     
  15. loose noose

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    Been using lighter fluid for years, in fact when I joined the Marine Corps back in 1965, that was what we used to clean our M-14, as ordered by our DI. We used some kind of oil in a little metal can (olive drab) after we thoroughly cleaned the weapon.
     
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    Well, glad that I'm not the first one to stumble upon this. lol
     
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    Arnold Jewell has always recommended cleaning his triggers with lighter fluid. They can usually be flushed from the top, right on the gun. No lube, just the lighter fluid.

    John
     
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    Cheap cans of brake cleaner from wally world do it also and have that nice straw for pinpoint placement
     
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    MEK is some nasty stuff. It will eat or melt stuff you don't want melted or ate. MEK fumes will eat brain cells so follow precautions with the stuff.

    Naptha is a good degreaser and I have used lighter fluid for cleaning up too.
     
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    91% isopropyl works well, is cheap and available and not super flammable. A little water is not a bad thing to remove the salts from your handling the object.
     
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    Yup liter fluid = Naphtha

    Alcohol? Go to the party store and buy Everclear. Virtually no water.
     
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    When using naphtha, are you using aliphatic naphtha or aromatic naphtha? Aromatic naphtha will attack certain plastics, and can be used to fuse Plexiglas.

    Woody
     
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    MEK, acetone, and brake cleaner will melt many plastics and finishes. I have never had a firearm so nasty that any one of those were even considered.
     
  24. Tootie

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    Charcoal Lighter Works Too

    Charcoal lighter fluid also does a great job. I bought a couple of Mosin-Nagant rifles a couple of months ago and they remove the cosmoline better than anything I've used in the past. It also dries quickly. I don't care to keep large amounts of solvents around the house so charcoal lighter fluid serves a dual purpose. As a cigar smoker, I don't miss my Zippos.
     
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    How about mineral spirits? Any good?
     
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