Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Adam28789, Jan 25, 2022.
If I'm not mistaken, you can use acetone or rubbing alcohol to draw the oils out, but I'm sure I'm off there.
If the cloth was something like the silicone cloth that Hoppes markets, I doubt you'll have any issues on a finished wood grip. I wipe all my guns down with a silicone impregnated cloth, and although I don't specifically wipe the grips, I don't try to avoid them. I'm usually holding the gun by the grips as I wipe them, but I have found no bad effects on the wood, and I've been doing it a long time.
Nice M57-1, BTW.
Prolonged heavy use (sprayed on) can loosen finished stocks and grips when / if the spray finds a crack in the finish shell. From a rag, not so much. Many furniture polish brands are silicone based.
A bit more than double, for a dash-1 through dash-4, if you have the original box, stocks and paperwork/accessories. No dash ramps up the value a little, and an "S" prefix SN can add 25-75% to the no-dash value. Factory nickel plating also adds a premium. Value also depends on condition, both finish and mechanical.
In any case, a M57 is a great revolver to own. In the grand scheme of things, the original production wasn't that long, 1964-1993. My no-dash is an "S" prefix, made in 1968. I did not get the original stocks, box, etc., and mine has an aftermarket vented rib add-on that might affect value (negatively), because it's pretty much a permanently mounted fixture. However, I'll never part with it.
I usually wipe them down with a cotton rag afterwards.
I am curious, where did you read this?
The only thing I have ever read about silicone on handgun grips is that it could make the grips slick, but nothing about damage.
I do know one annoyance that comes from silicone rags on gun grips is lint getting caught in the checkering, but a toothbrush fixes that.
I think the silicone evaporates along with the aerosol base it's in. Or, at least, it's never worked for me.
I think so too. I use it on my garage door opener linkage and the door rollers because it doesn't collect dirt like oil will. It lasts around three months and it's all to do over and I apply it liberally. Silicon causes problem with refinishing if it is on the surface to be refinished. It is hard to get rid of, especially if it has soaked into wood.
avoided yet I do not panic myself if a corner of the cloth lightly touches the grip. My concentration is mostly that the silicone can be slippery/slick which could prove inconvenient or dangerous.
The silicone cloths are a convenient, inexpensive, and nice step before putting metal items away.
They help ensure one does not return (to a seldom-used firearm or tool) to observe an ugly blemish.
How I utilize them is basically a very similar to the way I avoid getting Lemon Pledge on my wooden staircase treads. They do a terrific job at a great price and just use reasonable care with application.
I do wipe most of the silicone off with a cotton rag when heading out to shoot. The stuff seems to get everywhere if I don’t.
I usually just wipe it off the wood afterwards. With the gloss finish on those S&W grips, shouldn't cause any issues.
Yeah, do this all the time.
One caveat; wiping rags acquire dirt and grit over time, which might be harmful to your gun finish.
Simply replace the rag when it gets grubby.
BTW, store mine in a small, airtight GI container. Keeps the silicone from evaporating.
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