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Using parts washer on firearms?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by theCZ, May 3, 2006.

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  1. theCZ

    theCZ Member

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    Has anyone had experience using a parts washer to clean grime off firearms? I am just astounded at how well it removes grease from tractor parts and bearings and wondered about using it on my guns. I wouldn't use it on anything with a wooden stock, just my CZ75 9mm and my O/U shotgun barrels. Last week I soaked some really dirty choke tubes in the solution for about an hour and I was able to finally get the residue out of them. Of course, it may have been that I chucked the bore brush in a drill press and used that in addition. Does the solution do anything to blueing?
     
  2. Sunray

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    Worked for a parts washer company up here, long ago. The solution is a form of mineral spirits. It won't bother bluing at all. It removes grease, not rust.
     
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    what's a parts washer?
     
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    It's a tank you wash parts in, ala "Safety-Kleen". Truck garages, etc.

    I talked to a guy that was in the military. If their weapon was grubby they'd sneak into the motor pool and wash it in their parts washer. Supposedly a big no-no as it was considered the lazy way out, but it worked.

    I sell parts washers. Solvent (at least ours) is about the same as typical gun solvents. I use the aerosol version on my guns
     
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    Apparently a diesel or kerosene bath can be good for dirty as hell weapons too.
     
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    I use one all the time at the gun shop. Just be sure to blow them off good with an air hose, or let them dry before reassembling.
     
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    I use my wife's sonicare on....

    small part assemblies. The cleaning fluid is mineral spirits. Does a great job. I just have to remember to put her toothbrush head back on the unit when I am done........or else, there will be hell to pay........chris3
     
  9. theCZ

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    Well, I cleaned my pistol with it last night. I took the grips off and soaked everything in the solvent for a few minutes and then used the solvent hose and a toothbrush to scrub off almost all the caked on grime. It worked pretty well, I didn't get the barrel though. Best part was it filters the solvent through the system continuously so it lasts forever. I haven't put it back together yet, I'm letting it dry still.
     
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