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White stuff on my guns

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by SomeKid, Sep 22, 2008.

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  1. SomeKid

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    I finally got a chance to clean some of my guns after a decent rain we had here, and most of them had this white film on them. It wiped off, but was all over them, especially the stocks. My Garand looked like it was covered in snow for example.

    if there a way to prevent it in the future? It is worth noting, for the next year I am finishing out college, and am in a less than well built home and it gets really humid in here, especially during rain. (Like the basement, where I sadly had to locate my safe which might get water flowing...literally.)
     
  2. bonza

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    I've had a similar sounding thing happen to me. In my case it was mold caused by dampness. It actually took a while to get it to go away for good, actually had to wipe the guns over a few times with a diluted bleach solution, to kill the mold spores, before reoiling. Make sure your gun cabinet is dry inside, especially any foam or carpeting that may be in there. I wouldn't personally store any guns in any bags/cases unless you know they are dry though I do sometimes use the silicone-impregnated Sack-Ups. I'd recommend you buy some dessicant or a dehumidifier to wick out any moisture in the safe
     
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    Probably some form of mold, like Bonza said. Wipe down, sterilize with appropriate solution, store in dry place from now on. :)
     
  4. SomeKid

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    bonza,

    Wouldn't the bleach be hard on wood stocks?
     
  5. Old School

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    I have used a vinegar and water solution to kill mold and mildew in the past. But, I have never tried it on a gun.
     
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    MILD bleach solution. Not full strength.
     
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    White stuff.

    I don't know what it is, but I get it on plastic items(especially baklite) that are left in the basement for a long time. I think the "mold" theory might be correct.
     
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    I forgot to mention, it was on my slings as well. In fact, all but one was coated in them. The one they didn't hit heavy was still mostly covered in good old cosmoline.
     
  9. bonza

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    Yes, just a mild bleach/water solution shouldn't harm the wood finish. You may have to scrub your webbing sling with the solution & an old toothbrush.
     
  10. SomeKid

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    It won't turn the webbing white though?
     
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    mild solution of 1/4 cup in a gallon will kill anything
     
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    The one sure fire way I know of rusting stainless steel is to use bleach on it.

    Bleach and stainless are not friends, use something else where you can - light solution or otherwise.
     
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