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 Anyone using mineral spirits to clean their guns?
Spitz  [Member]
9/9/2010 3:44:32 PM EST
If so how do you like it?
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RLR350  [Team Member]
9/9/2010 4:09:30 PM EST
I use odorless or low odor mineral spirits with a little CLP as my basic cleaning solution. It works well, leaving the parts with a coating of oil and doesn't dry them out like brake cleaner.

Quib posted this solution and I started using it. I store it in a mason jar after use. The crud settles to the bottom and next use I just pour from the top and dispose of the remainder. I have an 8 x8 bakers pan with a metal silverware tray that is used for small parts and lifting things out of the solution to drip dry a little. A little wipe down and spray with an air compressor and it's done.

TheMountaineer  [Team Member]
9/9/2010 4:12:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By RLR350:
I use odorless or low odor mineral spirits with a little CLP as my basic cleaning solution. It works well, leaving the parts with a coating of oil and doesn't dry them out like brake cleaner.

Quib posted this solution and I started using it. I store it in a mason jar after use. The crud settles to the bottom and next use I just pour from the top and dispose of the remainder. I have an 8 x8 bakers pan with a metal silverware tray that is used for small parts and lifting things out of the solution to drip dry a little. A little wipe down and spray with an air compressor and it's done.

http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/oo134/rlr350/DSC_0001.jpg


That's a nice setup.

I haven't used mineral spirits for normal gun cleaning, but it does wonders for removing cosmoline.
RLR350  [Team Member]
9/9/2010 4:24:04 PM EST
Thanks. I did notice the other day when cleaning my Glock .45 that the solution didn't really do the best job on the barrel. I didn't let it soak and it has probably never been cleaned good (issued gun) so I used a little foaming bore cleaner. It does seem to work fine on my personally owned guns that are regularly cleaned/maintained, but for tuff stuff you may need something stronger.
tx318  [Team Member]
9/9/2010 4:42:24 PM EST
I use Simple Green
cjk1  [Member]
9/9/2010 4:48:49 PM EST
I use mineral spirits as a light bore cleaner, a blend of mineral spirits and Mobil 1 for all purpose "CLP", and Mobil 1 for lubricant.

I don't know how it rates from a scientific perspective, but it all seems to do the trick adequately.

strat81  [Team Member]
9/9/2010 4:52:06 PM EST
I have a solution that is mostly mineral spirits and acetone that I use for general cleaning and soaking for heavily fouled parts. Works well.
TonyAngel  [Member]
9/9/2010 5:13:04 PM EST
My mixture is one gallon of mineral spirits, one quart of motor oil and one quart of Marvel Mystery oil. I leave it in a small parts cleaner that I got from Harbor Freight. It works well.
jasonfin1128  [Team Member]
9/9/2010 5:31:59 PM EST
I have also used a CLP/Mineral Spirits to clean the BCG parts and such. Works well.
LA_357SIG  [Team Member]
9/9/2010 5:38:28 PM EST
To be honest I haven't ever needed anything other than Hoppes no. 9 and WD-40 to clean my firearms. I did get some copper fouling remover for my Mosin but hot tap water works just fine. ymmv

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1saxman  [Member]
9/9/2010 6:02:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By LA_357SIG:
To be honest I haven't ever needed anything other than Hoppes no. 9 and WD-40 to clean my firearms. I did get some copper fouling remover for my Mosin but hot tap water works just fine. ymmv

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Not good. Get some kind of gun oil/CLP.

Gaboonviper85  [Member]
9/9/2010 6:18:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By tx318:
I use Simple Green


Simple green promotes rust so be careful and rinse very well!
LA_357SIG  [Team Member]
9/9/2010 6:32:16 PM EST
Originally Posted By 1saxman:
Originally Posted By LA_357SIG:
To be honest I haven't ever needed anything other than Hoppes no. 9 and WD-40 to clean my firearms. I did get some copper fouling remover for my Mosin but hot tap water works just fine. ymmv

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Not good. Get some kind of gun oil/CLP.



OMFG. There is nothing wrong with CLEANING with WD-40. I know the difference between cleaning and lubricating.

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omega62  [Life Member]
9/9/2010 6:35:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By RLR350:
I use odorless or low odor mineral spirits with a little CLP as my basic cleaning solution. It works well, leaving the parts with a coating of oil and doesn't dry them out like brake cleaner.

Quib posted this solution and I started using it. I store it in a mason jar after use. The crud settles to the bottom and next use I just pour from the top and dispose of the remainder. I have an 8 x8 bakers pan with a metal silverware tray that is used for small parts and lifting things out of the solution to drip dry a little. A little wipe down and spray with an air compressor and it's done.

http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/oo134/rlr350/DSC_0001.jpg


I do the same for my BCGs.

Also got the idea from Quib's thread.

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