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Posted: 10/22/2010 11:23:27 AM EDT
Will hosing down my XD with non-chlorenated brake cleaner hurt my XD45?

It's very funky inside all the hard to get places, yet still runs like a top of course....

Got to get it clean however....
Link Posted: 10/23/2010 2:47:36 AM EDT
Not sure about brake cleaner, but a can of gunscrubber will do the trick. Also not sure how different the chemical makeup of the two products are, they may very well be the same. But at least with the gunscrubber you won't have to wonder if it's melting you gun's insides
Link Posted: 10/23/2010 5:23:51 AM EDT
Yeah, I remembered "Gun Scrubber" after I posted this question.

I'll just get some of that.
Link Posted: 10/23/2010 8:14:50 AM EDT
Brake cleaner is some nasty stuff to get on anything with a paint or a finish. I have accidentally spattered some on my Jeep while changing my brakes and didn't really notice it because brake cleaner is red and so is the jeep. It took the paint off down to the metal. There is no way I would use it on a firearm even if it is the non chlorinated kind.
Link Posted: 10/23/2010 8:24:34 AM EDT
I use brake cleaner and it has not hurt anything yet!
Link Posted: 10/23/2010 8:29:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By EMSflyer:
Yeah, I remembered "Gun Scrubber" after I posted this question.

I'll just get some of that.

same thing as non-chlorinated brake cleaner. save your money and just go to the automotive department and spend half as much.
Link Posted: 10/23/2010 8:32:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By UncivilEngineer:

Originally Posted By EMSflyer:
Yeah, I remembered "Gun Scrubber" after I posted this question.

I'll just get some of that.

same thing as non-chlorinated brake cleaner. save your money and just go to the automotive department and spend half as much.


No kidding, same stuff?

Damn I just bought the Gun Scrubber a few minutes ago.......

Link Posted: 10/23/2010 8:50:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/23/2010 8:53:20 AM EDT by UncivilEngineer]

Originally Posted By EMSflyer:
Originally Posted By UncivilEngineer:

Originally Posted By EMSflyer:
Yeah, I remembered "Gun Scrubber" after I posted this question.

I'll just get some of that.

same thing as non-chlorinated brake cleaner. save your money and just go to the automotive department and spend half as much.


No kidding, same stuff?

Damn I just bought the Gun Scrubber a few minutes ago.......


MSDS for Gun Scrubber

97% Trichloroethylene

main ingredient in chlorinated brake cleaner


You can get synthetic safe gun scrubber

Mainly hexane and alcohol. Very common ingredients in non-chlorinated cleaners.




Link Posted: 10/23/2010 1:32:40 PM EDT
Oh damn.

I got the wrong Gunscrubber......

Sez may harm some plastics.....

Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:30:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/24/2010 4:31:32 PM EDT by pedaler]
Yep....get the one that says synthetic safe on the can. I use brake cleaner for a lot of things......but haven't got brave enough to hose down on of the XDs.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:40:56 PM EDT
i've always used carb cleaner.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 7:05:28 AM EDT
I was a auto tech for 10 yrs. ( still do it on the side) I use brake cleaner on everything. Some brands are more harsh but most don't hurt plastic. Try CRC non-chlorinated. I hose all my guns down with it.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 9:29:31 AM EDT
I took the Gunscrubber back and got some Winchester aerosol gun cleaner/lube
and I bought some non-chlor brake cleaner.

So I think I'm all set.

Thanks guys....
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