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Old January 1, 2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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Cleaning Bruniton Finish

I have a Beretta 84F that I bought used. The gun is in really good condition except that the finish on the frame is full of handling smudges that do not want to come off. I have tried Hoppe's with a toothbrush to no avail. This is on the alumimum alloy part of the gun with the Bruniton finish. The slide and barrel are OK.

Does anyone know how to clean up Bruniton? Thanks.

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Old January 1, 2011, 12:22 PM   #2
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Is it smudges or finish wear?
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Old January 1, 2011, 03:55 PM   #3
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Smudges

Its smudges. It looks like skin oils have worked their way into the texture of the bruniton finish from handling. The finish itself is very good.

I can live with it but I'd like to clean it up if I can.

Thanks.
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Old January 1, 2011, 04:19 PM   #4
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Take an artist's paintbrush and put a heavy coat of CLP on your pistol.

Place in ziplock bag and let the oil soak in. Wipe dry.
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Old January 1, 2011, 04:47 PM   #5
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Thanks

Coltman: I have have the gun frame in the freezer bag now. When its done cooking, I will let you know how it came out. Thanks.
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Old January 1, 2011, 08:46 PM   #6
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Its smudges. It looks like skin oils have worked their way into the texture of the bruniton finish from handling. The finish itself is very good.

I can live with it but I'd like to clean it up if I can.

Thanks.
I can't say anything with certainty about your gun without seeing it, but I will note that actual finish wear (scuff marks, etc.) on Bruniton often looks something like shiny, oily smudges.
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Old January 2, 2011, 11:16 AM   #7
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Bruniton

I left the frame in the freezer bag overnight and it appears that the areas in question are cleaner but not back to perfect.

One thing that puzzles me is that, when I first received the gun, I scraped one patchy part of the frame with my thumbnail to see if the problem was surface grime. Well, those thumbnail marks are still there. They will not come out. I don't know how you can permanently marr a gun finish with your thumbnail but it appears that I have accomplished it.

But I'm happy with my Beretta. I got it after buying a BDA off of gun broker and discovering that it is in mint state. I could not bring myself to use the BDA so I bought this one for use so scratches and dings are OK.

Thanks all for your help.
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Old January 2, 2011, 07:23 PM   #8
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The frame on a Beretta does not have Bruniton on it. It is simply just anodized aluminum.

On a standard Beretta the slide and small parts are Bruniton coated, the frame is anodized aluminum and the barrel is parkerized with a chrome bore.
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