View Full Version : Silicone Treated cloth or Gun Oil on exterior

August 5, 2002, 08:23 PM
I was just curious which would be a better way of protection on my new 870 express. Rubbing it all with a silicone impregnated cloth, or wiping all of the exterior metal down with a coating of light gun oil.

August 5, 2002, 08:59 PM
I use CLP on the outside of my Express 870's. Then I put 'em in a silicone sock. ;)
The rough finish of the Express seems to soak up the CLP and I have never had a rust problem.

August 5, 2002, 09:08 PM
Ditto on the clp...the only time I use a silicone cloth is when I'm handling the guns - 870 included - during cleaning to keep it free of smudges, or when I'm fondling it :D After that, it's a good wipedown with clp anyways

August 5, 2002, 09:17 PM
Dito on CLP. The silicone cloths seem to work better on smooth, polished blue guns. The silicone cloths shed lint all over the rough metal of the Express.

Remington's Law Enforcement web site calls for spraying the metal with Rem-Oil.

Dave McC
August 6, 2002, 04:37 AM
I keep a silicone cloth in the case with my trap gun, and use it to wipe smudges and prints off.

A wipe on, wipe off with a decent oil, CLP or SLIP 2000 provides better protection, IMO.Heck, even used 30 wt will do.

Or, rub paraffin or beeswax over all exterior surfaces and melt it in with a hair dryer.


August 7, 2002, 12:43 PM
Guys: What you should be using is "RIG" on the exterior of you gun. Have used it for over 35 years and a small can will last you a lifetime. Ain't nothing better!!;)

August 10, 2002, 03:23 AM
Marine Tuff-cloth.

August 10, 2002, 04:19 AM
Agree with retiredsgt ...
I work a little RIG into a sheepskin and use that to wipe em down. Been usin it for over 60 years and no corrosion problems from tropics to snow.

I use it for corrosion control on the inside too.

Very thin coat does the job.


August 10, 2002, 08:51 AM
Lately I've been using Sheath on all my firearms as a exterior treatment. This is specifically what it is designed for. Once on it dries and keeps protecting. I haven't used it on parkerizing. For that oil is still king. The porous parker surface soaks up the oil so it doesn't feel oily.

August 11, 2002, 02:00 PM
Add my name to the CLP fans. Good stuff, and a little goes a long way.

August 12, 2002, 12:13 AM
Months ago I read all the threads here and found a very strong religion based on "Hoppes #9" ... which is what I now use on my SG bore, chamber... and, and the exterior!

What, for the uninitiated, is RIG and which of Rig's many products are you referring to? On their web site I see "#7 Gun Oil", "#2 Oil Lubricant", and "universal grease (rust inhibiting)"...

If you've used it for a long time, it must be good, but simply which one is it?

August 13, 2002, 07:24 PM
I prefer to use a CLP-type product on all my weapons, inside and out. The best that I've found is FP-10 CLP from Muscle Products Corp.


Hope this helps,

August 13, 2002, 08:45 PM
I use a silicone cloth alot don't want too much oil residue down here the sand gets on everything outdoors.

Al Thompson
August 13, 2002, 09:37 PM
Bruce, I think the RIG that is refered to is the grease - RIG actually stood for Rust Inhibiting Grease.

I've found that automotive wax and Birchwood Casey's Sheath works well. Wax on the blued guns, sheath on the 870 Express and parkerized guns.

I've several friends that swear by RIG, but I'm not much on grease. Perhaps it dries - dunno. Sam?

August 14, 2002, 11:16 AM
Maybe this will help:


Then go take the "FP-10 Challenge" and see for yourself...it's totally "Free"


Best regards,