View Full Version : varsol...?

August 30, 2008, 05:09 PM
I bought about a quart of varsol recently to clean the soft top on my sons jeep,( removed goo left over from duct tape I put on) still have better than a pint of it left, does anyone know if it is any good as a cleaner for bp or any gun for that matter, my only concern is will it take off blueing? has anyone out there used it?

August 30, 2008, 08:08 PM
Varsol is basically paint thinner. It can be used to make Ed's Red bore cleaner for smokeless guns but I wouldn't use it on bp. It won't hurt bluing but it will remove the finish from wood.

August 30, 2008, 09:50 PM
thanks, just trying to find a use for it before it dries out. there has got to be some difference, paint thinner, rubbing alchohol, turpentine wouldn't take the duct tape goo off, varsol turned it to a sort of hard silicone gel that just rolled off.

August 30, 2008, 11:05 PM

September 2, 2008, 09:51 PM

Varsol is very close to paint thinner. Both are petroleum based. Alcohol and turpentine are vegetable based. Kerosene is one step down from Varsol. If you want a really potent solvent, get LACQUER thinner. This will dissolve almost anything. I also notice that gasoline doesn't seem to clean stuff as well as it used to. Probably that ethanol crap they are adding to it.
Gun Scrub is a very good cleaner too, but watch out around plastics. :(


T. O'Heir
September 6, 2008, 05:46 PM
Varsol is a mineral spirits brand name. It's sold for cleaning paint brushes and as a degreaser. It won't hurt bluing, but it won't clean BP or smokeless well. It's great for removing cosmoline though. Doesn't dry out.