View Full Version : Removing packing oil/cosmoline from Uberti Walker

Ben Towe
February 1, 2011, 03:10 PM
What is the best thing to use to remove this? There is literally oil running from every crevice and screw on it. I thought of using carb cleaner or some 91% alcohol I have but I am somewhat afraid it will damage the finish. Any suggestions?

February 1, 2011, 03:28 PM
Brake cleaning fluid like Gunk (NOT brake fluid) is best, but carb cleaner should work ok.

Fingers McGee
February 1, 2011, 07:41 PM
or Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber.

February 1, 2011, 08:30 PM
Boil it until the grease stops coming up , then take it out & hand dry it as soon as possible then low heat it in the oven to get the H2O out the rest of it . oil immediately.

Think that`s crazy , should`ve seen me building a fire around a 55gal barrel in the yard to boil a milsurp rifle in :eek: What`s crazier than that is tryin to get it in a oven to dry it !!!!:eek::eek:

Foto Joe
February 1, 2011, 09:14 PM
1+ on the Brake Parts Cleaner that mykeal suggested. I wouldn't use it for basic cleaning after shooting Black Powder though. I've tried it and the two don't work well together.

February 1, 2011, 10:04 PM
+2 on the brake cleaner. HOWEVER, brake cleaner will leech every microscopic bit of oil from the metal. You need to replace that with a very light oiling or it will rust.

Ben Towe
February 1, 2011, 10:27 PM
GP100man, first I've heard of the boiling technique but it sounds like it would work well. I'm lazy so I'll probably use some brake cleaner on it and then hit it with some Rem Oil. Thank you all for the replies!

February 2, 2011, 06:00 PM
I've had good luck with acetone. It won't harm the finish on the metal and seems to get rid of all the grease.

February 2, 2011, 08:33 PM
Acetone is an excellent organic universal solvent but it has the disadvantage of being extremely flammable. It can even explode in vapor concentrations as low as 2 1/2 percent. Use with caution.

February 2, 2011, 10:08 PM
or naptha...aka lighter fluid which is actually recommended for this purpose in Pietta's owner manual

February 3, 2011, 09:11 AM
A generic non chlorinated brake cleaner. I buy it by the case, about 2.50 a can wholesale. Keep it away from the furniture (wood). A well ventilated area is a good idea as are nitrile gloves.

February 27, 2011, 12:03 AM
I've been boiling my guns for many years. Just don't use a good cooking pot. I get my pots at garage sales.

After the warm oven treatment, I apply oil and let her cool with the oil on it. It works great. OH....don't boil the grips.


February 27, 2011, 05:06 AM
You can use a can of spray starting fluid avaiable at your auto parts store or Wal-Mart

February 27, 2011, 09:05 AM
Spray carburetor cleaner. Use outdoors because of fumes.

February 27, 2011, 12:59 PM
OH....don't boil the grips.

But...But...But boiled grips are delicious,specially with horseradish.:D

February 28, 2011, 07:04 PM
if you want to use an aerosol type of cleaner use non chlorine brake cleaner, or a commercial type of gun/bore cleaner, boiling will work best as well but i wouldnt recommend carb cleaner as it will leave a film of oil behind and not exactly good oil

February 28, 2011, 09:47 PM
If this is a color case frame uberti, do NOT use brake parts cleaner. The color case is not real on those guns and will come right off with a harsh solvent. One of my customers found out the hard way. Be sure that it is not a color case frame. Both Ruger and Taurus are fake as well.

Kerosene works well, and so does boiling. If you are single, and/or want to be, stick it in the dishwasher.:D

Ben Towe
March 1, 2011, 01:05 PM
Too late StrongSide, I already did, but it didn't seem to harm the finish.

March 1, 2011, 05:09 PM
what about soap and hot water? That usually takes care of grease, without harsh chemicals or fumes.

March 1, 2011, 10:41 PM
Too late StrongSide, I already did, but it didn't seem to harm the finish.

Thank God.

March 3, 2011, 12:05 AM
i used hot soapy (blue dawn) water and a nylon gun cleaning brush and it made mine squeaky clean, once dry i gave it a rub down with a paper towel and bore butter, my hammer and trigger are case colored which i though was odd.