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March 22, 2013, 09:01 PM
Need some help. What is a good solvent to use for soaking my metal gun parts in so they will clean up easier. Where do I find it, and what does it cost. Can't seem to find anything at Walmart or Academy. Thanks for any help!

Lucas McCain
March 22, 2013, 11:26 PM
Denatured Mineral Spirits. Pick it up any where paint is sold

March 23, 2013, 09:48 AM
Thanks for that reply! I had thought about that, but wasn't sure. Thanks again!

Strafer Gott
March 23, 2013, 11:08 AM
I've been using Ballistol and a toothbrush with good results. I found mine at the LGS. I cut it with water for my cap and ball guns, too.

March 23, 2013, 02:07 PM
Mineral spirits or naphtha both work well.

I have heard of people using kerosene to soak, or gasoline when kerosene just doesn't cut it.

Advise you to blow the parts off with an air compressor. These solvents are very flammable. If you do not have an air compressor I would just leave them somewhere sunny or warm. Use these solvents outside so your house doesn't smell like solvent.

March 25, 2013, 10:11 AM
If you don't have an air compressor you can always buy that air-in-a-can stuff they sell for blowing dust off of electronics. They sell a 3-pack at my local Office Depot and that's part of my cleaning kit. When I go to clean off my solvent, no matter how good a job I do, that strong compressed air manages to blow a micro-thin layer of it off the metal.

As you use it the can will get cold. As the can get's cold the pressure goes down and it won't blow as well. Run it under hot water to solve this problem.

I've also used WD-40 (followed by solvent and then compressed air before using REAL gun oil) with good success as a de-greaser/cleaner for my gun parts.

March 25, 2013, 11:43 AM
If they are all-metal, then plain old brake cleaner is great. However, since it removes oil down to the micoscopic level you must replace that protection as soon as you dry it off or it can start to rust.

March 25, 2013, 11:53 AM
Mineral spirits or kerosene. In fact, Ed's Red bore cleaner formula includes both.

March 25, 2013, 01:18 PM
NWPilgrim: Mineral spirits or kerosene. In fact, Ed's Red bore cleaner formula includes both.

Hoppe's No. 9 is similar. It's kerosene, ethyl alcohol, oleic acid, amyl acetate, and ammonia.

March 26, 2013, 12:41 PM
For products, gun-care see: www.cylinder-slide.com www.brownells.com www.mpro7.com www.slip2000.com www.gunzilla.us www.midwayusa.com www.weaponshield.com .
Ballistol is great for general cleaning, field use. It's non toxic & CFC free.
I do not soak gun parts but I've heard a lot of + buzz about Cylinder & Slides Dunk-it kit.
For cleaning, oil; I'd buy some Gunzilla, Weaponshield, LPX or Birchwood Casey's Synthetic Gun Cleaner.