View Full Version : wiping down your guns ?

April 12, 2013, 05:11 PM
do you guys use a silicone cloth or what do you use to wipe your guns after handling them ?

April 12, 2013, 05:29 PM
I buy cloth baby diapers (a single package will last for years) and Corrosion-X.
Has worked for years.

April 12, 2013, 06:50 PM
A silicone cloth works great but I generally use a rag that been lightly oiled.

April 12, 2013, 06:57 PM
Silicone cloth, but anything to remove finger and hand oils from the bluing before putting it aside.

April 12, 2013, 07:02 PM
Use a cotton bore patch sprayed with silicon. Rub down all outside metal, including the scope. A patch of light silicon down a clean barrel before storage is always a good thing!


April 12, 2013, 07:15 PM
I keep all my gun metal dressed with Birchwood Casey's Barricade. I just think it is a really great product.

April 12, 2013, 07:29 PM
An old t shirt and 3N1.

April 12, 2013, 07:39 PM
A sheepskin with RIG worked into the wool. It will leave a very thin film of RIG on the metal surface.

April 12, 2013, 08:34 PM
shop cloth with Ezox

April 12, 2013, 09:19 PM
Clean shop cloth & TW

April 12, 2013, 10:48 PM
I use an old clean t-shirt or rag(fiber cloth) & a small amount of a synthetic CLP like LPX, Weaponshield, Gunzilla, etc.

You do not need large amounts of gun care or cleaning products for regular cleaning/oils.

A small drop or dab will do it.
Law enforcement agency armorers & professional gunsmiths say excessive oils/CLPs are some of the most common problems they see with firearms.

April 13, 2013, 08:45 PM
RIG on sheepskin is preferred. Must be a Midwest thing.
I carry a silicone cloth in my trunk and with my hunting equipment. I try to wipe a gun down with it before I put in the case. Sometime it doesn't go back in the safe the moment I get home.

April 14, 2013, 03:50 AM
I keep a clean, worn out, thin, wash cloth in the shop and apply a few dozen drops of gun oil every so often. I wad it up in the vise for compression to spread the oil, then I keep it in a clean spot in one of the drawers. After handling, the blued rifle barrels and hand guns get wiped down.

April 14, 2013, 05:33 AM
I have been using a winchester gun cloth with silicone kept in a zip lock baggy. From the replies I take that this is ok ?

April 14, 2013, 07:32 AM
Sheepskin with Weaponshield in it. When it gets too dirty, clean with brake clean and refill with Weaponshield.

Works better than other stuff I've used and leaves the gun dry enough.

April 14, 2013, 09:16 AM
I have a silicone cloth. I got it for when I used to carry SIG's more frequently.

I recommend them. :)

April 14, 2013, 12:21 PM
I have several 'oily wiping rags' here and there. A couple of them are small chunks of cotton towel (4 inch by about 6 inch) that I've oiled up. The others are the silicone cloth wiping towels that appeared to run out of silicone after some years, so I just put oil on them (3 in 1 oil) and kept on using them. I think I like the oiled up towel best, but just about any cotton cloth will do just fine.

Beginner 1960
April 14, 2013, 05:05 PM
Was wondering if u use anything differnt to wipe down blued,nickel or stainless finishes

April 14, 2013, 05:08 PM
I wipe ALL of mine down with eezox

Shane Tuttle
April 14, 2013, 05:42 PM
Eezox here with a soft cotton cloth.

I don't like to use cleaning stuff with silicone in it. The only exception is the polishing agent I use for tumbling my brass.

April 14, 2013, 05:58 PM
Oily patch. I keep that off the wood but on the metal.