Polymer Frame Gun Care

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    Polymer Frame Gun Care

    I just acquired a new Taurus 27/7 Pro 9mm after ringing out a rental gun at a local gun shop. I am very pleased with the performance and the price. My question is, this is my first (hopefully not my last)polymer frame gun and I am wondering what cleaning products to use that will not adversely affect the frame. The manual did not include any specific information.

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    It can stand up to probably anything. I armorer strip my Glock down and use Wisk, very hot water and a GP brush. I think the only bad thing would be to use something like oven cleaner.
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    I agree. Good polymers are impervious to almost everything. I'd say Simple Green. I would stay away from corrosive chemicals, or petroleum based products, and fire. Congrats on your first polymer frame pistol!

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    Congrats! All three of my handguns I own are polymer framed!


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    There are not too many easily available solvents that melt or even damage polymer pistol frames.
    Methylene Chloride paint stripper will etch it.
    Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) will etch it.
    I'm sure that there are some other odd exotic solvents that will attack it but, you would have a hard time finding them on any hardware shelf.
    Other than that you're pretty safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    There are not too many easily available solvents that melt or even damage polymer pistol frames.
    Methylene Chloride paint stripper will etch it.
    Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) will etch it.
    I'm sure that there are some other odd exotic solvents that will attack it but, you would have a hard time finding them on any hardware shelf.
    Other than that you're pretty safe.
    How about good Ole WD-40 ?

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    WD-40 - no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    WD-40 - no problem.
    Thanks, I wasn't for sure on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veb642 View Post
    ...My question is, this is my first (hopefully not my last)polymer frame gun and I am wondering what cleaning products to use that will not adversely affect the frame.
    I would strongly recommend you only use cleaners and lubricants that specify they are safe for Polymer framed guns. Gun Scrubber, for example, comes in a Polymer Safe formula but the standard product actually etched my step son's Ruger.

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    What about paint thinner, kerosene, turpentine, solvents in general? I know I've had that stuff eat up plastics pretty good, but never tried it on a polymer framed pistol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghettokracker71 View Post
    All three of my handguns I own are polymer framed!
    Sounds like you have a walking, talking reason to go out and buy a steel gun, if, of course, you are one of those that actually needs a reason to buy a gun.
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    Will CLP BreakFree harm handgun polymer?

    What will "shine" it up a bit?

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    All of the CLP type lubes are safe for polymer frames.

    Break-Free - Firepower10 (FP-10) - WeaponShield are fine.
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    The two best products to clean a polymer frame in my experience are Dawn dish soap and armorall automotive dash wipes. They make my glock frame look like new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kahrcarrier View Post
    Will CLP BreakFree harm handgun polymer?

    What will "shine" it up a bit?
    CLP is fine, it's so safe that it's edible . When the gun is dry rub Black Kiwi Parade Gloss polish ( WalMart has it) and spin it off with a Dremel and a polishing wheel.
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