Warning about gun cleaners and coatings!!!

Warning about gun cleaners and coatings!!!

This is a discussion on Warning about gun cleaners and coatings!!! within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; well I'm sick but thought I'd take a moment to warn others; I have a Kahr P9 with the black coating on the slide. Looks ...

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    Warning about gun cleaners and coatings!!!

    well I'm sick but thought I'd take a moment to warn others; I have a Kahr P9 with the black coating on the slide. Looks great until yesterday. Came back from a hike and the gun was sweaty so I sprayed the slide with some "Break Free Powder Blast Gun Cleaner" and wiped it down and instantly my beautiful black slide turned a lighter gray color

    Now this is not a pretty gun anyway and I use it a lot and even stuck a wrap around adhesive type grip on it to soften the plastic checkering so it doesn't affect the functionality of the gun at all but still!!!! The can warns you to test a spot but why would you "test" a spot???

    So be warned, coatings are great but come products can damage them. This is the first time I used this product on this gun, normally I only use the regular CLP breakfree.

    I guess I can get the slide recoated but that's unfortunate. So, you all might already know what I just learned but if there even one out there!


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    Thank you very much for posting this. Hope you get the finish figured out. Sorry to hear about the damage. I know how that feels...Watched a friend ruin his gun just last week. Not exactly sure what he was using, just know it was not for the intended purpose. He ruined a late 1800's long colt revolver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by realitycramp View Post
    .Watched a friend ruin his gun just last week. Not exactly sure what he was using, just know it was not for the intended purpose. He ruined a late 1800's long colt revolver.



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    Are you sure it affected the finish? My experience with that product is that it cleans extreamly well, but will leave a grayish white residue behind. Usually I just wipe it good with FP 10, CLP , Tetra...whatever and its fine.

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    Try warming your slide up a little bit with a blow dryer and then put a light coat of oil on on the slide and wipe the excess oil off.
    It might go right back to black again.
    I think the Kahr slides are matte blackened Stainless steel and sometimes just like Parkerizing if you strip all the oil off with a degreaser it looks gray.
    Try to lightly reoil it and let us know if that makes it look better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Gideon
    Try warming your slide up a little bit with a blow dryer and then put a light coat of oil on on the slide and wipe the excess oil off.
    It might go right back to black again.
    I think the Kahr slides are matte blackened Stainless steel and sometimes just like Parkerizing if you strip all the oil off with a degreaser it looks gray.
    Try to lightly reoil it and let us know if that makes it look better.
    yup, do this and it will be fine.
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    I had a Keltec P3AT with a parkerized finish that did the same thing, and like QKShooter and Sixto said, came back to black after a good coating of Hoppes gun oil.
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    Ditto on wiping the gun down with oil after using the cleaner. I use it on my S&W MP and it returns back to it's black matte finish.

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    The Black DLC coating on Kahrs are "self-lubricating." This misnomer of a term simply means that when the coating comes into contact with some type of oil, it tends to absorb it and hold onto it. When you use a solvent as you did, you strip the coating of its lubricant, which is why it changed colors. Just as the other said, just thrown a little oil on it, and it'll be right back to normal. No harm. Hope this explanation makes you feel a little better!!
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    Just got to check my thread and I'm excited to hear that this might improve! I'll try the suggestions tonight!

    I had made up my mind that this would be my working gun! I was trying to psych myself into thinking it was just a tough cool looking tool!

    Thanks for the ideas guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by realitycramp View Post
    <--snip--> He ruined a late 1800's long colt revolver.
    Did you shoot him dead on the spot? JK, seriously though...

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    Was really frustrated with him. We were on a business trip and he brought it to show me. All I had was Hoppes and dry lube and he wanted to use oil to clean it. Should tell you something right there. He had some industrial solvent he said would have oil in it. I threw my hands up after a while. Gun ended up with a gray and powdery white coating. looked like it had been dipped in salt water and dryed in the sun. Told him to take it to a gunsmith and not touch it anymore. Really made me sick.
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    Well I followed the suggestion to heat & oil and guess what!!! IT WORKED

    That'll make you feel like a fool! Can't believe the difference it made. So I oiled it up good, wiped it down real good and it looks great! Strange how it does that and it dosen't feel oily at all!

    This is the value of a forum like this. Access to so much experience and varied experience at that!

    Thanks to all!!

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    Glad it worked out. Nothing like thinking you just ruined a new gun!

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    Glad to hear it.
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