Gunzilla Question

Gunzilla Question

This is a discussion on Gunzilla Question within the Firearm Cleaning & Maintenance forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; Good morning. I've recently started using Gunzilla, bought two of their products a few weeks ago and used them, and then again this morning. I've ...

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    Gunzilla Question

    Good morning. I've recently started using Gunzilla, bought two of their products a few weeks ago and used them, and then again this morning.

    I've recently come down with a bad case of sinusitis, that now stretches back several weeks which is really unusual for me -- usually, I get the sniffles or something, I can deal with it and send the junk on its way in just a matter of days. But after this morning I'm wondering what's causing the sinusitis.

    I broke out the Gunzilla this morning to clean, for the first time, my new PM9. Now, post cleaning and cleaning up, I'm feeling the sinusitis kick in really bad, even affecting my eyes now.

    Any possibility of an allergy to Gunzilla? Anybody else have any issues with it?

    I also noticed this morning, that two of the brushes that I used last time out melted the plastic casing they were stored in since I used them -- obviously, since it's the first time that's happened, the Gunzilla residue left on them tore into the plastic.

    What do you think?
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    I recently tried Gunzilla also, and it didn't bother me, but I'm not particularly sensitive to things either. You may be. The lack of smell is what stimulated me to try it. Hoppes just stinks up the whole house.

    As for the plastic melting, it is a solvent. I use the little metal acid brushes and keep them in a jar, so I haven't exposed them to plastic.

    As to how well GZ works, the jury is still out for me. It seems slightly better on cleaning lead out. Like all "liquid" lubes, it disapates too quickly for me, so I still lube the pistol rails with grease. I'll give it until the bottle is empty to make a judgement call on buying more.
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    I've been using Gunzilla for about a year now and haven't noticed any sinus issues while, or after using it.

    I also haven't noticed any deforming or melting of plastic (old tooth brushes) from using Gunzilla.
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    You are correct Vet, it is a solvent, just had not seen that happen with the Hoppes that I had used previously.
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    Gunzilla is made from organic compounds. Plants and cactus juice I think. It is entirely possible that you could be allergic to it.

    Cease use of it and see what happens. Then try it again. If it stuffs you up and affects your eyes, quit using it and send it to me.
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    Agreed with HG...Only do not send it to him, send it to me!

    I've been using it for several years now.
    Yes, it is a solvent different than Hoppes and will remove lead as well as plastic residue such as with shotguns.

    This is stated at their website...

    ...Gunzilla effectively removes carbon, copper, lead, rust, black powder, and plastic particles left from shotgun sabots/wads. Most cleaners soften carbon but it still must be scraped or scrubbed off a gun. Gunzilla’s unique formula breaks the bonds of the carbon molecules and turns them into a sludge-like liquid....
    Hoppes does not do this, so do not use plastic brushes with Gunzilla and expect long term endurance.
    As well like HG said if for some reason your body is telling you it doesn't like the product then well yeah send it to him, or me. : )

    BTW I had no idea the Copperzilla was now a product offering.
    But I bought my bottle years ago as an early adopter (size large) and haven't had to replace it yet...The stuff works so well very little goes a long way, unlike Hoppes.

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    Seems kind of a shame ... the Gunzilla works so well. In looking back at this onslaught of sinusitis, I've been trying to pin it down to the last time I cleaned anything, and it just seems that I did clean the H&K and the Model 66 right around the time it started ...... then this mornings issues.

    I'm going to wait until my nose clears up, then try the Hoppes, if no problems I'll try the Gunzilla again and see if I have some bottles of really great gun cleaner to dispose of.
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    Any other symptoms? Has your nose or ears started to glow or anything like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGP250 View Post
    Any other symptoms? Has your nose or ears started to glow or anything like that?
    Not any more than they usually do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmacque View Post
    Not any more than they usually do.
    That is a good sign. The fact is, all solvents contain some volatile organic compounds (VOC). Man made or not they can affect indoor air quality and contribute to certain health problems. Many VOC's are made from plants. Some solvents are classified as low VOC and some like Alkyd paints can contain very high VOC levels.

    Try opening a window or cleaning the guns outdoors. That should help.
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    Good advice, SIG, thanks.
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    I've been using it for a few months now...no health issues, and the plastic tooth brush I use is still in fine shape...
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    Like any organic material, you could easily have an allergic reaction to it. If your sinuses are irritated, I'd recommend a test: don't use the stuff, let the irritation clear up, and the expose yourself to the fumes for a couple of minutes. Don't handle it. See what happens.

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    I noticed after I started using Gunzilla I tend to go online and buy more gun stuff,I think I'm allergic
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