Not the metal, but I had some cheapo plastic grips get melted by Gun Scrubber.
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Has anyone ever damaged their finish with a cleaner that was too strong? There are quite a few strong copper cleaners out there.
Over time for example Hoppes #9 can cause problems. It will damage copper plating. Some if not all nickle plated slides have a copper layer that Hoppes can eat away. That will make the nickle peel.
I have melted a pair of grip with spay gun cleaner. I have a melted in finger print on my Lama .22 grip because of that stuff.
I stripped the finish off one of my Kimber's black oxide ambi safety with the Smith&Wesson spray gun cleaner.
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I partially melted the plastic grips on my PPK with gun scrubber...when I went to dry it off with a paper towel it stuck to it. Pulling it off left an impression of the paper tower checkering on the grips.
I'm not worried about it. I don't care about what a gun looks like, just the function.
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Electroless Nickel is not Copper plated first. It bonds directly onto the Steel.
Older Nickel plating (called decorative Nickel) is Copper plated first.
That is not used anymore on modern firearms.
I put in a 642 into an ultrasonic cleaner and caused finish problems. Does that count? I still have to send it back to S&W to re-finish.
Too much Gun Scurbber had me send my snubbie back to S&W, but they made it new again at no charge.
Now I use Gunzilla.
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Most will not harm the metal moving parts although it is possible if left uncleaned of the solvent. Solvents are high VOC corrosives for metal only. Wood grips and polymer frames can easily be damaged.
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I ruined the slide on my Walther PP about thirteen years ago, forget what I was using.