Has anyone ever damaged their finish with a cleaner that was too strong?

Has anyone ever damaged their finish with a cleaner that was too strong?

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    Has anyone ever damaged their finish with a cleaner that was too strong?

    Has anyone ever damaged their finish with a cleaner that was too strong? There are quite a few strong copper cleaners out there.


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    Not the metal, but I had some cheapo plastic grips get melted by Gun Scrubber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Not the metal, but I had some cheapo plastic grips get melted by Gun Scrubber.
    bet that smelled good

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    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.

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    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.

    Free stippling!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Landor View Post
    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.
    Hey that's good to know. I like Hoppes #9, but HATE that this lid on the bottle never completely seals, and if the bottle gets stored on it's side, it leaks like crazy. Maybe I don't like Hoppes all that much. Just got a can of Breakfree CLP, I'll try that for a while.
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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PastorPack View Post
    Hey that's good to know. I like Hoppes #9, but HATE that this lid on the bottle never completely seals, and if the bottle gets stored on it's side, it leaks like crazy. Maybe I don't like Hoppes all that much. Just got a can of Breakfree CLP, I'll try that for a while.
    Amen to that...

    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    That is not used anymore on modern firearms.
    A lot of refinishing companies still use a copper base for nickel plating

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GWRedDragon View Post
    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.

    Free stippling!!

    I'm not worried about it. I don't care about what a gun looks like, just the function.
    I better be careful, because this is the stuff I use. I've wiped down the polymer on my Glock with no ill effects, but doesn't look like it is recommended.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by 1boredguy View Post
    Has anyone ever damaged their finish with a cleaner that was too strong? There are quite a few strong copper cleaners out there.
    It is not difficult to damage a pistol or long gun with many commercial solvents.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Xader View Post
    Amen to that...



    A lot of refinishing companies still use a copper base for nickel plating
    +2....Hoppes is a nice nostalgic smell, but go with the break free... Less mess...and smells even better
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    I ruined the slide on my Walther PP about thirteen years ago, forget what I was using.

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