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    Brake cleaner

    Is brake cleaner a good cleaner for a blued handgun? Will it harm the blue finish or should I just stick to gun cleaner? It's not that much more than brake cleaner but every little bit helps. Thanks.

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    Never had a problem with brake parts cleaner , myself.
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    No reason it should harm a blued finish. Don't get it on plastic though.
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    A reminder too re organic solvents - usually cyclic compounds - plenty of ventilation is good. Inhalation bad!
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    Buy the good stuff! That 99 cent discount can will leave a lot of unwanted residue.
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    A word of caution about brake cleaner. It will dissolve most plastic. Loctite must be some form of plastic and is used on lots of gun screws, both by us and the manufacturers. I've personally seen a Marlin cowboy rifle cease to function during a CAS match because the owner had used brake cleaner on the gun which dissolved the Loctite on the screws causing several of them to back out or fall out completely.

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    use non chlorinated usually will not harm plastic

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    How does brake cleaner do compared to Dunk-It? I'm thinking of removing the grips and spraying everything down, then lubing with CLP.

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    I use brake cleaner for hard to reach cleaning, be very careful on parked pistols... it will remove all oil and leave a very nasty looking finish.. be sure to re-oil that park finish real good.
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    be very careful on parked pistols... it will remove all oil and leave a very nasty looking finish.. be sure to re-oil that park finish real good.
    Listen and pay attention, that is very good advice

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