Thoughts on Cosmoline Removal

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    Thoughts on Cosmoline Removal

    I heard that you can place the metal parts of your gun on a low temperature in the oven and after an hour or so the cosmoline will melt/come off. Then afterwards you can boil it in hot water to get the excess off, clean it with mineral spirits, let it cool and then oil it good.

    Does this sound about right? Any potential problems with the above scenario? Any other pointers or easy ways to remove this gunk? I don't feel like scrubbing it to be frank. So any other pointers but "Scrub it with..." would be appreciated

    Thanks!

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    Gun Scubber should do the trick. Brake cleaner. I use to use starting fluid (ether) to get cosmoline from Brazilian Cummins rebuid kits. I don't suggest you use ether due to fire/explosion hazard.
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    I think Dawn dish washing liquid and hot water would be good. Forget the oven. Bathtub?

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    Easy Off oven cleaner, mineral spirits......or Varsol in a parts washer.
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    CRC electrical contact cleaner, shouldnt eat plastic, though it will melt bakelite and some of the old plastics from the 50's
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    Ive used non toxic oven cleaner, and a old tooth brush. Ive tried boiling hot water, and gun scrubber, too. I think the oven cleaner works the best. spray on, let it soak for a few, minimal scrubbing for crevices and cracks, and rinse. repeat as needed.

    Ive also seen via some google seaches where people will sit the parts in the sun, on top of a black plstic bag, some even put them(the parts in a bag) inside thier cars in the hot mid day sun. Either way will prevent stinking up the house, which will keep domestic peace if you have a better half, heh.

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    kerosene works great. Used it to get that crap off of some parts on my car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D Strokes View Post
    kerosene works great. Used it to get that crap off of some parts on my car.
    Probably safer than my post.
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    I used brake cleaner on SKS's...wood and all. (of course, the wood wasn't a thing of beauty to begin with)

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    Yea. The oven idea works best. Have your significant other call me after she kills you. Forget the bathtub too.

    Actually, forget the above. Send me the gun and I'll take care of it for ya!

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    A few minutes with a heat gun and cosmoline melts off with little/no scrubbing.

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    I agree with atctimmy that gasoline is probably the fastest method. That's what I've used to remove cosmoline. It isn't the safest however.

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    You can also try some of those hand held steam cleaners, heat gun on low to med setting, or even a hair dryer. Any type of heat will melt the cosmoline if you don't want to use chemicals like acetone, mineral spirits, etc. But make sure it is done outside.

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