I have used it to clean up after mineral sprits
Pick up a can of Gun Scrubber and spray them down. Works like a dream. Walmart or your LGS sells it.
I've also used an ultrasonic cleaner for the parts, rinsed, and blown dry.
Bigger stuff gives me problems with these approaches, but these have worked for magazines and small parts for me in the past.
I've removed this with cleaning solvent in the past (ie. Hoppe's #9), but if you have a lot to get off, mineral spirits will be cheaper. I would not use any type of soap/water combination as recommended above, as this predisposes to rust, which is one of the reasons the grease is used in storage.
Thanks for the help people! I soaked them in diesel over night and will see the results tomorrow, you guys rock!
I forgot to mention once you've soaked in mineral spirits, then rinsed in hot water and blow dried, give the parts a good oiling to protect them, or use Barricade or your favorite water displacer to protect the parts after cleaning. If you check youtube for "how to remove cosmoline" you'll find lots of videos on it. avoid the suggestions of "simple green"
you'd still have to scrub the parts with a toothbrush to get the goop off. the spirits soak will dissolve the goop entirely.
I do not have access to a lot of commercial cleaners here so when I buy mags in new condition they first get soaked in diesel for a bit then scrubbed and set out in the sun to dry. Wipe them down and you are good to go. I also use diesel to clean the AK's here, works like a charm.
I use the same thing I use to clean my handguns, the dishwasher.......... :image035: :smoke23:
I hope it's cosmoline & not grease. Bulgarian grease is is a nauseating thought, lol.
Something I would never recommend is using gasoline too remove cosmoline but it works good. Extremely dangerous. Don't do it.
Mineral spirits, break cleaner, auto parts cleaners, Dawn - all that were already posted - or a combination of some should do the trick. Make sure you're in a well ventilated area.
actually if you don't have access to mineral spirits (???) you can use kerosene. It will work nearly as well.
Whatever you use, you'll end up using "elbow" to clean it.