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Wash your gun with water?

This is a discussion on Wash your gun with water? within the Non-XD Handguns forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; Originally Posted by MagicPie I do that often, using a ultrasonic cleaner, water and dish soap. No problems, but it's very important to rinse it ...


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Old 09-24-2009, 05:45 PM   #11
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I do that often, using a ultrasonic cleaner, water and dish soap. No problems, but it's very important to rinse it well, and dry.

I know I never get all the water out, as I don't do detail strips, but as long as you oil the gun, and keep it in a climate controlled room, opposed to locked in a box, rust is never a problem. Verified when I do, do detail strips.

Ultrasonic, soap and water, works far better then any gun cleaner by the way.
What kind of soap do you use in the ultrasonic cleaner?
What guns do you clean it?

What guns / finishes / parts would you NOT clean in an ultrasonic cleaner?

Sorry to thread hijack and feel free to redirect me. It is just that I picked up an ultrasonic cleaner and I am not sure how to use it on guns.

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Old 09-24-2009, 05:58 PM   #12
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I just use any dish washing soap, they all work the same to me. Dishwashing soap will ensure nothing can really go wrong, it's when people start adding degreasers, and various cleaners where problems occur.

Typically I use put a drop or two of soap, and add more after I wash a few things, or if it was really dirty then replace the water and soap. Afterward, rinse with tap water, shake the parts dry, and proceed to wipe what crude remains, towel dry, oil, etc.

I clean whatever gun will fit from a field strip, I do barrel, and springs together. Later the slide, and then frame. Things work best if you don't put too much in there, the lesser insider the better the result. If it's too big and bulky, then I just hold a section of the part in the water, and rotate.

Normally nothing goes in for more then a minute or two, with the exception of say, a AR15 bolt and carrier, that go for 5 minutes.

I have heard not to use ultrasonic on aluminum framed guns, I however do it all the time. Just I keep it in there for only a few seconds instead, and my ultrasonic is not industrial grade, so I doubt it could ever really cause a problem.

Following these steps, normal soap, limited amount of time, and careful over watch. I never had a problem, while too getting a gun is nearly spotless, minus a few areas that need a extra wipe.
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Use really hot, or boiling water and it will dry pretty quickly.
Yes...A preferred method for black powder barrels.
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I like brake cleaner instead. It's REAL cheap...I think the last big can I bought was $3, and it's lasted a couple brake jobs and a dozen gun cleanings. Eats just about everything, works MUCH better then water. The only drawback is that you should probably wear gloves and glasses while doing it. The pressurized can also helps get some of the carbon and dirt and crap out of tight spaces.
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Don't get that **** in your eyes, man. BLEEVE ME! Not pleasant.
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Don't get that **** in your eyes, man. BLEEVE ME! Not pleasant.
YES, safety glasses and nitrile gloves. It'll eat through regular latex gloves.

Brake cleaner works great, by the way. It's the same exact thing is the "Gun Scrubber" stuff that sells for 2-3 times as much. Just remember that most brake cleaner will damage any plastic/wood surfaces, so I wouldn't recommend using it on a Glock or anything
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Non chlorinated brake cleaner won't harm plastics...at least those used in firearms. It's also much better for your skin and lungs...i.e. it doesn't eat away your insides.
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I like brake cleaner instead. It's REAL cheap...I think the last big can I bought was $3, and it's lasted a couple brake jobs and a dozen gun cleanings. Eats just about everything, works MUCH better then water. The only drawback is that you should probably wear gloves and glasses while doing it. The pressurized can also helps get some of the carbon and dirt and crap out of tight spaces.
Oooh and it smells good too.... Whoa!!! Like what?
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