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HotRails
05-20-2009, 3:11 PM
Ok, Im definately going to subject myself to ridicule here for asking such an anal question regarding cleaning an AK, but I just have been unable to remove this hard, caked fowling from the front of the AK gas piston. Any suggestions?

Sicarius
05-20-2009, 3:26 PM
scotch bright pad will probably do it.
Kevin

4 Brigada
05-20-2009, 3:54 PM
scotch bright pad will probably do it.


If its tougher than that, try a safety razor blade to flake of the big chunks.

domokun
05-20-2009, 4:48 PM
Did you try soaking it in something like Carbon Killer or Hoppes #9 for a bit to see if you can loosen it?

ohsmily
05-20-2009, 5:20 PM
Ok, Im definately going to subject myself to ridicule here for asking such an anal question regarding cleaning an AK, but I just have been unable to remove this hard, caked fowling from the front of the AK gas piston. Any suggestions?

How did you get these in your gas system???
http://www.wsrt.org.uk/images/fowling.jpg

jumbopanda
05-20-2009, 5:22 PM
Haha, Ohsmily strikes again!

UBFRAGD
05-20-2009, 5:23 PM
I've had crab cakes but I haven't tried fowl cakes yet. mmmm, cakes.

God Bless The Mauser
05-20-2009, 5:55 PM
I use a dental pick to scrape it out.

Bladewurk
05-20-2009, 5:57 PM
scotch bright pad will probably do it.
Kevin

+1...

ocabj
05-20-2009, 5:58 PM
Slip 2000 or M-Pro7

HotRails
05-20-2009, 10:04 PM
How did you get these in your gas system???
http://www.wsrt.org.uk/images/fowling.jpg

DOH! Ohsmiley sneak attack! Probably taught the VC everything they know!

Dragunov
05-20-2009, 11:03 PM
Here's how I do the gas pistons on my SKS':

Put gas piston (small end) in a drill.
Take a small piece of scotch brite pad.
Soak piston head in DOT 4 brake fluid for about a minute.
Start drill while applying pressure to piston surface with scotch brite pad.
Everything will come off in about 30 seconds.

Grumpyoldretiredcop
05-20-2009, 11:07 PM
Stainless steel gun brush. Do it every time you clean the weapon and you won't need to break out the dental pick. :D

Jpach
05-21-2009, 11:08 AM
I use that AK tool that looks like the head of a giant flat head screwdriver to scrape it all off, but it never all comes off. I have realized that it really doesnt matter, just clean it until its good enough and you will be fine. DAMNNIT! You just reminded me that I havent cleaned my guns since my Mammoth/Bishop trip this past weekend.

gtmmark
05-21-2009, 11:11 AM
Like other have said I use a scotch bright pad.

HotRails
05-21-2009, 3:40 PM
Someone suggested using a polish wheel, but I don't have a grinder so thats out.

LazyAndy
05-21-2009, 3:54 PM
I use a dremel with the wire brush attachment. Takes it right off. Also works for the carbon that gets on the tail of an AR bolt.

Vtec44
05-21-2009, 4:31 PM
Also works for the carbon that gets on the tail of an AR bolt.

That's a ***** to take off. I use a soft tooth brush after soaking it in Hoppes #9 fo a while.

B Strong
05-21-2009, 4:42 PM
Ok, Im definately going to subject myself to ridicule here for asking such an anal question regarding cleaning an AK, but I just have been unable to remove this hard, caked fowling from the front of the AK gas piston. Any suggestions?

Soak w/MP 7 pro, allow to soak in, hit it with Scotchbrite.

Full Clip
05-21-2009, 5:24 PM
I use a dremel with the wire brush attachment. Takes it right off. .

Same. In 0.2 seconds it's done.

scr83jp
05-21-2009, 6:52 PM
Ok, Im definately going to subject myself to ridicule here for asking such an anal question regarding cleaning an AK, but I just have been unable to remove this hard, caked fowling from the front of the AK gas piston. Any suggestions? Use carburetor cleaner.

arfan66
05-21-2009, 7:09 PM
Wow! People actually clean AK's???!! Next you'll tell me that you oil 'em too ;) (I use synthetic wheel bearing grease). Me, I just wipe the end off with a patch dipped in Hoppe's #9 then rock on.........YMMV

Jeff

Jpach
05-22-2009, 12:16 AM
Damnit I still havent cleaned mine!

69Mach1
05-22-2009, 12:17 AM
I refuse to do it because of tradition. :)

Anthonysmanifesto
05-22-2009, 12:46 AM
Kano Kroil oil, elbow grease

ripcurlksm
05-22-2009, 3:20 AM
soak it in solvent for a while and G2G. I have a tall tupperware filled with hoppes bore solvent. Its the size of a iced tea container but smaller

motorhead
05-22-2009, 10:17 AM
the only thing i've found in 30+ years of wrenching that softens carbon is spray-on gasket remover. it turns it to butter in a matter of minutes. do keep it away from paint and plastic as the results are the same. oh, don't get it on your fingers, IT BURNS! also works on combustion chambers and valve stems.
bear in mind, this is a trade secret. the guild of shadetree mechanics may have already dispatched assasins for me for revealing this.

AK4me
05-22-2009, 10:20 AM
I usually just soak it in hoppes and then scrub the crap out of it with a brass brush