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xxsleepyxx
02-01-2010, 11:25 AM
Is it okay to clean barrels and parts of a gun with windex?

strangerdude
02-01-2010, 11:28 AM
If you use corrosive ammo I'm sure it helps, I can't see how it would harm the gun.

xxsleepyxx
02-01-2010, 11:28 AM
i mean just for regular cleaning? thanks

lazyworm
02-01-2010, 11:29 AM
yes, as long as you rinse out the windex afterwards, then dry and oil as usual.

lazyworm
02-01-2010, 11:30 AM
i mean just for regular cleaning? thanks

still yes, but why? I'm not aware windex has any special cleaning properties
other than for neutralizing corrosive salts.

VictorFranko
02-01-2010, 11:42 AM
Windex is 90-95% water, maybe not the best choice for cleaning a gun.

technique
02-01-2010, 11:44 AM
If you leave it (windex) on for too long...yes it will eat your bluing. If your gun is blued.

Personally I don't even use it with corrosive. Hot water works just fine.

Iggy
02-01-2010, 11:54 AM
Doesn't windex use ammonia? Ammonia is a salt to no?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonia#Solubility_of_salts

I would just use water or boiling water and then clean as normal.

Heavy_Grinder
02-01-2010, 12:53 PM
Doesn't windex use ammonia? Ammonia is a salt to no?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonia#Solubility_of_salts

I would just use water or boiling water and then clean as normal.

Well, Ammonia on chrome lining can and will cause oxidation if let to set for a long period of time. :D

scooterxd
02-01-2010, 1:25 PM
what about simple green?

Iggy
02-01-2010, 1:31 PM
Simple green eats aluminum.

xxsleepyxx
02-01-2010, 2:12 PM
sh*t i should just use what is normally used nevermind

shooterdude
02-01-2010, 3:43 PM
Simple green eats aluminum.

Extreme Simple Green Aircraft Cleaner does not corrode aluminum like the regular stuff.

bigthaiboy
02-01-2010, 5:03 PM
I like to use 91% Rubbing Alcohol (from Walgreen, Walmart, Target, Rite-Aid, etc). It works as a great de-greaser / cleaner, but gentle enough not to effect gun finishes or synthetic stocks. I evaporates very quickly and doesn't leave water dry marks, and won't leave moisture to corrode metal finishes.

odysseus
02-01-2010, 5:04 PM
Extreme Simple Green Aircraft Cleaner does not corrode aluminum like the regular stuff.

I thought it was the opposite way there.

K_Labs
02-01-2010, 5:24 PM
So Rem Oil (cleaner/oil) isn't good enough for corrosive ammo?

How do I know if my ammo is corrosive?

xxsleepyxx
02-01-2010, 5:42 PM
I like to use 91% Rubbing Alcohol (from Walgreen, Walmart, Target, Rite-Aid, etc). It works as a great de-greaser / cleaner, but gentle enough not to effect gun finishes or synthetic stocks. I evaporates very quickly and doesn't leave water dry marks, and won't leave moisture to corrode metal finishes.

something i wanted to know... that stuff is 8 times cheaper than CPL

Sailormilan2
02-01-2010, 5:46 PM
Ammonia was added to bore cleaners to dissolve the copper fouling left in the barrel. Unfortunately, the small amounts of ammonia that is in Windex will not do that. Water dissolves the corrosive salts, not ammonia.

shooterdude
02-01-2010, 5:59 PM
I thought it was the opposite way there.

That's why they make a version specifically for aircraft. I have used it for years to degrease and I can tell you that my plane has not corroded. It has a Boeing approval # as well.

I am not sure if it would clean copper/lead fouling from guns but it will clean the muddy grease and soot.

On the other hand I just use CLP.

swerv512
02-01-2010, 7:34 PM
i used to use windex all the time when i couldnt get my hands on any MPro7. it worked just as well IMHO. Worked great on pretty much everything, just be sure to rinse it off well as the ammonia in it will harm if let for long periods of time... i'd always follow the windex dousing with brake cleaner and finally any light oil available...

LasVegasTaxMan
02-01-2010, 7:56 PM
How about oxy clean? Seems to clean everything else.