View Full Version : Which solvents/cleaners?

03-01-2010, 3:12 PM
I was wondering what you guys use for cleaning your weapons. I would think I should be able to use the same products I use on my Ar as I use on my Glock right?

I emailed Noveske about a cleaning procedure. They recommend KG Coating products. The advised to use Kg1, Kg2 and Kg3. For lubricating they recommend Kg4 or Tetra Oil.

Are all of the cleaners needed for example Kg1, kg2 and kg3? Or would one of them do the trick?

Seen this kit.


50 Shooter
03-01-2010, 3:23 PM
Ask 100 people and get 100 different answers, use the right cleaner for the job. Copper, use a copper solvent, Carbon, use a carbon solvent, some will do multiple chores.

03-01-2010, 3:25 PM
Yep, a lot of different answers for this question. However keep in mind a rule: less is more. Don't over do it.

03-01-2010, 3:37 PM
Brake cleaner and compressed air to remove crud from recievers.
Wipe-Out for bores.
Weaponshield EWL oil or Mil-Comm TW25b grease for lubrication.

03-01-2010, 3:40 PM
Brake cleaner down the bore removes most carbon build-up or hoppes #9 (rifles), MPRO7 will remove most interior/exterior crud or CLP(rifles), brake cleaner to hose off any crud and remove MP7 residue, CLP again for outside corrosion resistance. maybe shooters choice or Hoppes BR for copper removal... that's pretty much it.

Jonathan Doe
03-01-2010, 4:04 PM
I just use Kroil for my guns.

03-01-2010, 4:06 PM
i like Slip2000 725 degreaser, its non-toxic.

same with their carbon killer.

03-01-2010, 4:16 PM
So is there a certain procedure? For example use Kg1 (carbon cleaner) then use kg12 (copper solvent), then use kg2 bore polish, then use kg3 (solvent/degreaser) and then finally use kg4 oil or tetra oil to coat everything.

Seems like alot of solvents/cleaners to use, I only fired about 80 rounds through the AR.

Will any of the cleaner change or dis-color the upper or lower receivers?

03-01-2010, 6:27 PM
80 rounds?

Just stick it in the safe.

03-01-2010, 6:56 PM
Wanted to wipe it down so the finger prints dont turn into rust spots

03-01-2010, 7:17 PM
So wipe it down with some lube. There are only a few small parts on the outside of an AR that are steel.

03-01-2010, 8:02 PM
CLP, Hoppes, a good copper remover...

Group B
03-01-2010, 8:04 PM
Penetrating Oil: Kroil
Solvents: Shooter's Choice, Butch's Bore Solvent
Copper Remover: Montana Extreme (use w/stiff nylon bore brushes)
Lube: Shooter's Choice FP-10 oil
Grease: Shooter's Choice grease, Wurth CU 800 anti-seize
Spray products: Reedy motor cleaner (an R/C product), CRC contact cleaner, Tetra spray cleaner w/light lube

EMT John
03-02-2010, 6:53 AM
Just goes to show you. Everyone has their own way of doing things.

03-02-2010, 7:01 AM
my cleaning supplies consist of

breakfree clp
mpro7 solvent
hoppes #9
shooters choice solvent
sweets 762
gun scrubber

various oils

a few of those silicon cleaning rags

03-02-2010, 7:03 AM
I've only used CLP on my AK/ARs until now. I'm realizing that I don't want a lifetime of CLP absorbed into my hands and airways and get some horrible cancer from it later on. Plus, I believe CLP creates carbon buildup if left on something (a bolt) because it is petroleum based. I will be switching to the green SLIP2000. I'll still soak my BCG in my OMS/solvent solution while I clean the barrel and action.

03-02-2010, 8:07 AM
I clean with WD40 and lub with Mobile 1. To remove the tough stuff I use ignition spray (aka starting fluid).

03-02-2010, 8:11 AM
80 rounds?

Just stick it in the safe.

Word! :D

03-02-2010, 8:13 AM
And I use Breakfree for everything...works great (and I wear Nitrile gloves to prevent absorption)!

Ask 100 gun owners what they use for cleaning, you'll get 105 answers! :D

03-02-2010, 8:40 AM
I use breakfree clp and hoppes #9

03-02-2010, 8:44 AM
I clean with WD40 and lub with Mobile 1. To remove the tough stuff I use ignition spray (aka starting fluid).

these items would be cheaper then gun cleaners right? I thought it was not safe to use WD40, starting fluid and motor oil. would any of these items damage the finish on a rifle?:)

Group B
03-02-2010, 11:30 AM
these items would be cheaper then gun cleaners right? I thought it was not safe to use WD40, starting fluid and motor oil. would any of these items damage the finish on a rifle?:)

Starting fluid is a mixture of volatile hydrocarbons (heptane, butane or propane), diethyl ether, and CO2 (propellant). I don't see how that is going to harm the finish of a rifle.

WD40 is a penetrating oil, like PB blaster or the like. I don't see how that is going to harm the finish of a rifle either.

Motor oil is oil, it is a lubricant, whether or not it is synthetic. I don't see how it is going to harm the finish of a rifle either.

03-02-2010, 9:19 PM
i use clp, hoppes, and powder blast. I suspect that powder blast is nothing more than brake cleaner, cuz it sure smells like brake cleaner.

03-02-2010, 10:43 PM
No need to clean. Just lube.

If your groups open up enough to warrant a bore cleaning, just snake it a few times with Mpro7.

03-03-2010, 12:17 AM
I use the universal gun cleaning kit from Walmart with Hoppes #9 and remoil to clean just about all my firearms. But when I'm lazy, my rifles just get a bore snake ran through em :p

03-03-2010, 5:20 AM
I put my guns in the dishwasher and let the detergent do the cleaning. Polymer handguns only go on the top rack.

After the drying cycle while they are still hot I spray them with Tri-Flow which absorbs into the pores of the hot metal.

03-03-2010, 11:25 AM
M-Pro7 as a general cleaner
M-Pro7 Copper for every now and then (sometimes after a long session ~2000 rnds)
Hoppes as good ole standbye.

03-03-2010, 11:53 AM
Anybody try Ed's Red recipe? Google it. It's a home made recipe made from readily available products such as acetone, lanolin, mineral spirits, Dexron ATF fluid, and kerosene. Costs per ounce, or gallon even, is a lot less than the stuff mentioned in this thread.

03-03-2010, 1:28 PM
Whatever is cheap and/or is readily available :) Im using Hoppes and CLP right now.

Flying Bones
03-13-2010, 7:16 PM
Anyone have a good place to buy the TW stuff?

03-13-2010, 7:51 PM
I use breakfree clp to clean then oil wit hoppes #9 oil. Hope that's good enough

03-13-2010, 11:17 PM
Like many I have experimented with a bunch of different cleaners/lubes. What I use now or can recommend

LPS micro x- Its actually not a gun cleaner but a electronic cleaner. Blasts the gunk away and does not damage anything plastic.

Birchwood casey Gun scrubber synthetic is excellent on par with LPS

For the green out there, Mpro-7 is good.

I have finally settled on what I consider the best of all worlds-- Simple Green Aircraft solution, it is safe on pretty much everything and wont eat your hands off:eek:

As for lube, Militec 1 is what I use on everything except the AK that is coming soon with nickle boron coating. No lube necessary:)

03-14-2010, 8:34 AM
Check this out yous guys



03-14-2010, 8:56 AM
Slip 2000 -725 Cleaner
Slip 2000 - EWL Lube to follow

IMHO - Better than Hopps 9 and 7 Combo.