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Old 10-12-2017, 7:13 PM
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Default Cleaning Guns after a fire

My father lost his house in the Tubbs fire this week. We got the safe open and the guns are covered in soot. Surprising that they aren't more damaged. Two questions

1. How should we clean them?
2. Is there a gunsmith in the North bay that can tell us if they are damaged?
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Old 10-12-2017, 7:48 PM
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Sorry to hear about his loss



Do not rub them down... I would use compressed air to remove the bulk of the soot, break them down to component pieces, and then wipe them down with an oiled rag. What was the condition of the safe? outside and inside. also what was the rating of the safe? if the inside had carpet and the carpet was not melted that would be an indication of the temps inside the safe.



as ol shooter said don't use oil on stock... I was only thinking steel, I forgot about wood...

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As was mentioned, blow everything off that will come off. Don't use oily rags on gun stocks, bad for the wood and the finishes. See if you can find some real Mineral Spirits, can be a difficult thing in California, and wipe down with soft clean cloths until they look clean. Genuine Mineral Spirits will not harm stock finishes. DO NOT use the Green Mineral Spirits or Mineral Spirit Substitutes sold in the stores, they are not good and most contain alcohol, very bad for gun finishes.
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See if you can find some real Mineral Spirits, can be a difficult thing in California
Unless you know somebody who has mineral spirits from before their regulation in California, you will not find any on the shelve. Against the law to sell it. You'll have to go out of state to buy some. Or work in an industry that uses it, but they are regulated by the Air Resource Board and would have it under lock and key so to speak.
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Unless you know somebody who has mineral spirits from before their regulation in California, you will not find any on the shelve. Against the law to sell it. You'll have to go out of state to buy some. Or work in an industry that uses it, but they are regulated by the Air Resource Board and would have it under lock and key so to speak.
I have some coming tomorrow from Amazon, will see how good it is. A retired wood finish industry expert at Rim Fire Central says the brand is a good product. A little expensive but if it works, it works.

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I have some coming tomorrow from Amazon, will see how good it is. A retired wood finish industry expert at Rim Fire Central says the brand is a good product. A little expensive but if it works, it works.

Interesting.

I tried to order some from McMaster-Carr a couple of years ago, I though I was sly, but I was DENIED! LOL
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The safe was rated for 60 minutes. The wood is in good condition although covered in soot. Any leather was ruined and all of the papers burnt.

A watch and some jewelry was in prefect condition.

I'll try the suggestions here and let you know.

Thanks for the help
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The safe was rated for 60 minutes. The wood is in good condition although covered in soot. Any leather was ruined and all of the papers burnt.

A watch and some jewelry was in prefect condition.

I'll try the suggestions here and let you know.

Thanks for the help
Sounds like it did not get hot enough to effect the structure of the metal, but as you already know have a gunsmith verify for safety. Good luck with the cleaning up and please let us know how it goes.
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Interesting.

I tried to order some from McMaster-Carr a couple of years ago, I though I was sly, but I was DENIED! LOL
I just received it, opened it, sniffed it. It's the real deal, I ordered two gallons from them just now. I have ordered other banned items from them in the past, hope the solvent police aren't monitoring this transmission.
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