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Old 02-01-2010, 10:25 AM
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Is it okay to clean barrels and parts of a gun with windex?
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:28 AM
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If you use corrosive ammo I'm sure it helps, I can't see how it would harm the gun.
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i mean just for regular cleaning? thanks
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yes, as long as you rinse out the windex afterwards, then dry and oil as usual.
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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.
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Windex is 90-95% water, maybe not the best choice for cleaning a gun.
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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.
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Doesn't windex use ammonia? Ammonia is a salt to no?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonia...ility_of_salts

I would just use water or boiling water and then clean as normal.
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Doesn't windex use ammonia? Ammonia is a salt to no?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonia...ility_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.
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what about simple green?
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Simple green eats aluminum.
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sh*t i should just use what is normally used nevermind
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Simple green eats aluminum.
Extreme Simple Green Aircraft Cleaner does not corrode aluminum like the regular stuff.
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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.
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Extreme Simple Green Aircraft Cleaner does not corrode aluminum like the regular stuff.
I thought it was the opposite way there.
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So Rem Oil (cleaner/oil) isn't good enough for corrosive ammo?

How do I know if my ammo is corrosive?
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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
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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.
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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.
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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...
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How about oxy clean? Seems to clean everything else.
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