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Old 01-03-2010, 03:15 AM   #1
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How you all doing. I just recently purchased my 1st handgun. The cheapest .22 I could find, a Phoenix HP22A. Really nice for the price. Anyways I got the cleaning kit for it and read the manual a few times but I had one question. What are sum good ways of cleaing the outside of the gun? A few ppl told me use a clothe with sum WD40. Others told me to use the solvent that the cleaning kit comes with. I always wipe down the gun after its been touched but I've noticed the black is beginning to turn a blueish color and really don't want the change to become permanent. Anyone have any tips they can give me would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

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Old 01-03-2010, 03:25 AM   #2
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I personally do not like WD 40 for anything except where I need to displace water from something. It is a lousy lube.

For CLEANING the exterior of a firearm, a couple of drops of powder solvent (yes, I still use Hoppes #9 ) on a clean patch, and wipe down. But cleaning is not LUBRICATING. I use Remoil for short term, or Breakfree Collector for long term. Again, couple of drops on a clean cloth, wipe down.

BTW, avoid dipping a bore brush INTO your bottle of solvent- gets the whole bottle dirty. I keep an empty oil bottle, fill it with solvent (label it) so I can squeeze out a couple of drops onto a brush or patch, and keep stuff in the bottle clean.

There are also silicone products you can use on exterior, but I don't like silicone on guns or wimmen.

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Hoppes or other brand silicone gun wipe is all you really need for quick wipe downs after handling. Powder residue can be cleaned using normal cleaning products. I would not recommend WD40 as a lubricant.

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I personally do not like WD 40 for anything except where I need to displace water from something. It is a lousy lube.

For CLEANING the exterior of a firearm, a couple of drops of powder solvent (yes, I still use Hoppes #9 ) on a clean patch, and wipe down. But cleaning is not LUBRICATING. I use Remoil for short term, or Breakfree Collector for long term. Again, couple of drops on a clean cloth, wipe down.

BTW, avoid dipping a bore brush INTO your bottle of solvent- gets the whole bottle dirty. I keep an empty oil bottle, fill it with solvent (label it) so I can squeeze out a couple of drops onto a brush or patch, and keep stuff in the bottle clean.

There are also silicone products you can use on exterior, but I don't like silicone on guns or wimmen.
That, my fellow forum brothers and sisters is the kind of advice that your father or granfather gave you and it sticks with you today.

Although, I do like the silicone cloths on the non-ferrous stuff. Sorry Grandpa.
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RemOil works well for me...

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Hoppes #9 and Mobil One synthetic oil are used on all my guns. C3 gave good advice as usual...

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WD40 is excellent for water displacement... not a good lubricant.
Marvel's mystery oil is an excellent lubricant... not so good at water displacement.
Mix equal parts of WD40, mystery oil and automatic transmission fluid and you have an excellent, gunsmith approved lubricant/rust inhibitor.

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