if you repaired pitted barrels it was not because of brake fluid. the metal was already pitted from rust/oxidation and the brake fluid just disolved the rust that caused the pitting to begin with.
bead blasting would have produced the same results with a piece of metal that has rust dammage. when you spot weld a pitted barrel you have to remove the rust anyway so brake fluid is a good solvent for removing imbedded rust .
think about this, before they started using plastic containers for master cylander resivours automotive manufacturers used cast Iron and steel resivours for years before they replaced them with plastic resivorus they did not replace metal resivours because brake fluid damaged the metal parts they were replaced because plastic is cheaper and plastic will break down in time when metal will not
go out to any junk yard and find an old car that still has brake fluid in the resivour it will be in tact and rust free Guaranteed
dont matter about ymmv facts is facts if you prefer not to use it that is fine but shouldnt say thast it will pit metal when it will not.
As I had mentioned that brake fluid will damage rubber and wood finishes and should be stripped from the receiver and barrel before cleaning.
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