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Old 02-26-2014, 06:09 AM   #11
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4 parts diesel 1 part motor oil

for stubborn gunk; non chlorinated brake cleaner
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I came across this thread just in time. I have been thinking of growing some rubber trees to make some new tires for my truck. Any ideas on that?

Seriously, don't you guys know that mixing certain chemicals together can be BAD? And like someone said "gun cleaning solvents are so cheap".
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Questions and answers to posts such as this one are why I like FTF. We all know you can go out and pick up a can/bottle of generic solvent. What I don't or didn't know (love to learn btw) is some of the already mentioned ideas. Carry on...interested
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An often overlooked mild solvent and an excellent non-toxic degreaser is 90% ethyl alcohol. (It is also a good paint remover, best avoided in mil-surp AK's).
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Questions and answers to posts such as this one are why I like FTF. We all know you can go out and pick up a can/bottle of generic solvent. What I don't or didn't know (love to learn btw) is some of the already mentioned ideas. Carry on...interested
And what I'm trying to say is that mixing chemicals together randomly for no reason can get you negative results; it may not work, it may start a fire, it may be a severe health hazard, it may explode, etc. And when the problem has such a SIMPLE solution, (go to the LGS or Walmart and buy a gun cleaner that you know works), why take the chance?
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I know of some mixtures that would be great for firearms. But I can get a can of CLP for less than $10 and CLP is so much easier to use, plus it lasts for a year or longer. Most of the lubricants I mix up are for machine work or maintaining heavy equipment.
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we're living in the modern age of chemicals. and for the most part, there are just way too many off the shelf chemicals that work just fine and many times much better than anything we can come up with. i flunked chemistry in high school, so i don't have a degree in chemical engineering, so i leave such things up to those who do.

about the only one i will mix up is a mixture of diesel or kerosene and ATF for a long soak on something that needs it. i know both are compatible together.

but seriously, you might want to read the MSDS documents on things before mixing up something that could have some really bad results.

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I don't mix anything.

All the generic solvents serve a separate

purpose.

Never got guns so clean so fast.

NO MORE all-nighter cleanups por a

mio...
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Equal parts ATF and Acetone. You wont find a better penetrating fluid for breaking free rusted screws/bolts and its cheap to make/mix.
I'll keep this in mind as I work on old Volvos & Harleys with lots of rusted bolts etc.

An old timer I knew told me iodine was great for putting on bolts(the threaded type) that were rusted fast together/in a block.

tried it on a water pump bolt on a ford one time... worked pretty well.
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I came across this thread just in time. I have been thinking of growing some rubber trees to make some new tires for my truck. Any ideas on that?

Seriously, don't you guys know that mixing certain chemicals together can be BAD? And like someone said "gun cleaning solvents are so cheap".

Shush you... Why you gotta go and get in the way of natural selection???

But seriously

Dont mix chemicals or disparate fluids together looking for an easy shortcut.

All thats needed for cleaning is hoppes9 and clp. Degreasing for refinishing is a different topic and even for that you dont need to mix random stuff that grandpappy said would cure warts on a frog... Stick with proven safe products
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