Steam Clean

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Daoust_Nat, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Daoust_Nat

    Daoust_Nat Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A range nearby has a deal for ten visits for $75 (no restrictions on when). Walk in and pay is $10. With this, when the card is through you can get your gun steam cleaned as part of the deal.

    I have no clue what a steam clean entails, and if it has value.

    I am sure someone in this worthy group can educate me.
     
  2. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    I'm not sure, but it sounds like you would need to give the gun an oil bath afterward to prevent rust:eek:
     

  3. WoodysKJ

    WoodysKJ New Member

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    if your gun need that kind of cleaning, first learn to clean it regularly yourself. some good common sense regular cleaning will negate this steam cleaning stuff. If then it is THAT dirty, find a shop or gunsmith who can Ultrasonic clean it for you.

    I have an ultrasonic cleaner. take the grips off, disassemble the gun, non-amoniated cleaner for 10-20 minutes. rinse with water, yes I said water, shake dry and then 20 minutes in the ultrasonic oil bath and the ultrasonic will put oil in places where oild hasn't been since it left the factory. totally displaces the water EVERYWHERE on the gun and the loose parts. Re-asemble and presto.

    Get the range membership but pass on the steam cleaning.
     
  4. Gojubrian

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    I would ask others who have actually done it and see how it went. I'm curious as well, first thing I thought of was rust. However, if they offer it and folks are doing it, then it most likely won't cause rust.
     
  5. WoodysKJ

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    Got a dentist around here offering 50% root canals, but i still wont do it....
     
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    That would make an awesome Halloween gift for an annoying office neighbor. :D I wonder if they have gift certificates?
     
  7. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    something sounds disastrously wrong about steam cleaning. its not a business suit. maybe they steam it with something other than water... i would definately learn more about that process before letting them do it to my firearms.
     
  8. gorknoids

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    Water is not inherently evil. Prescribed (Read "Official") procedures for the highest-tech avionics components exposed to sea water is to flush them thoroughly with fresh water, and then bake them in a warm oven. Remove the electrolyte, and you eliminate corrosion. Also, metal does not absorb oil, in case that fallacy is still going around. Sorry, I read it here once and thought WTF?
    If it's pressurized steam-cleaning, it isn't going to hurt anything as long as the parts are dried. Heat, in and of itself isn't necessarily mechanically superior to a good scrubbing with a brush. Try cleaning your rims with a tea pot, and then take a toothbrush to them. I'd be more prone to an ultrasonic cleaning in PD-680 dry cleaning fluid, because of the solvent being agitated.
     
  9. Daoust_Nat

    Daoust_Nat Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I clean my guns after every range session, I look at it as cheap insurance. I don't have a clue as to what they do for a steam clean, and neither did the kid who told me about the deal. I will try to ask the gunsmith that is at the range and see what he says it is. I expect I will buy the range card, as it is useable at all times, including week ends and holidays. The thought of a steam clean for a handgun seemed strange. I expect to go this weekend with my daughter so she can try out her new SR9 and I will ask just what it consists of.
     
  10. gatopardo

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    I use stem cleaner it on my mosin nagant's barrels to get rid of corrosive powder, after that a some oil & wipe routine and presto.

    I also use it to clean my jewelry; which is something I learned at the flea market awhile ago.

    Haven't used on my pistols but sound like a good idea.:cool:

    Here a 7.62x54r with glow-on ghost sights:D
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    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  11. WoodysKJ

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    I concur. water is not the enemy, in and of it's self. I water rinse all of my parts AFTER an ultrasonic cleaning and before i ultrasonic in an oil bath. Oil is only a surface treatment, same as water. it is when the water sit in the tiny crevices and cracks for a period of time that causes rust. To have a gun steam cleaned ONLY then put it back in the safe or holster for any length of time is a recipe for rust in my book.

    The ultrasonic oil bath for a minimum of 10 minutes actually displaces the water in those tiny cracks with oil which evaporates much less quickly and there by protects the finish and surface longer. Water an oxygen are the culprits. a gun left in water away from O2 will corrode, but not as fast as a gun pulled out of water and exposed to the oxidation allowed by the air.
     
  12. IGETEVEN

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    I concur as well. Hell, I have at times, used high pressure steam and the dishwasher to clean my rifles and guns, heat dried and oil bathed and treated, blown off excess oil with compressed air...no rust yet.

    You can't beat the complete micro/macro cleaning efficiency of a ultrasonic cleaner. :cool: