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Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by Kiddo, Oct 2, 2005.
I read on http://www.bobtuley.com that kerosene could cause rust on firearms. Is this true?
First I have heard that. I have used kerosine as an ingredient in my Ed's Red dunk mix with no ill effects.
Well, only indirectly, and under a certain set of circumstances:
Kerosene acts (among other ways) as a degreaser, stripping your
firearm's metal of most any protective coat of lube, and exposing the
metal to any harsh local elements. Of course, if you habitually lube
the piece after any degreasing action, which is how it's supposed to
be done anyway, then you're all gold.
Kerosene is used precisely for its degreasing and penetrating ability,
attacking tars, carbon fouling, and even loosening up caked-on
metal smears ---heck, kerosene is often used to help strip surface
rust from steel parts.
Kerosene cleans. What it doesn't do is lube the steel,
nor pre-treat-protect the steel vs. oxidation.
"Ed's Red" has kerosene in it, all right... but also has lube included.
Sort of like soaps with moisturizer, or shampoo with conditioner
---the object is to 'strip' clean and also 're-lube' in one go.
In THAT sense, Tuley's warning vs. Ed's Red seems mistaken.
Okay thanks for the info sir horge.