What Solvents Are OK to Clean a Glock?

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  1. Markasaurus

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    I use automotive brake cleaner or carb cleaner to flush out my guns after shooting. I own a 26, is using this spray cleaner stupid? It doesn't seem to affect the plastic no discoloration, but am i screwing it up?
    Why do i use this product: brake cleaner = $3 for 16 oz at walmart, gun scrubber = $11/10 oz?!

     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fx0-hMFako

    I do that, (hoppe's solvent and oil) minus the grease in the rails. I might start doing light grease in the rails soon, but what I do works for now. Only place that gets solvent is the bore. Everything metal that's not the bore gets wiped with a clean dry rag, then wiped with an oiled rag until the oiled part of the rag stops turning color, then wiped with a dry rag again. Then I lube according to the manual with hoppe's oil. Anything polymer I clean with a clean dry rag or patches. Detail stripping, I use rubbing alcohol and let it dry before re-assembly.
     
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    You can find a fouling blaster type product that runs about the same cost and is better for your firearms non metal parts. I use CLP or M-pro 7 for best results.

    Definately watch what you use that brake cleaner on.
     
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    CLP or Hoppes either one will do just fine.
    Regards
    DW
     
  6. Glocked and Loaded

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    Brake cleaner is still pricey, Also I would not suggest using it in a close space. Like in a house. I use Rubbing Alcohol(highest percent). It cleans very well and dries very fast. A little blow on it and it dries almost instantly.
    I detail strip and clean every part after every use.
    I lube it with Remoil.
     
  7. JBnTX

    JBnTX Ecclesiastes 12:13

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    It's NOT a good idea to clean any firearm with Brake Cleaner. Simply
    because it's for cleaning brakes, NOT guns. Do you clean brakes with gun
    cleaner? The long term effects of such cleaners on polymer is not known.

    Under normal use, it's not necessary to use such a harsh cleaner on any firearm.
    Same thing goes for routine and excessive detail stripping.
     
  8. MarkCO

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    Gun Scrubber is essentailly Brake Parts cleaner. However, make sure to use the Non-Chlorinated variety and use outdoors. The long term effects are known. It is a harsh solvent though and you should use caution. As for alcohol, as opposed to BPC which leaves NO residue at all, it does leave a slight residue and will dry out most polymers.
     
  9. Scott in Houston

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    I agree. Alcohol should be used on metal parts only.
     
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    What he said.
     
  11. Markasaurus

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    Alcohol is a good cleaner and very cheap too. And i might switch to that. But you cant blow dirt out the gun under pressure with it i don't think - also doesn't rubbing alcohol contain lanolin?
     
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    MPro 7 on the frame and slide and CLP on the barrel. I clean my gun after every range trip so it doesn't require anything more than that. When Im detail stripping the slide to clean it, I use a q-tip with alcohol.
     
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    Ah, I was wondering about this but had never had any confirmation. Looks like I won't be using alcohol in the firing pin channel when detail stripping anymore because of the channel liner.
     
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    Unless you clean your firing pin channel a lot, I wouldn't worry about it. Considering you likely detail strip the slide every thousand or more rounds, it shouldn't be an issue.
     
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    How often should a Glock be cleaned. I shoot twice a week and its a chore to clean (field strip and clean/lube) between the shoots. Am I overdoing it??

    Cheers :cheers:
    Sandy
     
  16. JBnTX

    JBnTX Ecclesiastes 12:13

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    If you shoot twice a week, then giving it a good thorough cleaning once a week should be sufficient,
    provided the gun hasn't gotten wet or otherwise exposed to a hostile environment.

    If I shot twice a week every week, I'd clean once a month whether they needed it or not.
    But, that's just me.
     
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    I do not use solvents to clean... other than the bore. Glocks are extremely rugged and resilient firearms... check this out...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj5Kcs4dzro

    However... I do clean my pistolas quite frequently.
     
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    ANY FIREARMS SOLVENT. or just Hot water and dish soap
     
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    Hoppe's or Ballistol
     
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    While this is true in the general sense, I'd be kind of cautious about using brake cleaner since those manufacturing brake cleaner may have substituted less expensive, but dissimilar equivalents that may cause harm to the various polymers in use in our firearms.

    While the manufacturer of a gun-specific spray cleaner marketed as being "Polymer Safe" will most likely have an eye towards making sure that such a formulaic substitution will pose no risk of damage to our guns and their polymer components, a manufacturer of a "similar" spray cleaning product for use in the automotive market might not be so concerned.