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I’ve been using sprays to hose down my pistols for years now, and while they do work great, it’s expensive. Im thinking of buying a refillable aerosol sprayer and a gallon of CRC brake cleaner.  This sprayer is $20 and the brake cleaner is $21.  Anyone got a better idea?

 

 

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I use mineral spirits in on of those to clean guns.  Also have a small parts washer in my shop with mineral spirits.  expensive cleaners aren't necessary.  

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Brake cleaner is usually 85% acetone if you check the SDS on it. 

 

Acetone works damn well and I think Gallon was $16 at home depot.

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I use the cans of Gun Blaster from Wally World, but me thinks this idea is better.  

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I buy cans of Brake Clean at Walmart. This may be even better. But the spray  can is pretty convenient, and only a couple bucks.

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You're supposed to clean guns? Dang, I learn something new every day!

 

Seriously though, I only do a complete tear down 1 time per year, the rest is a field strip, wipe, & lube every quarter or so. And when I do clean, a can of Brakleen will last a long time.

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If you use an ultrasonic cleaner, you won't lose any of your cleaning solution.

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Personally I like the the brake clean in the spray cans. Can usually find it on sale in the $3 range

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Brake Kleen in a non-aerosol spray bottle would work, but it would add time to the job.  That high pressure aerosol blast REALLY cuts the crud in short order.

 

 

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Brake cleaner is 80-90% acetone.

 

A gallon of acetone from your local big box hardware store’s paint section is under $20. I do a 1-hour soak on anything I want to  cerakote, per their instructions. It’s incredibly helpful if you want a *truly* clean firearm.

 

Take a funnel and tuck a coffee filter into it, then  pour the acetone back into the gallon container when you’re finished.

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no issues with acetone on plastic parts ?

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Used to use brake cleaner in the aerosol cans you can get them on sale sometimes for 1.99 , make sure you use non chlorinated.  However lately I have been using a product called shooter lube solvent.  It’s non hazardous and cleans just as good as the brake cleaner.

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In addition to brake cleaner, I’ve been using crc silicon spray from Walmart 

it cheap, the carrier is acetone and drys quickly and it leaves a coat of silicon behind

the spray isn’t as strong as brake cleaner so there less of a chance of getting blasted by it when it  ricochets off the parts

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