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Cleaning receiver

Postby hihaven » Fri May 15, 2020 10:04 pm

Will soaking the receiver in acetone for a good cleaning harm the original case coloring ? Thanks Jeff
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Re: Cleaning receiver

Postby Fox20obsessed » Tue May 26, 2020 7:23 pm

Jeff,
I use mineral spirits, never had any issues as far as the case colors.
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Re: Cleaning receiver

Postby hihaven » Tue May 26, 2020 10:03 pm

Matt, Thanks for your help.
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Re: Cleaning receiver

Postby Fox20obsessed » Wed May 27, 2020 9:23 pm

You are very welcome Jeff. Not to say acetone wouldn’t work as well, but I can’t say as far as whether or not it would harm the case colors. Both of my mentors used plain old mineral spirits so I just stuck with that. Been toying around with the idea of buying one of those new fangled super sonic jewelry cleaners so I could just drop the parts in and walk away, but I try to do this stuff on the cheap and the spirits do the trick...
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Re: Cleaning receiver

Postby vaturkey » Thu May 28, 2020 10:54 am

Falling into the FWIW, category. Dan Rossiter uses a ultra sonic cleaner. Strips everything throw it in the cleaner with I believe Simple Green 50/50 mixture with water. Pulled them out and then dries them off good and then puts the gun back together with the appropriate amount of oil where required.
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Re: Cleaning receiver

Postby Brian Dudley » Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:55 am

I do not think that Acetone will harm metal finishes. But I cannot say that I have soaked parts in it for any extended period of time. I know that Mineral Spirits, Denatured alcohol and Lacquer thinner have no effect on metal finishes.
To fully clean actions I fully disassemble them and ultrasonic clean the major parts that have metal finishes on them in a solution of distilled water and the cleaning granolas that Harbor freight sells for ultrasonic cleaners. All of the small parts soak overnight in a can of automotive carb/parts cleaner and are then rinsed in water.

I never put assembled components and springs into he ultrasonic. I have heard of too many examples of flat springs wanting to break in ultrasonics.
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Re: Cleaning receiver

Postby Stan Hillis » Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:50 pm

vaturkey wrote:Falling into the FWIW, category. Dan Rossiter uses a ultra sonic cleaner. Strips everything throw it in the cleaner with I believe Simple Green 50/50 mixture with water. Pulled them out and then dries them off good and then puts the gun back together with the appropriate amount of oil where required.


Does he not rinse the parts with clean water after the 50/50 cleansing? Some of these high strength cleaners take considerable rinsing with clean water to remove all traces of them. They do their job well but they are tough to get rinsed off sometimes.

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Re: Cleaning receiver

Postby hihaven » Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:57 pm

Thanks for the replies, I think acetone is in lacquer thinner. I will play it safe and buy some mineral spirits to soak receiver in since the main springs are in it.
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Re: Cleaning receiver

Postby vaturkey » Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:04 am

Stan Hillis wrote:
vaturkey wrote:Falling into the FWIW, category. Dan Rossiter uses a ultra sonic cleaner. Strips everything throw it in the cleaner with I believe Simple Green 50/50 mixture with water. Pulled them out and then dries them off good and then puts the gun back together with the appropriate amount of oil where required.


Does he not rinse the parts with clean water after the 50/50 cleansing? Some of these high strength cleaners take considerable rinsing with clean water to remove all traces of them. They do their job well but they are tough to get rinsed off sometimes.

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Not sure. Imagine he does using distilled water, but never asked. He has done a fair amount of stripping and cleaning for me over the years.
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Re: Cleaning receiver

Postby Mike of the Mountain » Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:25 am

I use an ultrasonic cleaner too. I use the Lyman. 50/50 mix of water and Simple Green. There really is little to no residue left on the parts after cleaning. If you want to I'd suggest using a gun cleaner that you normally se to wipe down your gun after shooting. That should suffice to remove any bit of residue and add the protective coating to the clean steel.

Best part of using the ultrasonic cleaner is how little time it takes for the unit to clean any parts you need done. I even drop in the entire bolt carrier group of a MSR and it comes out squeaky clean. My next step is to buy one of the larger units that can hold a shotgun barrel or rifled action.
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