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Old 07-11-2013, 08:53 PM
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Re: Brake cleaner

Good info.
I'll have to check which one I have.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:30 AM
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Re: Brake cleaner

This reminds of the WD-40 fad as a cure all for firearms.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:08 AM
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Re: Brake cleaner

Brake cleaner is as good as it gets for a degreaser. It is so good that you must always oil your gun after using it because it will remove all the oil. I wouldn't consider it anything special for removing anything other than oil. Some types of plastics will crumble or become tacky when exposed to brake cleaner. Same goes for some types of paint and wood finishes. It will also dissolve some types of foam. So use with caution. Also, all brake cleaner isn't the same. Different companies use different formulations.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:40 PM
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Re: Brake cleaner

I use it to degrease reloading dies and also to clean bronze brushes that have been exposed to copper solvents. I may reconsider as FEENIX's links pretty much scared the poop out of me. It certainly won't go anywhere near my welder ...
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:38 PM
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Re: Brake cleaner

If you own Ruger Target pistols like I do, Brake cleaner is a godsend. We call it dunking. Remove the grips (they will turn to goo) and soak the action and barrel and blow dry with comnpressed air. Oil liberally with an aersol oil like Rem-Oil and go shoot.

My die regimen is a douche of brake cleaner and a spritz of One shot after every 50 or so sizings Brass with additional case lube of course. I use RCBS lube and pad btw.

In as much as I don't snort brake cleaner or put it in a paper bag and huff it, I'm not to worried about becoming deceased from using it.

...and as horrible as it is purported to be, I have a quart or two of Carbon Tetrachloride, which is by far the best degreaser/cleaner ever formulated but is very lethal if you breathe it, which again, I don't. Even triple 1 trichlorethylene is better than brake cleaner. It was good for dry cleaners and parts washers until some wiseacre got the idea to snort/huff it and it ate his brain.

Stupid is stupid. Can't help stupid.

So is Anhydrous Amonia and 24D (deadly). It's all about common sense. I use them both all the time.

Amazing what a good huffer/snorter gets high on. Now you have to prove your are 18 to buy spray paint because kids are huffing spray paint. Simply amazing, simply stupid.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:39 PM
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Re: Brake cleaner

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I use it to degrease reloading dies and also to clean bronze brushes that have been exposed to copper solvents. I may reconsider as FEENIX's links pretty much scared the poop out of me. It certainly won't go anywhere near my welder ...
Sorry, it was not my intention to scare anyone other than a fair warning. I did lost a co-worker that his cause of death was linked to the main ingredient of brake cleaners. He was exposed to the chemicals before the company started using respirators and ventilators in the workplace.

The brake cleaner might save some money at the cash register but at what cost to your health uncertainties and others around you? End-users has the ultimate decision to make but face the consequences that goes with it.
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:19 AM
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Re: Brake cleaner

No apology needed! That guy's story could easily be me (or a bunch of folks I know). Weekend warriors who wouldn't think twice about doing what that guy did. That little nugget will go in my long-term "don't ever" memory and is appreciated. Scary stuff.

I will of course continue to huff paint recreationally despite what SCFlip thinks is stoopid. Nothing like a nice relaxing baggie of paint with your wife on the back patio after a long week at work...
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