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Need Advice - How To Clean Engraving

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Bucko43, Jan 21, 2012.

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  1. Bucko43

    Bucko43 Well-Known Member

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    I have a K-32 receiver that looks dingy in the engraving. How do I best clean this without damaging the receiver and the engraving?
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  2. halfmile

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    Bon Ami and a toothbrush.

    HM
     
  3. grunt

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    Toothpaste works also.
     
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    Nothing abrasive dont listen to any of the metal cleaner recomendations. To best do this first try paint thinner(mineral Spirits and a hard plastic brisle brush. If that does not work go stronger to laquer thinner acetone or MEK.

    Or you could sell the receiver to me!

    Looks great
    Joe
     
  5. Bucko43

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    Thanks Joe, but it's my new (new to me) model 32 I just bought. Won't be selling it yet, as I haven't even shot it yet...
     
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    If you use laquer thinner, or acetone make sure you remove the stock first. I would remove it regardless. Jon
     
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    Simple Green and a toothbrush.
     
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    Maybe a helpful mechanic friend of yours could dip the action in mineral spirits while the shop's ultrasound cleaning machine did its thing? Don't put in carb cleaner!!!
     
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    I recently cleaned an Ithaca century trap. Lots of little nooks and crannys on it. I found a can of Permatex gasket remover in the garage and thought about trying it. I took it upatairs to my gun room and applied a little on a small area and let it set for about 2 minutes then brushed with a toothbrush. About a half hour later the gun was looking like new. No damage. I did take the stock off just to make sure I didn't do any harm to the wood. Mike.
     
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    Ultrasonic cleaners are getting pretty inexpensive- the larger lyman will hold a receiver- I would consider that

    The toothbrush ideas regardless of what you as a cleaner are about as hard as you want to go

    I would advise that after you get it cleaned on the outside that you go ahead and spray the entire receiver inside and out with brake cleaner

    After a treatment of that- that you then take a can of Rem Oil and spray the insided completely and the outside--- let it drip dry (best to spray it hanging on a coat hanger-- and then blot off the excess oil

    Many people that charge you for cleaning a gun use exactly that method

    Now Barrel Bulgers idea is interesting- on a gun that has a lot of gunk on it - accumulated from over the years- because part of that gunk is going to be dried older generation oil probably--- again I would then spray with brake cleaner and then after dry use Rem Oil

    Regards from Iowa

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    I've already tried placing it in mineral spirits for about an hour and brushing it with a bristle brush. The results are what you see in the photo. I'll try the brake cleaner and a tooth brush next and let you guys know how it came out.

    Thanks,

    Kevin
     
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    Wait- it is silver in color? If so has either been plated with nickled or chromed or nitrided

    you can tarnish the nickle or chrome

    Background is supposed to be darker

    It looks good in the picture- I wouldnt mess with it

    Regards from Iowa

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    Personally I find Never-Dull to be a terrific and completely non-abrasive way to clean metal.

    However, I rather agree with Gene, many engraving jobs on a plated receiver actually have the background darkened (inked in some cases) to bring out the contrast between the stippled background the the scroll/game scenes. The picture you showed doesn't look bad to me....the darker background just highlights the game scenes.

    But...Never-Dull (see line above) will work wonders and not hurt the metal or finish at all.
     
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    Be sure to test solvent type liquids (brake or carb cleaners, acetone, laquer thinner, etc) on your tooth brush prior to applying to gun. Many toothbrush bristles will start to disolve making a sticky mess. Marc
     
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    If you use the Never Dull make sure you wear gloves because it turns black as you use it and you'll play hell getting the black off of your hands ... I use it on lots of metal and it cleans as well as polishes it up nice ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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    Flitz is the best metal cleaner Denny
     
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    Well guys I spent 2 1/2 hours trying different applications on this including brake fluid, oxy clean, TSP, bore stripper and gun cleaner. The only thing that actually removed any of the dullness is the TSP. I mixed up a small amount and let it sit on the receiver for about 5 minutes and then scrubbed with a toothbrush. I thoroughly cleaned it with gun cleaner when I finished cleaning and soaked it well with Rem Oil.

    It's not perfect, but it looks allot better and the definition shows up better now. Thanks for the advice.

    Kevin
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    Looks great!

    Real TSP? Here in two of the wonderful Red states (NY and NJ), the only TSP I can find is "Phosphate Free." Imagine that, phosphate free tri-sodium phosphate. Might as well be blue water.

    We also need to show a photo ID to buy spray paint ... but not to vote.

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    The TSP I have is probably 20 years old and is probably illegal here in Commiefornia. But it worked pretty good. I completely wore out the toothbrush. The EPA will probably come after me if I throw it out in the trash...anybody know how to get finger prints off a toothbrush?
     
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    Looks nice

    Gene
     
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