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Cosmoline Removal - Painted Surfaces
#1
Cosmoline - that wonderful, smelly, preserver of all things steel.

I've cleaned up a Cosmoline caked SKS in the past, so I'm generally familiar with the various methods of removal, but I'm now looking to get it off of some accessories, and I'm wondering...

What's the best way to get the stuff off of painted surfaces without harming the finish?


I picked up a set of accessories that include a magazine, bayonet, and grenade launching spigot for an AK47.
When I cleaned my SKS, I use mineral spirits. (paint thinner)
I was hoping there was a better way so I don't ruin the finish on the mag and the bayonet.

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Any first hand experience? Huh
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#2
I think mineral spirits would be your best bet. It shouldn't harm the paint.
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#3
Kitty litter is what I have used in the past. It soaks up alot of it if you use some heat. I would normally put the stuff in a black garbage bag out in the sun.

Once that was done, paper towels and warm water, and then a light coating of oil to prevent any rust.

I will warn you, the kitty litter might make the mag gritty until it is torn down, and cleaned out completely.
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#4
Any other thoughts on this?

I may have time to clean them up tomorrow.
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#5
HEY!

Yeah you.

Don't MAKE me go post this on pafoa in order to get an answer!










Big Grin
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#6
Well, I guess if you wanna know how to can 55 gallon drums of powdered beef jerky, and rewire a generator to run off of fish meds, this is the place.

I'll try elsewhere.

Tongue
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#7
Use some hoppe's with a soft brissel brush, it should scrub right off.
arjohnson, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#8
arjohnson;54015 Wrote:Use some hoppe's with a soft brissel brush, it should scrub right off.

It's everywhere. I haven't even tried pulling the bayo from the sheath because your hand gets glued to anything you touch.

I don't think wiping it will work. Looking like a soak is needed, but wasn't sure what to use.
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Emptymag;54016 Wrote:
arjohnson;54015 Wrote:Use some hoppe's with a soft brissel brush, it should scrub right off.

It's everywhere. I haven't even tried pulling the bayo from the sheath because your hand gets glued to anything you touch.

I don't think wiping it will work. Looking like a soak is needed, but wasn't sure what to use.

Try simply green with warm water.
arjohnson, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#10
What I have used...and I'm sure some with disagree with me but...
I have used automotive brake cleaner, it flashes off fast, leaves no residue and will remove cosmo from every nook & cranny.
Make sure to properly reclean with hoppes when done. It may look like you ruined the finish at first (it'll be grayish) but it only because all oil on the part is gone.
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