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Old 08-27-2012, 17:59   #1
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Cleaning Mini

On another thread about cleaning the bolt, someone recommended using carburator cleaner for cleaning. I was on my way out the door to walmart to get some when I remembered that I had a case of fuel injector cleaner in the garage which is probably the same stuff. I decided to try that instead but couldn't figure out how to apply it, especially to the small crevices and holes. I decided to drill out the nozzle of an old plastic spray bottle and inserted the straw from an old WD40 can into the hole. I made the hole slightly smaller diameter than the straw to give it a snug fit so it wouldn't come out. It worked like a charm, so I squirted the fuel injector cleaner into the piston hole and all around the gas block. I couldn't believe how the carbon dissolved with almost no scrubbing. I then sprayed the receiver, op rod, and barrel with it and everything came out shining. My 25 year old 183 SS now looks like new. I'm going to try it on my revolvers and 10/22's now.
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I use carb cleaner, too.

Works great.

Just be careful not to spray it on certain plastics. Some will discolor, some will dissolve.
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I've been using carb cleaner for years. I'm kind of a lazy guy looking for the next short cut. kwg
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Originally Posted by kwg020 View Post
I've been using carb cleaner for years. I'm kind of a lazy guy looking for the next short cut. kwg
Lazy + Effective = Efficient

I made another spray bottle for WD40 and bought a gallon can to save money. I still like to rinse everything off with it before wiping it off and oiling/greasing. I don't know what the cleaner will do if left in the gun for a long period especially now that I've learn about it's possible effect on some plastics. Don't flame me for using WD40, but I find it is effective in displacing not only water, but also old oil, grease, solvent and loose dirt as well prior to lubing.
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Carb cleaner works good but keep in mind it also strips all the oil from metal. So be sure to oil all the parts you clean with carb cleaner. You can give the gas port a shot of breakfree and it will keep it clean. If you are a reloader stick powder burns very clean ball powder is another story.
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