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Old 08-24-2010, 09:16 PM
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I bought an SKS at a gun show and it's still coated in sticky cosmoline. What is the best/easiest way to remove it?

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Old 08-24-2010, 09:35 PM
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Car wash. Hot cycle and suds. Second choice for me is Simple Green and hot water in a trash can. What nationality SKS followed you home?
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1.give the wife a gift cert to the nail salon.
2. When wife is gone place the disassembeld weapon into the dish washer on the pots and pan cycle.
3. Have a nice cold adult beverage
4. remove weapon from dish washer and allow to dry for a few days, Oil any metal parts to keep from rusting
5. ?
6. PROFIT!!!
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i've restored a SKS 3 mauser 2 mosin
remove all metal from stock
use MEK or CLP to clean metal parts
i used boiling water on the wood
using hot water removes the stain and opens up the pores of the wood so allow to air dry then sand and restain
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Heat. Either a heat gun or boiling water.
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I soaked by WASR down good with Breakfree CLP, and left it outside on the back deck all day in the sun, muzzle down on a shop towel.
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Mineral spirits works great.
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A couple of good ideas here.

http://www.www.surplusrifle.com/shoo.../cosmoline.pdf

I've cleaned a few rifles that were covered with the stuff, my advice is be patient, lots of elbow grease, attention to detail and few cold beers will help get the job done.

Don't neglect inside the barrel before shooting!

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I've used a bunch of different methods over the years. But the simplest by far is simply take the parts down to the nearest coin op carwash and pressure blast them clean. You can do that in minutes without all the soaking and elbow grease that the other methods require.
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If you are good buddies with a car mechanic, have him bring your parts into work and soak them in the parts washer for 15-20 min. Job done.

One hint, don't put the wood in! At least not for long.
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1.give the wife a gift cert to the nail salon.
2. When wife is gone place the disassembeld weapon into the dish washer on the pots and pan cycle.
3. Have a nice cold adult beverage
4. remove weapon from dish washer and allow to dry for a few days, Oil any metal parts to keep from rusting
5. ?
6. PROFIT!!!
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i'd use mineral spirits and then followed by heat in those "hard to reach areas."
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Mineral spirits works great.
This is what I used on my Mosin Nagant, it worked great.
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Easy Off oven cleaner.
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a good scrub with gasoline in open air.
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Thanks veggi glad you liked it. It seams we check out many of the same forums
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Mineral spirits works great.
Make use its not mineral oil MINERAL SPIRITS or you will have a mess
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One of my friends is a gun dealer and hey was buying a load of sks's from another guy and he told my friend he fired them all and they chacked out. My friend looked down the barrel of one and said you didnt fire this one its full of cosmoline. The guy turns aound and grabs a shell out of a drawer and sticks the muzzle out the door next to them and fire it. I blows the cosmoline all over my friend. I guess that worked. I had a few sks' and thought about using it for a boat anchors. That would get the stuff off too.
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One of my friends is a gun dealer and hey was buying a load of sks's from another guy and he told my friend he fired them all and they chacked out. My friend looked down the barrel of one and said you didnt fire this one its full of cosmoline. The guy turns aound and grabs a shell out of a drawer and sticks the muzzle out the door next to them and fire it. I blows the cosmoline all over my friend. I guess that worked. I had a few sks' and thought about using it for a boat anchors. That would get the stuff off too.
That's absolutely idiotic. That's the best way I can think of to blow a gun up and injure or kill not only the shooter, but those around him. That's one person that I would instantly and permanently disassociate myself with.
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I've seen hundreds of "how do I remove cosmoline" threads over the years. They are invariably filled with suggestions involving heat, soaking, solvents and elbow grease.

Try the coin op carwash and you'll get a kick out of these threads too.
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I know some folks are okay with hot water or dishwasher method but I really prefer mineral spirits especially when you're dealing with wood and such
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