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Denatured Alcohol ?
« on: February 24, 2017, 05:21:59 PM »
ok,  let me preface this a bit.

I've been a handgun shooter for decades.  A cop for 31 years, a Glock armorer for 16.

My relatively new Glock armorer just announced that we need to be using denatured alcohol to clean our Glocks, because if we don't, he won't be responsible for the barrels pitting.

my first reaction was WTF ?

so, I do a little on line research, and find all kinds of posted crud about using off the shelf stuff, auto parts cleaners, isopropyl or denatured alcohol, etc, etc.   
common theme appears to be, guys that are to cheap to buy a good gun cleaner.

so,  comments ?  recommendations ? 

because my gut response is to throw his alcohol away and tell him to stick to the good stuff, such as Hoppe's #9 and MPro-7.



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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #1 on: February 24, 2017, 05:25:51 PM »
    Use the regular gun cleaner, it is fine.
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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #2 on: February 24, 2017, 05:35:04 PM »
    has he been sampling his product?  :whistle
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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #3 on: February 24, 2017, 05:40:19 PM »
    well that would explain a few . . . . . .



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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #4 on: February 24, 2017, 05:49:23 PM »
     :shocked Alcohol has the opposite effect of lubricant/oils.

    I'd take Rem oil over denatured alcohol.

    I think you have the right idea, just clean with a gun cleaner: Hoppes #9, frog lube, CLP, ballistol, M-pro 7, whatever.

    I wouldn't touch my gun with alcohol of any sort. Tell him to educate himself, check his armourer privilege, and to stop mansplaining to you how to care for your departments guns  :P.
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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #5 on: February 24, 2017, 06:30:02 PM »
    I prefer M-Pro 7 for regular cleaning, and Breakthrouth Clean for hard carbon. I would much rather have a good cleaner that is built to clean the fouling in a gun. I've found out, as have many, that you get what you pay for. I would rather spend money on a quality product than waste money on something that most likely won't do a good job.
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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #6 on: February 24, 2017, 06:52:09 PM »
    I think his Wife cut him off from alcohol; and he is trying a new excuse to come home smelling of alcohol. 
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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #7 on: February 24, 2017, 09:23:03 PM »
    Denatured alcohol is good for starting to strip old lacquer and varnish finishes from wood gun stocks.  That's my only gun-related use for it.
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    « Reply #8 on: February 24, 2017, 11:28:43 PM »
    Replace him he has his head in rectal defilade.


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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #9 on: February 24, 2017, 11:35:02 PM »
    My Glock barrel cleaning consists of a blast of Breakfree and a few passes of a Boresnake.

    Agreed that alcohol is for people too cheap to buy a regular cleaner. It probably doesn't hurt, but I'd still run an oiled patch and a dry patch through afterwards.


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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #10 on: February 25, 2017, 01:05:27 AM »
    I've used it to clean the fouling off my WML lens and clean the tritium  sight vials. Never in the barrel. I've never heard of a Glock barrel pitting.


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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #11 on: February 25, 2017, 12:30:02 PM »
    Old school hoppes #9 for me for solvent.  Granted, I am a fan of mobile 1 for lube, but recently I came into a supply of Slipstream Styx, so I will be using that for a while.

    If I were to look at a "cheap" solvent, I would mix up a batch of Eds Red. http://www.frfrogspad.com/homemade.htm
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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #12 on: February 25, 2017, 12:46:35 PM »
    Alcohol is hygroscopic. It absorbs water out of the air. It's exactly what you don't want.

    It's one of the only ways I can think of that might actually cause pitting in a barrel, next to scrubbing everything in salt water.

    Not cleaning at all would be much preferred.
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    Re: Denatured Alcohol ?
    « Reply #13 on: February 25, 2017, 01:46:53 PM »
    Old school hoppes #9 for me for solvent.  Granted, I am a fan of mobile 1 for lube, but recently I came into a supply of Slipstream Styx, so I will be using that for a while.

    If I were to look at a "cheap" solvent, I would mix up a batch of Eds Red. http://www.frfrogspad.com/homemade.htm
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    I actually believe it's better than any of the commercial products out there, 

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