Vinegar

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Ross Smith posted this 28 May 2020

I just bedded my target rifle and I remembered a tip from my bamboo rod making days. Use vinegar to clean up after using epoxy. The stuuf winds up everywhere if I use it, so I need a non-toxic solvent, vinegar. It will dissolve epoxies that aren't set-up.On your hands the work bench and the stock or barrel and action. Vinegar on a paper towel or q-tip and some elbow grease will get it done.

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45 2.1 posted this 28 May 2020

A very good piece of information............. Thanks.

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beltfed posted this 28 May 2020

Yes, vinegar is a standard cleanup "solvent" after using Acraglas bedding compound.

and other epoxy based glues

beltfed/arnie

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mashburn posted this 28 May 2020

That I did not know. Thanks..

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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ray h posted this 28 May 2020

Boy I wish you had posted this last week. Does it take it out of shirts? I get that stuff everywhere.  Thanks for the tip.

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Ross Smith posted this 29 May 2020

Ray: Only if it's still gooey. I might add that brake cleaner works if you are desperate.

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Brodie posted this 29 May 2020

Vinegar works pretty good as a clean up for silicone caulk before it sets.  After it sets use a razor blade.

B.E.Brickey

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porthos posted this 29 May 2020

 i use acetone.  and a piece of copper works and it will not hurt the blueing. just don't use it on a satin or glass beaded finish, it will leave a copper smear

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Wheel Weights posted this 07 June 2020

Also great for cleaning BP rifles

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R. Dupraz posted this 07 June 2020

And BPCR brass 

 

R. 

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Coydog posted this 09 June 2020

Also great for cleaning BP rifles              Would it do anything to the barrel or the finish on the gun?or the brass?

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Shopdog posted this 09 June 2020

Having used GALLONS of epoxy in building trad bows,we always used acetone. It's a little less "reactive" on the wood than vinegar virtue of it's quicker evap rate.

You definitely don't want to breath or handle uncured epoxy,very bad stuff. Grinding it once cured isn't quite as bad but should still be avoided through mainly,proper "dust" management(higher end$$ dust collection systems) but respirators are an expedient. Good luck with your project.

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Ross Smith posted this 09 June 2020

Coydog: Don't know. I used it on my stock just to clean the soft epoxy boogers BEFORE they set up. That was not a sopping wet application, just a moistend rag or qtip. .That was followed by dry rags and qtips. 

I guess if you let nice shiny brass sit in the stuff it would antique it. Never tried it on my bpcr brass. The nice part is the non-toxic feature of vinegar.

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joethereloader posted this 31 January 2021

try maf cleaner by crc wont harm plastic its for mass air flow meters on car

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4and1 posted this 31 January 2021

WD40 works too.

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Dale53 posted this 31 January 2021

Keep in mind that the O P's recommendation to use vinegar is that it's NON-TOXIC. Some perfectly ordinary solvents can be absorbed through the skin and seriously damage your health! A few years ago, a gentleman that I enjoyed sharing posts with (a retired Army Officer, as I remember), was dying of solvent induced health problems.

Recently in the rush for Covid-19 clean up solutions, some companies actually put toxic chemicals on the market for that purpose. Yep, they would clean up things nicely, but could also literally kill you in doing soangry.

Stay safe, folks!

Just a thought or two...

Dale53

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Ross Smith posted this 31 January 2021

Dale53: Yes, even some hand sanitizer has methanol it.

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mashburn posted this 05 February 2021

When I was a kid, I darkened the bore in an old rifle trying to use vinegar as a bore cleaner. Some old timers who were setting around the coal stove at the local country store told me it was a good lead remover. OOPS, now I'm a old timer, I wonder how that happened so quick.

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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Eddie Southgate posted this 06 February 2021

it will very quickly remove the bluing from a brand new PPK when the slaw in your lunch sack leaks after you set it down on top of the PPK laying on your car seat . Takes it right down to white metal in less than three miles . 

Grumpy Old Man With A Gun......Do Not Touch .

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Ross Smith posted this 07 February 2021

AWHGEEZ  And we eat that stuff?

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Dale53 posted this 08 February 2021

Ross;

i suspect your reply is meant to be humorous, but in case someone doesn’t “get it”, vinegar is not a problem eating or drinking, but it absolutely can damage bluing, etc.

Just a thought or two...

Dale53

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