How to Prevent Damaging Your Gun With Ultrasonic Cleaning

[easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B004QUKJQ0″ cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”ultrasonicguncleaner-20″]When using an ultrasonic’s to clean your firearms, one should always consult your unit manufacturer for information and instructions on what can or cannot be cleaned within that specific cleaner.  All products vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, with each promoting their own cleaning solutions, and possessing different heating elements and temperatures.

That being said, typically, ultrasonic cleaning is safe for all kinds of different components and materials.  One should caution however, that although ultrasonic cleaning will not affect the deep integrity of your firearm, it is possible for it to damage or taint the surface. This is especially true with extended exposure to cleaning solutions.

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As for other parts such as grips and sights, instructions will also vary from company to company. For the most part, clean steels, anodized aluminum, and hard polymers are safe to use inside cleaners. This also goes for blued and stainless steel firearms. Most cleaners should not be used on non-anodized aluminum or other non-ferrous metals. There are some cases of modifications such as sights are safe as well, but we would say experiment at your own risk.  One should remove soft polymer, rubber, or plastic parts such as grips and the like. Wood, pearl, and other exotic materials should also be avoided.

Again, if you are concerned about a peculiar gun part, we would say consult your manufacturer first, and clean at your own risk.

As mentioned in a previous article, some ultrasonic kits come with lubricating solutions which are meant to be used after their wash treatments. If your kit does have one included, just follow the instructions properly and you should be fine. If your kit does not include any lubricating solutions, proper corrosion protection should be done. Equipment should be air-dried and oil regularly to prevent any long term corrosion issues.

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