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Old June 22nd, 2016, 04:38 AM   #1
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Question - Break Free Powder Blast

Hello Group,

Has anyone tried this gun cleaner spray called BREAK FREE POWDER BLAST (Very similar to automotive brake parts cleaner spray) on their Polymer gun? So far I have only used it once on my M&P Shield. I sprayed the inside and outside of the slide (equipped with Tritium Night sights) and also very conservatively on the inside top of the frame trying to avoid getting any on the outside of the grip or trigger areas. I did not see any visible signs of damage 'melting or de-forming' of the plastic parts but am kinda scared to go crazy spraying this stuff all over my gun. I understand that this stuff "CAN" damage plastic but I have not experienced any so far. I am curious if anyone uses this stuff on their Polymer gun on a regular basis without any damage issues. I am curious to know how toxic/dangerous this stuff is to Polymer.

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Old June 22nd, 2016, 11:55 AM   #2
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I haven't looked at the product, but here's the rule of thumb, look for a prominent label saying its safe on all polymer pistol frames, if you don't see that, don't use it on a polymer framed gun.

Hopefully all cleaning sprays will be polymer safe by now, but don't take any chances, if the label doesn't clearly say its safe, DON'T USE IT!

A few years ago I heard of several polymer frames damaged by using the wrong chemical, including some spray gun cleaners, IMHO don't take a chance, its too expensive to mess up.

Another thing DO NOT USE LOCTITE around a polymer frame gun, LOCTITE contains some chemicals that can damage some plastics, the damage they do ruins the frame, makes it unsafe to use, they do make a special plastic safe Loctite now, it is very clearly marked as such.
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 11:55 AM   #3
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I've cleaned the 9L that I use in competition with it nearly exclusively. With a conservative estimate of somewhere around 35,000 rounds through that gun in the 8 years I've owned it... it's been cleaned with it a lot.

Hasn't hurt it yet.

Go nuts.

Some brake cleaners can bleach the polymer frame white, but not this stuff.
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 12:05 PM   #4
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I notice something in ALL CAPITOL letters under WARNINGS!

This product is a powerful solvent, DO NOT APPLY TO RUBBER OR PLASTIC GRIPS OR PARTS.

In other words, if this damages any plastic parts like the frame, we won't pay for any damages, you accept all liability.
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Usual disclaimer, and it's true (I'm not a politician), I don't work for the following company or receive any compensation from them. I'm merely a full retail paying customer; a very happy one, and I'm a curmudgeon and not very easy to impress.

If you want a product that will flush out gunk, try ProLix. Buy a quantity and put it in a lidded container. I use a lidded food container from the supermarket. Soak away to your hearts content. Then I use a fairly large artists brush to brush away the crud. On really stubborn crud on barrel breech I do use a toothbrush or brass brush but I only soak for a few minutes at most; a longer soak might work better for that area. Rinse it off in the same pool of ProLix, allow to drip off, and ultimately air dry. Reclaim the drippings and put them back in the container. The firearm is now clean, lubed (it dries to a dry lube as slick as grease), and protected*. It's safe on everything including wood and polymer and non-toxic; safe on you too.

I do remove my micro red dot sight before the slide goes into the soak.

If I think my trigger group needs a more forceful flush I have a spray bottle with ProLix and I'll spray the parts and allow it to go drip into the lidded container. I also have a false bottom in the container so that the heavy particles settle out. I've used the same quantity of ProLix now for almost a year and it's still going strong, and I clean my gun after every match. It's expensive initially, but I've never found a better way to clean a gun and I've been cleaning guns for over 50 years. Every time I use the stuff I marvel at how easy and fast it is to use.

It's great for mags too. Just dunk and slosh them around, let them drip, and they dry in loose storage. That results in a dry lubed mag ready for competition and more range sand.

* In actual practice I just let the parts drip, then I reassemble the gun and wipe off the outside. It'll dry internally in a few days while it's assembled. It might ooze a bit at first, but much less than you'd think and a tissue takes care of the little bit of oozing.

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