FAQ – Questions & AnswersCategory: Gun Cleaning FAQHow to clean cosmoline off SKS?
Henry asked 2 years ago
What removes cosmoline?

6 Answers
Olson Staff answered 2 years ago

Cosmoline is a thick, waxy substance designed to protect firearms from rust and corrosion. It can be extremely difficult to remove, especially if it’s been sitting on the gun for a long time. Here are a few tips for cleaning cosmoline off your SKS:

1. Use mineral spirits or paint thinner. Apply liberally to a clean rag and wipe down the entire gun, paying attention to all crevices and hard-to-reach areas. Reapply as needed until the majority of the cosmoline is gone.

2. Rubbing alcohol can also be used, but it’s not quite as effective as mineral spirits or paints thinner. Apply it in the same way as you would the other solvents.

3. If the above methods don’t seem to be working, you can try heating the cosmoline. This can be done with a hair dryer, heat gun, or even by setting the gun in direct sunlight for some time. Once the cosmoline is softened, it will be easier to remove.

4. Once you’ve removed as much cosmoline as possible, it’s time to clean the gun itself. disassemble the gun and clean all parts with a solvent-soaked rag. Be sure to pay special attention to the bore, chamber, and any other areas that come into contact with ammunition.

5. After cleaning, lubricate all moving parts and reassemble the gun. It’s now ready for use!

Jordan Staff answered 2 years ago
If you’re planning on cleaning and restoring an SKS rifle, you’ll need to remove the cosmoline first.
How to clean cosmoline off SKS?
Here’s how to do it:
1. Remove the firearm from its case and make sure that it is unloaded.
2. Using cosmoline removal solvent, apply a generous amount to a clean rag and wipe down the entire firearm. Be sure to pay attention to all of the nooks and crannies – you don’t want any cosmoline left behind.
3. Once you’ve finished wiping down the gun, set it aside and let it sit for a few hours so that the solvent can penetrate deep into the cosmoline.
4. After a few hours have passed, take another clean rag and wipe down the gun again. You should see a significant amount of cosmoline on the rag. Repeat this process until the rag comes away clean.
5. Once you’ve removed all of the cosmoline, you can proceed with cleaning and restoring your SKS rifle.
How to clean cosmoline off SKS?

Cruz Staff answered 2 years ago

Cosmoline is a greasy, oily substance that is used to protect firearms from corrosion. It can be quite difficult to remove, but there are a few methods that can be effective.

1. One method is to simply soak the piece in mineral spirits or a similar solvent for several hours or even days. This will slowly dissolve the cosmoline and make it easier to remove. You may need to use a brush or other tool to help loosen the cosmoline before finally wiping it away.

2. Another method is to heat the cosmoline-coated piece in an oven set to low heat (around 200 degrees Fahrenheit). This will cause the cosmoline to soften and become much easier to remove. Just be careful not to get the piece too hot, as this could damage it.

Once the cosmoline is gone, be sure to clean the piece thoroughly with a solvent or cleaner before using it.

Lewis Staff answered 2 years ago
The best way to clean cosmoline off of your SKS:
1. First remove the magazine and bolt carrier assembly.
2. Next, using a cleaning rod and some rags, lightly wipe away any excess cosmoline from the receiver and internal parts.
3. Once you’ve removed as much cosmoline as possible, reassemble the rifle and apply a thin layer of oil to all exposed metal surfaces. This will help prevent rust and corrosion.

Ivan Staff answered 2 years ago
Applying heat is the best way to remove cosmoline from your SKS. You can use a hair dryer, heat gun, or even a blow torch set to a low temperature. Simply point the heat source at the affected area and hold it there until the cosmoline melts and runs off. Once most of the cosmoline has been removed, you can use a solvent such as mineral spirits or WD-40 to wipe away any remaining residue. Be sure to lube and protect your SKS well after cleaning it, as cosmoline does provide some corrosion protection.

Antony answered 2 years ago

1. One way is to soak the rifle in a hot water and soap solution overnight. This will loosen the cosmoline and make it easier to remove.

2. Also, you can use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat up the cosmoline, which will make it easier to scrape off.

Whichever method you choose, be sure to wear gloves and eye protection, as cosmoline can be nasty stuff!

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