FAQ – Questions & AnswersCategory: GeneralHow to remove cosmoline?
HTgoy_15 asked 1 year ago
What will dissolve cosmoline?

5 Answers
Ivan Staff answered 1 year ago
Cosmoline is a viscous, oily substance that is used as a rust preventative and preservative. It can be very difficult to remove, and if not removed properly, can cause corrosion and other damage to firearms. Here are some tips on how to remove cosmoline from your firearms:
1. Use warm soapy water. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water and add some dish soap. Soak the affected parts in soapy water for a while to soften the cosmoline. Afterward, use a brush or rag to scrub away the softened cosmoline.
2. Use Brake Cleaner or Mineral Spirits. These chemicals will dissolve cosmoline and make it easier to remove. Simply soak a rag in either chemical and wipe down the affected parts. Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when using either of these chemicals.
3. Use Heat. Applying heat will cause cosmoline to soften and become easier to remove. You can use a blow dryer, heat gun, or even a sunny day to apply heat to the affected parts.
4. Use a Commercial Degreaser. There are many commercial degreasers on the market that are designed to remove cosmoline and other stubborn deposits. Follow the directions on the degreaser of your choice.
5. Use Boiling Water. This method is similar to using warm soapy water, but boiling water will be more effective. Simply fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Carefully submerge the affected parts in the boiling water and let them soak for a while. Afterward, use a brush or rag to scrub away the softened cosmoline.

Cruz Staff answered 1 year ago
The best way to remove cosmoline is with a product specifically designed for that purpose. There are a lot of products on the market, so it’s important to do your research and choose one that will be effective and safe for your particular situation. Many products come in different forms, so you’ll need to decide which form will work best for you. For example, some products come in aerosol gel form, while others come as a liquid. Once you’ve chosen the right product, simply follow the instructions on the package. Some general tips:

  • Cosmoline removal agents can be quite caustic, so it’s important to protect your skin and eyes when using them.
  • Be sure to ventilation when using any kind of chemicals.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Some products may require multiple applications to be effective.

Antony answered 1 year ago
Here are some tips on how to remove cosmoline from your firearm:
Step 1: Clean the surface of the firearm with a solvent-soaked rag. This will help to loosen the cosmoline and make it easier to remove.
Step 2: Apply a generous amount of cosmoline remover to a clean rag and rub it onto the affected areas of the gun. You may need to let the remover sit for a few minutes to loosen the cosmoline.
Step 3: Use a brush or toothpick to remove any remaining cosmoline from small crevices and hard-to-reach areas.
Step 4: Wipe down the firearm with a clean rag to remove any residual cosmoline or solvent.
Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 as necessary until all of the cosmolines has been removed.

Lewis Staff answered 1 year ago

Cosmoline is a protective coating that is often used on metal objects that will be stored for long periods. It prevents rust and corrosion from occurring. However, when you’re ready to use the object, you’ll need to remove the cosmoline first.

Here are a few ways to remove cosmoline:

One method is to heat up the oct with a blow torch or heat gun. The cosmoline will start to liquefy and can then be wiped off easily with a cloth.

You can also soak the object in mineral spirits or paint stripper overnight. In the morning, the cosmoline should be soft enough to wipe away with a rag.

If you don’t have any of these materials on hand, you can try using boiling water. Boil a pot of water and then place the object in it for a few minutes. The heat will cause the cosmoline to soften and you should be able to wipe it away with a cloth.

Once you’ve removed the cosmoline, you can clean the object with soap and water to remove any residue.

We recommend watching a video about removing cosmoline from a SKS:

Jordan Staff answered 1 year ago
Cosmoline is a very tough substance, so it won’t come off easily. Here are a few tips:

  • Use hot water. This will help soften the cosmoline and make it easier to remove. Just be careful not to scold yourself.
  • Use a strong detergent or grease-cutting dish soap. This will help break down the cosmoline and make it easier to remove.
  • Use a stiff brush or scrubber sponge. Something with bristles will help loosen the cosmoline and make it easier to remove.
  • Pour boiling water over the cosmoline. This will soften the cosmoline, but be careful not to splash yourself.

Once you’ve loosened the cosmoline, you can use a cloth or paper towel to wipe it away. You may need to repeat these steps several times to get all of the cosmolines off.