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Old 08-14-2006, 04:20 PM   #1
 
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CLEANER FOR KIMBER ECLIPSE

What would you guys recommend to clean the finish of a Kimber Eclipse?
I have used Hoppes #9, but I know that it may hurt the black finish.
What have you guys used to clean this firearm?
 
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Old 08-19-2006, 02:23 PM   #2
 
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Cleaner

I have had no problems using Breakfree CLP.
 
Old 03-13-2008, 03:06 AM   #3
 
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cleaners and oils

That makes a great point.
This is my first of many posts on this site for information and/or advise.
I'm not trying to hijack this post, just merely looking to adjust the question he asked.
Are there certain cleaners and oils you should not use on these or any kimber pistols that will harm the finish, and what works best for breakin, oil or grease on the slide?
I just bought a kimber eclipse pro II and dont want to damage anything.
Maybe the answer to this should be a sticky post so no one should ask this again.
Thank you.
Ryan
 
 
Old 03-13-2008, 06:53 AM   #4
 
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Simple Green works well.

After cleaning, I towel dry the pistol and then spray the parts with alcohol, to dissipate moisture, and let it dry. I then use silicone spray on the exterior of blued or stainless guns and rub it in with a finger and then wipe with a clean rag. I use FP-10 on the inside.

If my gun is extra cruddy, I'll spray brake part cleaner to remove the gook from the nooks and crannies. Then use the above process.

The Simple Green is not harmful and smell better than the harsh solvents.
 
Old 03-22-2008, 02:40 PM   #5
 
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I've used Hoppes on mine since I got it 3 or 4 years ago. No problems. I lube it with Break Free.
Hope this helps.
Tom Z
 
Old 06-14-2008, 06:01 PM   #6
 
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Re: CLEANER FOR KIMBER ECLIPSE

Ditto for Hoppe's and BreakFree. No problems with either.
 
Old 06-15-2008, 05:52 AM   #7
 
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Re: CLEANER FOR KIMBER ECLIPSE

If you put BreakFree in a clear container you'll notice that it separates after setting for a while. If I were going to use it I would shake it to make sure it is mixed. If it separates in the bottle, what would make you think it won't separate on the gun?

CLP (cleans lubes protects) will handle most jobs that you have.

Buddy
 
Old 05-21-2010, 09:17 AM   #8
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avoid regular Simple Green on Firearms

Quote:
Originally Posted by buddy_fuentes View Post
Simple Green works well.

After cleaning, I towel dry the pistol and then spray the parts with alcohol, to dissipate moisture, and let it dry. I then use silicone spray on the exterior of blued or stainless guns and rub it in with a finger and then wipe with a clean rag. I use FP-10 on the inside.

If my gun is extra cruddy, I'll spray brake part cleaner to remove the gook from the nooks and crannies. Then use the above process.

The Simple Green is not harmful and smell better than the harsh solvents.
Greetings neighbor!

Submit that 'regular' Simple green is verboten on unprotected [and potentially stressed] aluminum which is chemically sensitive to many common alkaline cleaning agents that can cause hydrogen embrittlement and structural weakening and stress corrosion cracking in the alloy itself.

I'm an advocate of relatively inexpensive table top ultrasonic cleaners but would never clean any aluminum part which will be placed under stress in an ultrasound device with regular Simple Green or with any volatile cleaner/solvent unless the device is explosion proof.

On the other hand, Extreme Simple Green is reportedly non-corrosive, safe for metals, and FWIW meets Boeing Spec D6-17487P for general cleaning of aircraft.
 
Old 05-23-2010, 03:44 PM   #9
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Cleaning problems?????

First, I ain't going to own nothing that I can't clean with Hoppe's Bench Rest and a stainless steel brush. Second, if'n a Kimber can't take that.....shoulda' bought a real weapon! Glocks, S&W M&Ps, Springfield XDs and most quality 1911s I've encountered don't have that problem....all I can say about that!

Seriously though.....

I use Hoppe's Bench Rest on ALL weapons. Generous amounts of oil on friction/contact areas after cleaning.

I use Purple Power in my automotive parts washer.......NOT on any of my weapons.
 
Old 05-23-2010, 05:04 PM   #10
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i use Hoppes #9 ON MY TWO 10MM AND 45 ACP...
 
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