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Old 05-14-2019, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by streeter69 View Post
I wanted to add as there are a lot of coatings out there. My guns are either stainless or blued an have no problem on mine. I think it should be ok with ceramic or other coatings. To me carbon is carbon an seafoam works for me. I have not heard of anyone using it on all these new coatings.
Everyone in this thread is talking about lead buildup in rimfire suppressors. What does a blued or stainless gun have to do with it?
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He suggested that seafoam is a good gun and/or supressor cleaner, but only has stainless and blued guns. He followed up to say he wasn't sure if it would harm more modern coatings.
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Originally Posted by debugger View Post
I was thinking of pouring it on used cat litter and tossing it. Is it really that much worse than patches soaked with hoppes #9 and lead, or flushing a dirty gun out with seafoam? It's not like I'm running a business cleaning supressors.
Yes, it is really that much more toxic. It turns elemental lead into lead acetate which can be absorbed through your skin and put lead into your bloodstream which will just keep building up over the years until you have issues. If you put it in the landfill, it will end up in groundwater and make everyone's kids even more stupid than they are already.

It's not like disposing of elemental lead which you mechanically removed using hoppes and a brush. That is no big deal. Elemental lead is relatively insoluble and quickly forms an oxide coating preventing it from contaminating groundwater.

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Originally Posted by brcarls View Post
Yes, it is really that much more toxic. It turns elemental lead into lead acetate which can be absorbed through your skin and put lead into your bloodstream which will just keep building up over the years until you have issues. If you put it in the landfill, it will end up in groundwater and make everyone's kids even more stupid than they are already.

It's not like disposing of elemental lead which you mechanically removed using hoppes and a brush. That is no big deal. Elemental lead is relatively insoluble and quickly forms an oxide coating preventing it from contaminating groundwater.
I don't think its that big of a deal for such a small amount of lead. Lead acetate is used in hair coloring, so it has been washed down the drains of millions of households in unknown amounts for years. It takes prolonged exposure to be absorbed through the skin, so getting a drop or two on your hands for a minute isn't going to poison you.
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Not all U.S. cleaner are created equal,however Hornadys "One Shot" sonic clean solution works miracles on stainless ( red label ).Do not use on regular steel.Works just as a soak ( no sonic ) just takes longer. Check every hour or 2. Spot check a sample on coating but I'm guessing fine.

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Old 05-14-2019, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by debugger View Post
He suggested that seafoam is a good gun and/or supressor cleaner, but only has stainless and blued guns. He followed up to say he wasn't sure if it would harm more modern coatings.
Thanks, I thought, my post was self explanatory.

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Originally Posted by debugger View Post
I don't think its that big of a deal for such a small amount of lead. Lead acetate is used in hair coloring, so it has been washed down the drains of millions of households in unknown amounts for years. It takes prolonged exposure to be absorbed through the skin, so getting a drop or two on your hands for a minute isn't going to poison you.
It has also been used as an artificial sweetener, so obviously you should dispose of it by mixing into your coffee.

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The dip is the way to go. I let the baffles soak for 24 hours, and they looked out of the box clean with a light brushing and a rinse. I was impressed. It only had about 400 rounds through it, but it looks like it has never been fired.

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