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Old 08-29-2017, 07:45 AM   #1
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Like many folks in the Houston area my uncle has lost all his belongings in the flooding from the hurricane. His question through me from y’all is since his gun safe is under 4 feet of water what can he do to clean up his riffles? He knows as soon as he pulls them out and expose them to air they will flash rust. Any gunsmiths out there who have any advice or anyone of y’all been through this? We’re talking about 80 rifles and pistols. It will be a huge job to get all these cleaned up and oiled.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:48 AM   #2
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There is a gun cleaning company. Going to look them up and let you know. Something to look into anyways with that amount of rifles to clean.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:50 AM   #3
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The Gun Cleaners of Houston.
1022 Wirt Rd, 316
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:55 AM   #4
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I would think if you completely disassemble, dry, and oil them up they'd be fine - other than the wood components.
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:08 AM   #5
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They're rusting now! I would get them out ASAP and get to cleaning them and letting the stocks dry. Or take them to the gun cleaner.


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Old 08-29-2017, 08:11 AM   #6
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I would start hitting them with the green corrosion X, we use it in the salt water while duckhunting they don't get clean for days, We just packed them in the airboat for the week while hunting, and then do a super clean when we get them home. Good luck
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:21 AM   #7
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Thanks. I will let him know. He is trying to get in to his hone. Closed roads and what not. Unsafe conditions. I have 4 uncles, 5 aunts, add several cousins that lost all their belongings. Horrible. Thanks be to god, no injuries or loss of life. Nothing that can't be fixed. Still sucks though.
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:17 AM   #8
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Strip them down. The wood will be saturated. Lay out the so it can dry. I'd suggest spray down metal parts or submerge into wd-40 or some other oil. Then clean normal method. Too bad he didnt have time to pull them out and throw up in attic.
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:26 AM   #9
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I would think if you completely disassemble, dry, and oil them up they'd be fine - other than the wood components.
^^^^^ This works I've been through a flood with my high school rifle team and we had a gun cleaning party and lots of WD-40 was used. They all came out of it just fine.
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:38 AM   #10
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Check this link.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=1...h_Water_Damage
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Old 08-29-2017, 10:08 AM   #11
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Old 08-29-2017, 10:49 AM   #12
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Might head that way to pick some up from him. Got 80 or so to clean.
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:04 AM   #13
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I would think an air compressor would be helpful. That water-repelling oil in the Brownell's article sounds awesome.
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:15 PM   #14
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I would think an air compressor would be helpful. That water-repelling oil in the Brownell's article sounds awesome.
It's probably WD40 but in a different can.
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Old 08-29-2017, 01:14 PM   #15
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I just got off the phone with a gunsmith and they told me to get them out of the safe, wash with fresh water, use an air compressor or hair drier to dry them and then spray with WD40 until we can break them down and do a thorough cleaning.
Then clean them thoroughly and break them down all the way including the stocks off.
Finally reassembling them with gun oil and wipe them down. They will charge between $100-$125 per long gun and $25-$50 per pistol. Gets expensive with talking about 70 or so firearms.
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Old 08-29-2017, 01:34 PM   #16
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I just got off the phone with a gunsmith and they told me to get them out of the safe, wash with fresh water, use an air compressor or hair drier to dry them and then spray with WD40 until we can break them down and do a thorough cleaning.
Then clean them thoroughly and break them down all the way including the stocks off.
Finally reassembling them with gun oil and wipe them down. They will charge between $100-$125 per long gun and $25-$50 per pistol. Gets expensive with talking about 70 or so firearms.

Good info. Keep in mind, if you have a covered claim under your homeowners, they should pay for the contents cleaning.
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Old 08-29-2017, 02:03 PM   #17
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It's probably WD40 but in a different can.
True. The WD in WD-40 stands for water displacement/displacing.
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:08 AM   #18
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A friend of mine's house burned a few years ago.His house was saturated with f.d.water.His gun safe was flooded.
The wood stocked,and synthetic pieces were taken by a restoration co.,along with a few laminate stocked rifles..The laminate stocks weren't back to normal.They swole up.The wood stocks,and plastics still looked new.

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Old 09-02-2017, 11:41 PM   #19
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Like many folks in the Houston area my uncle has lost all his belongings in the flooding from the hurricane. His question through me from y’all is since his gun safe is under 4 feet of water what can he do to clean up his riffles? He knows as soon as he pulls them out and expose them to air they will flash rust. Any gunsmiths out there who have any advice or anyone of y’all been through this? We’re talking about 80 rifles and pistols. It will be a huge job to get all these cleaned up and oiled.


The Gun Cleaners has three locations in Houston to serve you. They are, West Houston, Spring and Deer Park. We all look forward in assisting in any way possible.


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Old 09-03-2017, 02:32 PM   #20
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If you're using WD40, auto parts stores sell it in a gallon can which was about the price of a couple large spray bottles.


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Old 09-03-2017, 04:49 PM   #21
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I just got off the phone with a gunsmith and they told me to get them out of the safe, wash with fresh water, use an air compressor or hair drier to dry them and then spray with WD40 until we can break them down and do a thorough cleaning.

Then clean them thoroughly and break them down all the way including the stocks off.

Finally reassembling them with gun oil and wipe them down. They will charge between $100-$125 per long gun and $25-$50 per pistol. Gets expensive with talking about 70 or so firearms.


Full draw we at The Gun Cleaners can take care of you for half the cost. Buy a membership and you can get 36 Gun cleaned for $600 and the rest would be half off of non member pricing. And it does not matter if it is a long Gun or pistol, with membership. This is why we are here for moments like this.


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Old 09-05-2017, 10:11 AM   #22
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What do you guys at The Gun Cleaners recommend be done before the guns are disassembled and cleaned?


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Old 09-05-2017, 10:36 AM   #23
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Take them apart. Clean. Dry stocks. Put back together.
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:59 AM   #24
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As soon as you take them out of the water you will get flash rusting. Take them apart use air compressor to dry them out. If you have bad rust put it in transmission fluid. That helps break down the rust. Then renee them off dry with compressor again. Then get them to one of our stores. We are more than glad to assist.


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