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This is a discussion on shaving cream cleaning within the Maintenance forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Originally Posted by mudpuppy I think it was Burma Shave. man you guys are old what is Burma shave...


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Old June 2nd, 2010, 03:31 PM   #16
 
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I think it was Burma Shave.
man you guys are old what is Burma shave



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Old June 2nd, 2010, 03:40 PM   #17
 
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Okay, you piqued my interest so I did some basic chemistry research on shaving cream. This is some of the information that appeared common to shaving cream “recipe” information:

"Many manufacturers would have us believe that the recipes for shaving cream are carefully guarded secrets. However, the secrecy revolves mostly around the quantities in which standard ingredients are used, and the choice of substitutes for the few ingredients that are variable. A standard recipe contains approximately 8.2 percent stearic acid, 3.7 percent triethanolamine,. 5 percent lanolin, 2 percent glycerin, 6 percent polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate, and 79.6 percent water."

This is the source of the above information.

How shaving cream is made - material, manufacture, making, history, used, processing, procedure, product, industry, Raw Materials, The Manufacturing Process of shaving cream, Quality Control

The ingredients are all pretty benign stuff so:

My question, to any and all that have tried it…

Based on experience, what are the advantages/benefits of using shaving cream over conventional firearm cleaning chemicals? Some are obvious such as safety in handling and breathing fumes but what makes them better cleaners?

I was just curious as to the consensus.

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first off the $$$$$$$$$$$ it is cheap. It does not make my wife complain about the smell. it foams so a little goes a long way. no runy mess. it does not burn your hands like some cleaners do. it fills all the small crevisses. And last ,but not least it actually works. like I said I have tried it and with using my diductive reasoning I could not see what it could hurt as to how some cleaners are very caustic. JUST TRY IT ON SOMETHING AND YOU WILL SEE. I know I am going out on a huge limb and beleive me I do not want to fall off IT DOES WORK.
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Old June 2nd, 2010, 03:42 PM   #18
 
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Shaving cream is a good cleaner for those hard to reach places and many soldiers have used it religiously. The military requires you to keep your rifle clean at all times, so a quick shot of Edge Shave Gel, then when it turns white, let it sit for 4-5 mins, then rinse off, and by golly it is clean. It is a quick solution when time is not on your side.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 06:46 AM   #19
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Thanks!

I appreciate your feedback. I will try it. I won’t start with one of my firearms but I will try it.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 06:54 AM   #20
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man you guys are old what is Burma shave
It’s what you used with your straight razor just before slapping on the Stag and rubbing the Brylcreem through your hair. And who are your calling old?
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This is COOL!! I can shave, clean my gun, and use the can as a long disance target. SWEET!
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It’s what you used with your straight razor just before slapping on the Stag and rubbing the Brylcreem through your hair. And who are your calling old?
man what is a straight razor lol
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Maybe it is just me, but the stuff is almost 80 percent water, I dunno if I wanna leave that sitting on my rifle for any length of time. Especially when it can creep into recesses I can't reach to completely dry out.
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when i was in the military we used shaving cream when the weapon was incredibly dirty or were turning them back in to the armory where they had to be spotless. it works well but as reverndg stated you have to make sure you get it all out and lube very thoroughly (get all the parts not put a lot on) after every thing is dry. if you have trouble getting it out (which can happen) take BOILING water so it evaporates quickly off the metal and use that to remove the shaving cream. you MUST ensure every thing is dry and lube with clp or gun oil as the shaving cream also removes any oil that soaked into the metal over time, like loosing the seasoning on cast iron cook wear. but if you follow those percautions its perfectly safe.
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Maybe it is just me, but the stuff is almost 80 percent water, I dunno if I wanna leave that sitting on my rifle for any length of time. Especially when it can creep into recesses I can't reach to completely dry out.
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when i was in the military we used shaving cream when the weapon was incredibly dirty or were turning them back in to the armory where they had to be spotless. it works well but as reverndg stated you have to make sure you get it all out and lube very thoroughly (get all the parts not put a lot on) after every thing is dry. if you have trouble getting it out (which can happen) take BOILING water so it evaporates quickly off the metal and use that to remove the shaving cream. you MUST ensure every thing is dry and lube with clp or gun oil as the shaving cream also removes any oil that soaked into the metal over time, like loosing the seasoning on cast iron cook wear. but if you follow those percautions its perfectly safe.
As I said after I was done cleaning I rinsed it out with CLP and lubbed with Rem Oil. The reason I tried this CLP would not cut the buildup off my piston or the piston tube on my SR556. I am not or really would not advise any one to use this on the barrel strictly on the camber or gas tubes and ports on a AR or Mini or any auto loader .
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Yeah......

If it works for ya, then keep using it! Ask 2,000 gun guys what they use to clean "X" part on "X" gun and you'll get 2,000 magic formulas and techniques. Just find what works for you and go with it. The a__clown behind the counter at Gander Mt. said he takes his AR-15 into the shower with him to clean it, I told him he has deep issues.......


I tried the shaving cream thing in basic training, because "some guy" said it works, probably someone's dad or granddad told them to use shaving cream to clean their weapon.The shaving cream did OK, but now that I'm a civilian, I'm not gonna throw away my Hoppes, Eezox and Kroil and start cleaning my guns with Barbasol! I love old vets, they have great stories and I have heard more strange stories involving cleaning weapons, from running M1 Garands through dishwashers in the chow hall to pissing on them in the field, to using black coffee to cut corrosive salts, etc. Basically, lessons in quick ways to clean guns that DON'T belong to you! I was guilty of the same thing, it's Uncle Sam's M4 or 240, and it being clean stands in the way of me getting to crawl into my bed after a 30 hour long mission, I would use whatever fluid or method I had to just to get the damn thing clean and get my team or squad leader off my ass for the rest of the day!

I did things to weapons just to get the dust and dirt off of them and "get it done", that just the thought of doing the same to my personally owned weapons would make me wake up in cold sweats.
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