Another use for red & tacky

creosote

Active Member
#1
If anyone has tried cleaning a rimfire supprrseor, they know how bad the carbon/ lead build up gets.
Some of them can be run wet.
This gave me the idea to try different greases to coat the inside to make cleaning easer and ? Run quieter ?
Lucus red & tacky worked the best from my limited garage stock on hand.
I use the same amount as the recommended "wet" use. Just paint every nook and cranny of the inside.
Almost a wipe "n" re-grease. No more soak n scrub for three days.
I haven't heard anyone doing this, and haven't contacted the manufacturer, but it had worked for me for at least 3000 quiet rounds.
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
#2
Has anyone tried the Ester 100 AC oil for cleaning stuff like this? It tends to be very "solventy" so I wonder how it would work.
 

Ian

Well-Known Member
#5
I have. The ester flashes off after a few rounds and does nothing. For cleaning, acetone and transmission fluid are about the only soaking agents that did any good for me, and no that good actually. Stainless-steel pins, soapy water, and a rock tumbler are the best "easy" cleaning method, but only works for SS and Titanium parts, and can be tough on fine threads. Ultrasonic cleaners are supposed to be good but there's some limitation with putting Titanium parts in them if I remember right. An answer should be easy with a simple internet query. The polybutene overload in Lucas grease is what makes it sticky and sounds like a fine solution to the problem. Also very inexpensive and I'm sure helps with the tone.

As an aside, for coating center-fire suppressor parts that will see only sub-sonic loads I've found nothing better than steeping them in smoking-hot DOT 5 silicone brake fluid for an hour or so, then painting them with 3M silicone dielectric compound (really sticky grease made from heavy silicone oil thickened with fumed silica). High-pressure rifle cans are more or less self-cleaning due to the violent pressures and turbulence inside.
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
#6
I remember some 'silencers' that used a wire mesh in them as an insert and part of the deal was greasing them up.
it helped the can run cooler and also quieter.
most of what I seen, the guy's were doping up the mesh with a number-1 assembly type grease.