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Posted: April 28 2018 at 10:07am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Now I've used Windex or Fantastic to clean BP revolvers
as well as Ballistol mixed with water but always used
conventional cleaners for smokeless weapons. But y'all
know me; a cheap old coot that's fanatical about cleaning
weapons. So.....

A few days ago I took a chance.

I mix up a cleaning solution for around the house from a
VERY inexpensive product. "Fabuloso" multi purpose
cleaner. Made in Mexico and sells here for a dollar a
liter. Mix a little with water in a spray bottle and
you've got a really low cost reliable household cleaner.
Dynamite on floors too.

When I came in from shooting my 45 Colt open top I broke
it down and went for my own blend of cleaner. Then I
thought "Why not see if Fabuloso can cut the carbon.
Using good bullets so no lead. Go for it." Thus I ran a
patch through the bore with Fabuloso and carbon and
powder fouling came out quick. Same with the chambers of
the cylinder. Fast and effective. The second patch was a
dry one. It came out clean! Two passes in the cylinder as
it always gets worse filth, but it too came clean fast.
Carbon on the barrel and frame disappeared with one
swipe. Wow... Dried my weapon and reassembled it after
oiling up with 0w-20 Mobil 1.

Two days later I broke the weapon down to see if there
were any more signs of carbon. Wet patches of my gonzo
cleaner pulled out zero traces of carbon or residual
fouling. I was tickled to see that too. Good 'ole
Fabuloso did the trick.
Now it won't do diddly squat to copper or lead fouling,
but as a carbon cutting formula, it's a killer! Just as
fast as my carefully blended cleaner I blend from polar
and non-polar oils and solvents, yet costs pennies to
make. Pretty slick I thought.

Its imported and distributed by Colgate-Palmolive so I
reckon I'll still be able to get it if the wall goes up.


I've got oodles of cleaners but none so dog gone
affordable as this. So.... íViva Los Fabuloso!

Edited by Old Ranger on April 28 2018 at 10:09am


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Posted: April 29 2018 at 7:29am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Our local Dollar General (I am growing fond of those little stores of late) has that Fabuloso cleaner by the shelf full, I didn't pay much attention to it, but noticed it the other day.

I honestly don't use much besides Ed's Red for a long time. I made a gallon up a few years ago and it's just about out now, time to make up some more. If this Fabuloso is a good degreaser, though, I can sure think of other things I'd use it for besides guns.

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Posted: April 29 2018 at 8:50am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yes sir, my main cleaner is similar with kerosene removed
and Kano Kroil replacing it. The former is a non-polar
solvent whereas Kroil oil is a polar solution. Having two
polar and two non-polar ingredients it allows a more
balanced action for deeper cleaning with the lifting
action of the solvent based liquid's evaporation.

But back to the topic here..

Fabuloso gets busy on filth and grungy stuff. Cleans
tires, floor mats, engine grime, and such on cars.
Doesn't eat paint on household walls but lifts that micro
film cooking vapor deposits they get. And other cleaning
in the latrine as well.

I was just surprised it grabbed the carbon off my 45 Colt
like it did. After all I was just experimenting and had
my regular cleaner at hand if it all crapped out on me.


Another thing I've been doing is wrapping precut paper
towel patches onto bronze brushes with Fabuloso sprayed
on. Super fast cleaning and the brush penetrates the
paper for a good scrub with the paper towel patches
grabbing the filth that's removed. Fantastic inside
revolver chambers in the cylinder pulling crud out
quick..

Granted this is nothing new, but bears reporting here as
someone may find it useful as I do.

Edited by Old Ranger on April 29 2018 at 8:54am


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Posted: April 29 2018 at 9:43am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Not to change the subject too much, but does the substitution of Kroil instead of kerosene make it remove leading? I don't get leading much, but it didn't seem like Ed's Red in its pure formula would do it, so I keep a little Hoppes #9 around.

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Posted: April 29 2018 at 10:56am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yes it does. Kroil, like ATF, are polar solutions. They
are attracted to the metal. Thus seeping into and under
lead and copper. Acetone and mineral spirits are non-
polar. They attack carbon and such, but are not attracted
to metal, yet work with the polar compounds when
evaporation occurrs lifting dirt and carbon away from the
metal and allows it to be suspended in the polar
compounds for removal.

Kerosene, when blended into the original Ex's Red, allows
three non-polar compounds to only one polar, the ATF. I
have found that in most cases this 3:1 ratio is
sufficient for most fouling, but lacks the penetration of
greater polar compound. Thus the removal of kerosene and
the introduction of Kroil to get deeper into the metallic
fouling. The second polar compound in the mix allows for
faster and deeper seepage into the minute space of the
fouling and the bore. In essence, it lifts it better
while the non-polar agents are also lifting it all as
they rise to the surface and evaporate.

Hope that explains it a bit.

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Posted: April 29 2018 at 12:08pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I have been told that 50/50 ATF and acetone is the best penetrating oil there is. No idea if it's really true.

Kroil is kinda pricey, but I guess if it was only a third of the final amount, a can of it would go a long way.

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Posted: April 29 2018 at 3:01pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Acetone would evaporate before it got into anything
leaving the ATF to do the work. Remember, with Ed's Red,
the Acetone will leave the container if it is not sealed
up with a good lid or cap!

And Kroil is 1/4 of the chemicals in my formula. The
others being Dextron II ATF, Acetone, and odorless
Mineral Spirits.


Guess 'ole Fabuloso is history in this thread huh?
That's ok I guess. Not many folks would
likely try it anyway since Ed's Red is always a big deal
in all the forums and YouTube stuff.

Edited by Old Ranger on April 29 2018 at 3:05pm


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Posted: April 29 2018 at 5:28pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I'll probably try it on muzzle loaders. Not sure why, but I got an itch to get a muzzle loading shotgun. I haven't done near as much black powder stuff as I used to, for quite a while, it was my primary deer hunting method for various reasons, now, not so much.

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I wonder if the Fabuloso would work good on cleaning brass? Looking at the MSDS it appears to be over 90% water, while other sites say it has health risks...I guess I'd better open a window if I try it.
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Posted: May 01 2018 at 8:44pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Don't know. Never tried it. Got a tumbler.

Health risk? Got me. All I know is its a buck a bottle.
Cleans everything in its path including BP and that
newfangled smokeless powder residue off my shooters. And
a little goes a long way. Beyond that who knows?

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