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Old 08-12-2014, 04:01 AM   #1
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Anodized Aluminum

Hi All,

So I just picked up a Solo Carry over the weekend and the instruction manual says to only use solvents and lube that is safe for anodized aluminum. What have you guys found to work best and safely on the Kimber finish?

Also, there is a plastic tool in the shape of a U that came with the pistol. Any idea what it is used for?

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Originally Posted by Quinn View Post
Hi All,

So I just picked up a Solo Carry over the weekend and the instruction manual says to only use solvents and lube that is safe for anodized aluminum. What have you guys found to work best and safely on the Kimber finish?

Also, there is a plastic tool in the shape of a U that came with the pistol. Any idea what it is used for?

Thank you,
Quinn
Is the U shape tool bright orange? If it is I suspect it is just a "safety" item. Part of it goes into the bore and the other part sticks out of the ejector port. Shows at quick glance the weapon is safe and unloaded.
Not sure about which solvent to use on anodized aluminum.
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:28 PM   #3
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That would be a "chamber flag", one comes with each new gun. The RO at my gun range loves them, always makes a positive comment when he sees me pull my guns from their cases with the flags in them.

I'm a life long fan of Hoppes #9 and it hasn't hurt any of my aluminum framed Kimbers I can't speak for other cleaners.
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+1 on Hoppes #9. I've used it for years and never had any problems.
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Thanks guys! Never heard of a "chamber flag" so I will look it up.

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Thanks guys! Never heard of a "chamber flag" so I will look it up.

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Well I didn't know it's official name but I knew what it was used for. Oh, put me on the Hoppes #9 bandwagon also!
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I don't think Hoppes #9 could hurt any metal finish. Been using it for decades.
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Originally Posted by Insta-Gator View Post
I don't think Hoppes #9 could hurt any metal finish. Been using it for decades.
I dig the way it smells, that may just be me. Course I also like the smell of Racing Gas and the Nitro that the Top Fuel drag cars run, burnt gun powder, fresh graded dirt.
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Welcome to the forum from Colorado! I don't have any anodized pistols, but Hoppes #9 has worked fine on my Sig P226 Stainless as well as all my others.
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I dig the way it smells, that may just be me. Course I also like the smell of Racing Gas and the Nitro that the Top Fuel drag cars run, burnt gun powder, fresh graded dirt.
Freshly cut wood - esp pine, snowmobile exhaust & hot butter in a skillet are my favs ....
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