If you are into guns, tools, or guns and tools, you’ve undoubtedly run into problems removing cosmoline. I’ve tried dozens of methods over the years until I stumbled upon a suggestion to use Goo Gone. Goo Gone is a cirtus gel product that is marketed for the removal of adhesive residue on consumer projects. Better yet, it is cheap! I paid $4 for a spray bottle.
When I began removing the cosmoline from my new Precision Matthews PM-1440GT lathe, it was a little daunting. The protective layer was thick, tough and not easy to remove. I’ve tried various methods in the past, none of which seemed to work particularly well.
A coat of Goo Gone, a brief soak in period and follow up with paper towels cleaned the material down to the bare metal. It worked so well that I took pictures and video of the last small cosmoline section of metal I had to clean.
If you have some cosmoline removal in your future, you may want to pick up a bottle of this stuff. It is safe to work with, cheaper than most products and works extremely well.