Product Use FAQ

1How does Steelgard's Firearm Protector work?
Solvents, by nature, get between residue build up on your gun. These solvent-based cleaners remove the residues to clean and protect the gun's steel surfaces. Steelgard's solvent properties naturally seek the lowest valley or reservoir, traveling into the smallest crevices and the tiniest scratches to get between any residue and the body of the weapon.

Steelgard® loosens and lifts light rust, black powder, copper and lead fouling, plastic residue, gunpowder and steel shot residue. Once lifted, the residues can be quickly and easily wiped, brushed or swabbed away. It is safe to use with any cleaning tools, including bronze and/or brass bore brushes.
2Do I need a solvent cleaner? Can't I just use oil?
Solvent, as the name implies, goes further than merely lifting and cleaning the surface of the gun. It dissolves dirt and residues. It also “seeks” the lowest crevice on a metal surface, getting beneath grime and dirt and “lifts” it for easy removal. The Steelgard® solvent-based formula, will eventually evaporate, so it does not leave a messy, greasy film. Oil, on the other hand, can “migrate” and leave spots uncovered (compromising rust protection) and may cause damage to wood and other non-metal materials on your firearm.

Steelgard® carries a rust preventive that creates a non-oily, slippery film to improve the function of your firearm. Oil does not evaporate. Oil-based "cleaners" and lubricants leave an oily film which attracts and "seals in" grit and grime. Over time, this debris will grind against the surfaces causing pitting and damage to your firearms.

A dirty weapon will lose accuracy and will be more likely to misfire. Why clean your guns with a product that increases the problem? Use Steelgard® instead! Steelgard's solvent also contains a polar rust preventive which remains on the surface in the form of a dry, non-oily, protective finish. This beneficial film also acts as a lubricant to improve the mechanical action and function of the weapon.
3What if my gun is already gummed up?
That's o.k., everyone makes mistakes. Steelgard® can be used to remove old gun-cleaning products, WD-40, and other lower-quality oil-based products from your weapons. It works safely on all types of weapons including those with plastic and wooden parts. (Please note: Steelgard® does remove wax and oil. Care should be taken when using with any wooden or leather product which may contain oily or wax-based finishes.)

Steelgard® contains no water and we use CO2 (rather than propane) as the propellant. Steelgard® is safer for your weapons and safer for you. It's just better.
4How does Steelgard® offer rust protection if it evaporates?
Contained within the formulation, is a “polar” material that is attracted to the metal surface. This creates an invisible shield that retards rust formation through a barrier protection, and serves a dual purpose of acting as a high-quality lubricant between moving pieces of metal to improve function, performance and safety.
5How long can I expect Steelgard's rust protection to last?
It depends. If the firearm is stored indoors in a conditioned environment, a year is possible. If the firearm is stored in areas where moisture or condensation can form, then the weapon's protection is environmentally compromised. Even when using Steelgard®, care should be taken to store guns properly.
6Is Steelgard® toxic?
No, it’s not toxic, but should be handled with care. The mist formed by the spray is flammable and should be kept away from sources of ignition. It should not be sprayed into the eyes or breathing passages.

An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is available for more cautions or information. Contact us for a copy.
7Why can’t I bring Steelgard® on a plane?
The contents are under pressure, so the FAA does not allow the product on planes.

You can have Steelgard® sent via FirearmProtector.com anywhere in the world because we follow strict FAA guidelines with respect to shipment world-wide.
8Will Steelgard® affect the "Hoag" rubber on my pistol grips?
Pistol grips made of Hoag rubber were immersed in Steelgard® for several weeks. After removal from exposure to the Steelgard®, there was no noticeable affect to the integrity or appearance of the rubber.

The test performed exposed the rubber to the Steelgard® in an exaggerated manner - in other words, your pistol grips would never become immersed in the product under typical conditions, so you can be assured there will be no detrimental effects under normal conditions.
9Will Steelgard® affect my leather holster?
As in the test on the Hoag rubber, there was no degradation (or even staining) of the leather holster we tested.

Depending on the tanning or curing methods of your leather, your mileage may vary. (If concerned, pretest on an inconspicuous area before using.)
10Will Steelgard® on a gun damage foam in my carry case?
What if I coat my pistol with Steelgard® and immediately put it into my carrying case that has a foam cushioning?

We saturated foam from a typical carrying case and again found no degradation or detrimental effect after several weeks of observation.

Different cases may use different foam cushioning, so your mileage may vary. (If concerned, pretest on an inconspicuous area before using.)
11Will Steelgard hurt wooden parts?
My pistols and shotguns have wooden stocks and grips. Will Steelgard® affect the wood?

Although Steelgard® will dissolve wax, it will not attack the varnish on wood stocks and pistol grips.