I purchased a tokarev pistol recently and it was loaded with cosmoline. I tried taking it down and cleaning it but can only get so far with disassembly of the gun. So I went back in my head days the summer I worked in a small engine repair shop. I remember brushing most of the grime off parts and dropping them in that can and pulling thin out later looking like a totaly different part. So I picked up a can at Walmart thinking I got this handled. I got it home and shook it up . When I opened it to put the parts in I noticed what looked like little metal flakes floating in it and it did not really have a strong smell either. It was also kind of dark and thick similar to slightly used motor oil best description I can come up with. Is this right? It just struck me as a little odd.
We sell two versions of Chem-Dip. One is a professional-strength product that is fairly light in color with two distinct layers, an aggressive bottom layer that did the cleaning and a top layer that acted as a chemical seal and rinse. (This undoubtedly is the product you’re remembering.) The other product is very dark in color, safer in all respects, and is intended for consumer use.
Unfortunately, the dark brown consumer product in the 1-gallon paint can that you’ve purchased (part #0996) is probably not going to do much to the Cosmoline.The two-phase professional product is still available in 5-gallon buckets (part #0905) and square 1-gallon replenishment cans (part #0901) has a much better chance of working.