My Pre-Season Cleaning Ritual with Silicon Spray

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My Pre-Season Cleaning Ritual with Silicon Spray

Posted by John B. Holbrook, II on December 16, 2019

Most of the practical shooting community is in their “off season” as most major matches run between March and November. For me, it’s a great time of the year to spend more time with family and friends, recharge my competitive batteries, but also to prepare my firearms for the upcoming shooting season. That means going through each of the firearms I shoot in competition and doing a complete disassembly and a through cleaning and lubrication - magazines too. The product that I’ve been using to accomplish this task in recent years is Silicon Spray from Rainbow Technology. In short, Silicon Spray is the best product I’ve found to clean and lubricate a firearm because it was developed by Rainbow Technology for industrial applications. It was developed to successfully lubricate and protect molds, motor bearings, linkages, tools, meters, locks, switches, and other industrial equipment which are required to function reliably in working temperature ranges between -40°F to 400°F. Similar products developed by and for the firearms industry simply aren’t developed to these specifications. And because Silicon Spray is widely used by an industrial market that’s much broader than relatively small pool in which the firearms industry exists, Silicon Spray is a much less expensive product than those only marketed within the firearms industry - economies of scale. Silicon Spray costs just $3.95 per can on

My typical routine in the off-season is to completely disassemble my firearms, and clean the appropriate components in an ultra sonic cleaner.  After cleaning and drying is complete, I can then apply Silicone Spray to all the components, paying particular attention to any moving parts, or parts which could be exposed moisture (rain, humidity, sweat, etc.). There’s no need to wipe off when applying to a completely clean surface - just spray it on and completely coat the surface. The low surface tension of Silicone Spray results in excellent coverage and deep penetration for both metal and non-metal surfaces. It is non-corrosive and non-staining as well as being odorless and colorless. And because this lubricant doesn’t coagulate or harden after it is applied, it minimizes development of corrosion and will not interfere with the reliable cycling of your firearm. I’ve found that establishing a good “base coat” with a completely clean firearm is extremely beneficial - carbon build up during the competition season becomes much easier to clean, which dramatically reduces the time and effort it takes to maintain my firearms. When I clean my firearms during the competition season, all I need is Silicon Spray and a cotton or microfiber cloth - cover the impacted surface and wipe down with a cloth. You’ll find that most carbon and fowling from the high-volume shooting done in competitive shooting quickly and early wipes away.  Again, the off-season routine is key.

Silicon Spray is hands down the best cleaning product I’ve ever used on my firearms - and I’ve used dozens costing upwards of 10 times what Silicon Spray costs. And one can generally lasts me an entire season. So head over to today and pick up a can today.