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Old 06-06-2019, 11:39 AM
bobclark86 bobclark86 is offline
 
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Default Got my M5A1 today

Hey, all. Got my Imperial M5A1 bayonet today (ordered Monday, shipped Tuesday). Looks like it was re-arsenaled at some point in its life and was caked in so much cosmoline. I spent an hour cleaning it on my lunch break with simple green and engine degreaser. Also got a patch, a decal and a sling as I wait for my Service Grade.

Anyone know how to get the cosmoline out of the canvas part of the sheath? EDIT: Paint thinner or mineral spirits seem to work well -- took some soaking and heat to get enough out.

Also any way to roughly date it?

But thank you to the CMP. I'll order a few more. Didn't know the $6.99 shipping charge was for 2-day!

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Old 06-07-2019, 03:45 PM
chief of smoke chief of smoke is offline
 
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Default cosmoline

Try putting in Black trash bag and put out in Hot sun. This work great on stock and I don't see why it would not work on the webbing. Joe
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Old 06-07-2019, 04:15 PM
bobclark86 bobclark86 is offline
 
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Try putting in Black trash bag and put out in Hot sun. This work great on stock and I don't see why it would not work on the webbing. Joe
Pretty sure I'll try that on the next one. Thanks for the idea! I'll put a layer of paper towel under it to soak it up.
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:10 PM
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I know this terrifies some and no one should use it if you are not comfortable with it but gasoline and a two dollar chip brush makes fast work of removing cosmoline. Oil your parts when you finish.
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Old 06-19-2019, 01:07 PM
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If you do not mind all the paint stripped off the sheath, try soaking yours in oxiclean. worked well on my danish made sheath, canvas looks great comparably; minor rust was gone, and really ugly thick paint also pealed off! so far no ill effects. Just another way to clean.
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Old 06-19-2019, 02:54 PM
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I have had success using WD-40 to remove cosmoline.
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