Q-tips (name brand!)
Tooth picks (who cares what kind?)
Hot water wash
IMPORTANT NOTE DO NOT use WD-40.
WD-40 is a FISH based oil. When used on parts that are in close proximity, the solvent evaporates out and leaves all sorts of non-lubricating, dust gathering "goo" in the space between the surfaces. (like blade and pivot bushing)
I use Slick 50 spray or Pro-long (sounds like an adult product but it works) both of these are synthetics and leave no gunk. They're also slicker than a virgin's bannister.
Tráceme no sin la razón, envoltura mi no sin honor
I use brake cleaner, or alcohol to clean , and dry with either shop air, or a can of compressed air, then relube with Break Free, or REM oil.
Don't use the brake cleaner on any plastic material. G-10 will take the cleaner with no problems. Brake cleaner WILL leave a white residue on G-10, but wipes right off, and causes no harm.
Brake cleaner is cheaper than Gun Scrubber, and is basically the same stuff, and the brake cleaner dries without leaving a residue behind like Carb cleaner does. Make sure & buy the non chlorinated stuff. I use it for cleaning just about everything in the shop. Works great!!!
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The first thing to do is gather all of the correct supplies onto a well lit workdesk/bench.
Oil of choice (mine is Yomega Brain lube with teflon, Buck gun oil w/teflon or rem oil)
Your old sharp little cleaning knife
Optivisor (for close inspection)
Dremel tool with accessories
Renaissance micro-crystalline wax polish
Then you do what you do with what you got.
Dry completely. No water leftovers. Loob. Wax.