General Facts About Our Product Line
To ensure product performance, apply to clean, residue free surfaces. If there is any doubt that the cleaner you are using does not leave surfaces residue free, simply rinse the cleaned surface with rubbing alcohol.
None of Sentry's products are permanent coatings. Each product bonds to the metal surfaces to which it is applied. It will eventually wear off and may be removed using products such as gun solvents or industrial cleaners.
Sentry's product line is based on dry film technology except for HIGH-SLIP GREASE which utilizes solid lubricants but remains wet.
All the products last a very long time. You'll get the best performance if you apply a single, thin coating.
SMOOTH-KOTE needs to be stirred and then shaken very well before use.
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Frequently Asked Questions
TUF-CLOTH (click questions for answer)
When you first start using the product, use it every time you use or handle your equipment. This will ensure that you are getting complete coverage and that TUF-CLOTH's ingredients are able to get into the pores of the metal. Once your equipment has been thoroughly wiped with TUF-CLOTH the protection can last several weeks or longer. If your firearm or equipment is exposed to wear or extreme conditions you should use TUF-CLOTH more frequently.
No, TUF-CLOTH is not a rust remover. You can use TUF-GLIDE on some synthetic steel wool to remove surface rust. If the metal has severe rust you will need to use a rust remover (we find that naval jelly works well). Please keep in mind that rust removers may also remove finishes from metal. Once you have removed the rust, use TUF-CLOTH to keep the rust from forming again.
No problem, you can use pure, odorless, mineral spirits (available at most hardware stores) to restore the cloth or use TUF-GLIDE . Simply open the ziplock on the bag and pour about a teaspoon of mineral spirits onto the cloth and re-seal the bag. TUF-CLOTH is user adjustable; the wetter the cloth, the thicker the coating. You can allow the cloth to dry in order to apply a thinner coat. A dry TUF-CLOTH can be used as a polishing cloth. If you prefer using a wetter TUF-CLOTH, after the surface is dry you can buff off the excess with a clean dry cloth.
You should use it if your equipment is going to be exposed to salt-water or put into storage. This product was designed specifically for use by Navy SEALs and it provides a thicker film of protection for extreme conditions.
None of Sentry Solutions products are FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved. TUF-CLOTH's protection bonds to metal surfaces and the dry protective shield is non-toxic. The bonding reduces the possibility of transferring material to food items that might be cut. In comparison, any oil on a blade's surface will transfer to any food cut. If you plan to cut food with a TUF-CLOTH treated blade, we suggest that you wipe or wash the blade first, then re-wipe when convenient.
SMOOTH-KOTE (click questions for answer)
Simply use a dry nylon bristle brush such as an M-16 brush or even a toothbrush to brush off the dirty surfaces (extractor, breech face, feed ramp, slide rails etc.). To clean the bore, use a dry nylon bristle bore brush followed by a clean dry patch or two. Once you have cleaned the firearm you can now use the precision applicator to touch up the wearing surfaces with SMOOTH-KOTE. Don't forget, because SMOOTH-KOTE bonds to metal, a little bit goes a long way.
Note: If you use a bronze or other metal bristle brush to clean it is important to re-apply a thin coating of SMOOTH-KOTE. The metal bristles scratch the SMOOTH-KOTE'd surface and these scratches need to be smoothed out.