Frequently Asked Questions

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Is Ballistol available in California?

Non-aerosol Ballistol is available in California

What pH level is Ballistol?

While most other brands are pH-neutral, i.e. have a pH around 7, Ballistol has a pH between 8 and 8.5.   This is why Ballistol is capable of neutralizing mild acids and human hand sweat, which is of a slightly acidic nature. Please note that Ballistol does not contain any water, so therefore a pH cannot be established until emulsified with water.

Does Ballistol resinify or harden?

Ballistol does not resinify. Most other lubricants are subject to relatively fast aging and oxidation. They harden in time - a process which is called “resinification.” The oil begins to thicken, becomes sticky, gluey, and finally turns into a hard resinous substance. By contrast, Ballistol contains a combination of anti-oxidants and medical oils, which together make it much less susceptible to the process of aging than other lubricants. Read more about Ballistol's longevity.

Can Ballistol be used in place of other multi-purpose oils/lubricants/protectants?

Of course, Ballistol can do whatever other lubricants/protectants can do. Use it on tight or squeaky hinges, on door locks, padlocks, for the maintenance of gardening tools, lawn mowers, scissors, pocket knives, as sharpening oil, on bicycles, motorcycles, your model train, skateboards or roller blades, ski bindings and edges, etc., etc. But Ballistol does more. It can be used to polish silver and brass. And it will even protect WET surfaces.

Where can I find Ballistol?

Navigate to Where to buy Ballistol page to find a dealer near you or enter your zip code in the “Find A Dealer” box at the bottom of this page.  You can also order Ballistol online by clicking on the “Order” tab at the top of the page.

Is Ballistol safe on wood?

Yes!  Ballistol will bring out the color and grain on finished and unfinished wood, and will also protect wood from insects as well as humid, moist environments. Read more about Ballisol's uses for wood care.

Is Ballistol safe on rubber?

Yes!  Ballistol will clean rubber and prevent it from drying out. Caution should be used when using Ballistol on foam rubber

Do I need to mix Ballistol with water?

No. For most applications, straight Ballistol should be used. Always use 100% Ballistol on electrical equipment. Emulsify Ballistol with water for use cleaning black powder and corrosive ammo residue, as a boring and cutting oil, in jet washers and ultra-sonic cleaners. Refer to the mix ratio chart below.

Mix Ratios for Ballistol Oil
Clean Modern & Smokeless Residue 100% Ballistol
Clean Black Powder Residue 25% Ballistol,
75% Water
Neutralize Corrosive Ammo Residue 10% Ballistol,
90% Water
Jet Washer & Ultra Sonic Cleaner 10% Ballistol,
90% Water
Electrical Equipment 100% Ballistol
Boring & Cutting Oil 10% Ballistol,
90% Water

Is Ballistol safe on plastic?

Ballistol is safe on most plastics. Caution should be used when using Ballistol on soft and/or non-oil resistant plastics.

Can I use Ballistol on suede?

Do not use Ballistol on suede. Ballistol can stiffen suede.

Is Ballistol safe on composite/polycarbonate stocks?


Is Ballistol safe on nickel/chrome/gold leaf?

Yes! Ballistol is safe on all metals when used as directed. There is the potential with any creeping oil to “lift” metals plated by electrolysis, but our product is simply not capable of deteriorating these metals. We recommend when using Ballistol on electro-plated metals (gold leaf, nickel, chrome, etc.) to wipe off any excess Ballistol after cleaning. Ballistol should not be used on these surfaces if they are scratched or damaged.

Is Ballistol non-toxic?

Ballistol does not contain ingredients considered hazardous by the FDA. It does not contain any ingredients which may be harmful for warm-blooded organisms, reptiles or aquatic organisms (if used as directed). If swallowed, DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING, ASPIRATION CAN OCCUR. CONSULT A PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY.

Can I store Ballistol in a plastic bottle?

We do not recommend using plastic bottles for long term storage of BALLISTOL. Ballistol will keep best in its original container.

Storage of non-aerosol Ballistol, and trigger sprayer questions.

If you are using a trigger sprayer attached to the non-aerosol Ballistol can, remove after use and return the original cap. Ballistol can leak from the trigger sprayer, and will be exposed to air. Ballistol has an indefinite shelf-life when the original cap is returned to the can. Ballistol will not "mist" out of the trigger sprayer, but will instead shoot a "stream". For a mist application, please use our aerosol version.

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