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Old 01-07-2014, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default Rust On Handgun Slide - How To Remove It?

Smith & Wesson M&P 40 - only 200 round through it

There is no way to remove rust on the slide with either steel wool or fine grit sandpaper without screwing up the bluing and having to get it reblued is there?
What about the green scouring pad side of a sponge?

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Old 01-07-2014, 09:48 PM   #2
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Go grocery shopping. Housewares aisle. COPPER ChoreBoy pot scrubber. Wet the slide with a good light oil (I like a product called Kroil, but use what you have) Let slide marinate for a couple of hours.

Moisten the COPPER (not copper plated steel, but COPPER) pot scrubber with some oil. Rub gently. Slide will turn a coppery color.

Take a clean soft cloth, few drops of oil. Rub slide, changing to clean spot now and again. Copper color comes off.

You CAN use steel wool, bronze wool, etc etc etc- this will do the LEAST harm to your bluing.
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Make sure, as c3shooter said, to keep oil on both the slide and the metal wool. Rub slowly, evenly and gently. I've seen it do wonders to all kinds of blued steel guns, parts, scopes, rings, etc.

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Thanks yall. I will try the copper.

I am so pissed this thing got rust on it. It's practically a brand new gun. It's only got like 200 rounds through it. I bought it in Nov. 2008 right after the communist queer got elected.

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Using oil with the wool will create a slurry of iron oxide (rust) that is abrasive and actually can remove bluing pretty easily.
Using it dry, you can wipe the removed rust particles away. When finished, then oil and wipe with a soft cloth to remove the residual rust.

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Given that you have only run 200 rounds through the gun I would shoot it until the rust comes off.

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A handgun like it's owner will start showing it's age. You should both bear your scares with pride.

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Lemme get this straight. You bought a new gun and haven't even looked at it in five years?

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Lemme get this straight. You bought a new gun and haven't even looked at it in five years?
Nah, I had it out of the case and was looking at it about 4 or 5 months ago, but didn't see any rust on it then. It looked like it had a good sheen of oil on it. The side that rusted is the side that lays down in the foam in the case. The foam must have absorbed all the oil and allowed moiture to get in. I guess I got a damp house.
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Nah, I had it out of the case and was looking at it about 4 or 5 months ago, but didn't see any rust on it then. It looked like it had a good sheen of oil on it. The side that rusted is the side that lays down in the foam in the case. The foam must have absorbed all the oil and allowed moiture to get in. I guess I got a damp house.
It's a well known fact that is you store steel or iron in styrofoam without the proper protection it will rust. Spend $5 on a silicone gun sock.

We had a guy in here a while back who could afford an $800 pistol but he couldn't afford a case or a range bag. You remind me of that guy.
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