Cleaning surface rust

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by sparky17, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. sparky17

    sparky17 New Member

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    Does anyone have a good method to remove surface rust. I have a Uberti SAA that needs some help. It was in a soft case on my reloading bench in the basement when I went on vacation. I got home to discover the ice maker on the refer had sprung a leak. Of course its right above my bench! Any help would be great.
     
  2. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    I use a white scotch-brite pad and some oil. I have heard of people using 000 steel wool but I heard that the steel wool can get impregnated in your firearm and cause rust later...which is why I use scotch-brite.
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    try some very, very fine steel wool and Kano Kroil on it. i cleaned up my fathers rifle and pistol that had been stored in his safe for over 15 years and they had some surface rust on them. they looked 150% better when i finished with them. Kroil is some amazing stuff. useful as a bore cleaner and penetrant oil also. decent price too.
     
  4. bearrwe

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    I use 0000 steel wool and breakfree clp. Rub the clp over the gun and let set for a few minutes. Then buff the area with the steel wool wiping the area off and assessing it from time to time. Repeat process til the surface rust is removed or you see no improvement. Be sure and clean and oil the gun afterwords as any bits of steel wool left on the gun will rust leaving surface rust on the gun again.
     
  5. Gonzilla

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    Agree, I w only add - if OOOO unsuccessful, go OOO steel wool w grain.

    PS: Put a cloth down cause little bits of steel wool will go everywhere - when done, carefully roll up and toss it all away.
     
  6. Fisherking

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    Me personaly I use a good oil like balistol and a good canvas or burlap and rub the **** out of it .
    What realy works good is gunzila and a cloth . But don't use it on rust blued guns . It will take the blueing off .
    My 2 cents

    Fk
     
  7. bige91603

    bige91603 New Member

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    Little bit of apple cider vinegar goes a long way, or a $3 lead and rust removing cloth from midwayusa
     
  8. BillDeShivs

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    NO! Scotchbrite pads and vinegar will remove bluing.
     
  9. regload

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    +1, or more.
    The white scotchbrite is finer than any steel wool, anywhere. And, it won't imbed iron particles, because it doesn't have any. Steel wool is for the past. In this case, old school is bad school.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    old school methods still work. i still use them with great success, still to this day. some of us still also have old school firearms as well.
     
  11. hoovco

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    Never Dull is some pretty awesome stuff. It works really well. It's always handy to have a can of that laying around the shop for other stuff too.
     
  12. Marlinman

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    Nothing wrong w old school as axxe has said. I use a toothbrush and clp usually, or a piece of flannel w said clp and occasionally kano kroil.
     
  13. BillDeShivs

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    I'm not familiar with white Scotchbrite pads, but Scotchbrite is abrasive. Steel wool is not abrasive to steel, and it won't imbed in gun steel.
    You don't want to sand the bluing off, you want to remove the rust and leave the bluing. Sometimes learning about "the past" is a good thing-especially to young guys who give advice that will ruin a blued finish.
    Neverdull is good stuff on blued guns.
    Lead away will also remove bluing.
    I think most of you guys have never owned a blued gun.
     
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  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    old school methods got to be old school because they work. sometimes to get the finished results one wants comes also disguised as elbow grease and time. the younger generation wants results now and usually they have no patience for labor intensive projects. personally i will stick with the old school methods because i know that with some time and effort they will give me the results i am looking for.
     
  15. srtolly1

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    I picked up a shotgun recently that had a few freckles of rust. I used Breakfree CLP and a bit of 0000 steel wool. Cleaned up the rust freckles nicely, I applied a bit of Oxpho Blue and you can barely tell where the rust was if you didn't know.

    Old school is usually best. Don't use scotch brite, iv used these for metal prep and they will remove bluing.
     
  16. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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    When you first see rust and it looks like a copper hue, shinny not gritty looking. I use a pencil eraser.
     
  17. masterPsmith

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    My two cents-------45 years as a gunsmith, I'm still old school. I use 0000 steel wool and usually Marvel Mystery Oil, as I keep a gallon in the shop. Light rusting with no pitting is usually easily removed and looks like new.


    Jim.........
     
  18. 70cuda383

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    I've used WD40. I'll start out with a paper towel and WD40, if that doesn't work, then I'll go to the 0000steel wool and WD40, and USE LIGHT PRESSURE! again, only the rust must go, not the whole finish.

    ...normally a paper towel/WD40 is all I need, but then again, I take care of my own stuff and check on all my mags etc once a month or so. I've never inherited a gun that had major rust on it.
     
  19. 70cuda383

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    Oh, and I'm only 31, so I'm not sure I'm old school yet. but I do study my history and respect my elders!