Keeping guns from rusting

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by clr8ter, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I have one of those stack-On gun cabinets. It came with a crappy foam barrel rest, which I replaced with a wooden one with felt on it. It caused the barrels to rust, especially the stainless ones, (and the Savage SS in particular). This happened twice. So I sealed the edges of the cabinet, and put foam weatherstripping in the door, and threw in a large desiccant pack. (Which after 3 or so weeks is showing pink again on the monitor on it.) I also made a new barrel rest, also out of wood with felt on it, but put A LOT of Rem Oil on the felt. This wasn't 3 weeks ago. And It happened again! The Savages barrel is oily where it was touching the felt, but also rusty. Not sure how to take care of this problem at this point. What can the barrels rest against that won't scratch them, but will also not rust them? The rest of the gun is rust-free, all of them. There is also less of an issue with blued guns, and no issue with parkerized-type guns.

    At a loss....
     
  2. phideaux

    phideaux Active Member Supporter

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  3. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Maybe the wood and felt are absorbing moisture. Spray the wood with latex paint or truck bed liner and leave off the felt. You could put a 60 watt incandescent light in it to evaporate any moisture. You need airflow for that to work. The moisture needs to escape.
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Canebrake stores all his guns in a Bore Store.
     
  5. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Hmmm. I thought the current thinking was putting silicone any where near a gun was bad. I read a thread here just last week that said it wreaks havoc with the finishes on wood....
     
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Doesn't seem to for Canebrake........
     
  7. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    I have a couple of stack-on gun lockers. I used the cheap foam barrel rest and run a dehumidifier in the basement during the hot and humid summer days so there is very low humidity on the room with the gun lockers in it. I haven't had any rusting issues.
     
  8. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Yeah, my issues are pretty specific to one area. Seems like it's concentrated where the barrel touches the felt. Not sure why this is happening with so much oil on it....I guess it's possible that the wood is soaking up the oil......
     
  9. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    I wonder if the wood is still wet... and the moister is seeping out onto your barrels?
     
  10. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I do not believe so. It started as a fir 4x4 that had been in my garage for a few years. Plenty of time to dry out. And no, it's not a pressure treated one......
     
  11. therewolf

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    There's no real substitute for keeping an eye on your guns.

    Granted, Stainless Steel and Nickel Plating helps, but it's

    all still steel underneath.

    Wax, Barricade, CLP, Mobil1, take your pick, but they all

    need assistance from TLC, and elbow grease.
     
  12. dwmiller

    dwmiller Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It could be a trace acid either in the felt you used or the glue itself. This would rust the barrel where it touched only. My suggestion is cut a piece of plastic plank and replace the wood. You can get it at "B"Lowes or Home De"s"pot they sell it as non - wood decking.
     
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  13. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Apparently......that's what I thought I was doing. Unfortunately, I can't check on them every 1/2 hour.:D
     
  14. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    What area of your house is the cabinet in Clr8ter?
     
  15. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    I think the question not asked yet is, "Where is your cabinet? In the garage? Basement?"
     
  16. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    It's on the 2nd floor
     
  17. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Refer to the post directly before yours ;) :D
     
  18. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    North side of the house? Against an outside wall?
     
  19. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    More like NW, inside wall.
     
  20. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    Sounds like a good science experiment. Take some bare steel put it in the same area guns are in, then do a piece of the steel on just the wood, just the felt, then a piece of the felt just laying on the felt, and finally felt glued to the wood with the same glue you used. That should find the culprit