rust removal

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Mossyoakman3006, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. Mossyoakman3006

    Mossyoakman3006 New Member

    What is the best way to get ride of rust? I dont mean deep rust just alittle more than can be removed with a rag and oil. I live down here in Florida and the humidity does a number on blued barrels, I try and wipe them down as soon as I get back indoors but still have a little that I cant seem to get ride of. Watched a video that used an onion and steel wool, I was kinda sceptical of this method, has anyone done this????
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Find a product called KROIL. It is the God of penetrating oils. Amazing how much you can clean with a soaked-in coat of Kroil, and coarse CLEAN cloth. Personally I avoid steel wool (abrasive, AND specks of it can rust). For a couple of bucks, get a COPPER Chore Boy pot scrubber. wet gun with Kroil, LIGHT pressure with scrubber, follow with clean cloth.

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

    I'd recommend you use a good synthetic like break free and 0000 steel wool. It'll remove minor rust unless it's deeper than the bluing. Naturally you'll have to remove the steel wool particles after you get done.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2011
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Don't use a chemical rust remover.
    Lemon juice, vinegar, CLR, etc... will also remove the bluing.

    When you get back from the range, let the firearms "climatize" in your air conditioned area for a couple of days, then clean and oil.
    Don't leave them in sealed gun rugs or cases until they climatize.
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    McMaster-Carr has dessicant in packets that can be used in plastic gun cases (or save the little packs from other purchases).
  6. Sarge22

    Sarge22 New Member

    Surface Care

    I agree with STALKINGBEAR. Use a good quality gun oil, scrub the rusty spot with 4/0 steel wool and the gun oil. After you're done, wipe down your gun with a clean rug. Don't remove all oil, just wipe off the excess. We in the South have trouble with rusty guns in the closet. Get you a good box (ie vault), use desiccant, and wipe down once a month. No real work, just wipe a silicone gun rag over the exposed metal. There is no magic way down here of clean and forget gun care. I'm a Gunsmith student and this is the way I clean up. (The preceding sounds pretentious. Sorry).