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diablero
August 24, 2004, 08:58 AM
Hi all,

Got a small spot of rust on the blued finish of a piece this humid summer despite oiling. What's the best way to remove it? Thanks.

Diablero

mete
August 24, 2004, 09:19 AM
Very light rust can be removed with fine, oooo,steel wool and oil.Heavy rust requires polishing off the rust and rebluing.

Cris
August 24, 2004, 05:25 PM
Flitz!

Quartus
August 24, 2004, 05:39 PM
If it's light surface rust, a good hard rubbing with a rag and some oil may be all you need. Start with that, then go to the above suggestions.

Handy
August 26, 2004, 12:02 AM
Copper scrub pad (kitchen stuff) and oil. The copper is not as tough as the blue and won't hurt it, but will remove the rust. Then use a copper bore solvent to remove the copper.

This is much less aggressive than steel wool. I would suggest you try it first.

vertigo7
October 1, 2004, 10:11 PM
Copper scrub pad (kitchen stuff) and oil. The copper is not as tough as the blue and won't hurt it, but will remove the rust. Then use a copper bore solvent to remove the copper.

This is much less aggressive than steel wool. I would suggest you try it first.

Once again my sanity is saved by TFL. I got home from work and pulled my P3AT out of a brand new leather holster, only to find rust all up and down the surface of the slide. I had some ChoreBoy left over from cleaning the cylinders of my .357mag wheelie, and it cleaned the P3AT wonderfully. Thanks.

mikikanazawa
October 2, 2004, 12:46 AM
I had some rust show up on the barrel hood of my Kahr K9 when it was new. After that, I asked around for methods of prevention. What I do now after cleaning a gun is douse it in BreakFree, and then wipe down thorougly so that the gun is coated but not wet. This method has worked wonderfully for me, and I dare say has reduced visible wear on my guns. (I used to shoot them dripping with oil - geezer told me that grit sticks to the oil and accelerates wear.)

Wallew
October 17, 2004, 01:05 PM
GUYS, use SCOTCHBRITE pads. Come in multiple grits (each colored differently) and in different sizes and thickness. IT WILL take care of ALL SORTS of minor imperfections.

AND THEY ARE CHEAP.

Handy
October 17, 2004, 08:59 PM
DO NOT USE SCOTCHBITE PADS! The are more abbrasive than steel wool an will remove bluing.

Wallew
October 19, 2004, 12:29 AM
Given the myriad pads available for Scotch-brite cloths, this is NOT TRUE. UNLESS you go into the GROCERY STORE and buy one made to scrub pots and pans.

MSC Industrial Supply Inc (machine shop supplier) lists eleven types of Scoth-Brite pads (one for mild - will not mar glass, ceramic, fine china, PORCELAIN, TEFLON, SILVERSTONE or formica surfaces - that Light duty #63 - will certainly NOT HARM your blued surface).

Scotch-Brite also makes High Performance Cloths that I like better than their Cleaning Pads - considerably more expensive ($6 vs $2) BUT much softer than even the #63 listed above. They use microfiber structure reduces and sometimes eliminates the need for cleaning solutions.

There are others that will take the paint off a battleship. BUT, if you know WHICH one you need AND HOW TO USE IT, these things are the best thing since sliced bread.

Finally, ASSUMING YOU DO REMOVE SOME FINISH accidentally from your BLUED firearm, use either 'Perma Blue' or 'Aluminum Black' (my choice) made by Birchwood. Use a Q-tip to apply until you are satisfied with the results.

PKAY
October 19, 2004, 02:53 PM
For very light rust or corrosion I use a couple of drops of Kroil on a Q-Tip and rub it. Works pretty well. I used Flitz once on a Python barrel with a small corrosive pit. It worked great! Except it took the blue right off with the corrosion.

Handy
October 19, 2004, 05:27 PM
Wallew,

Wouldn't it have been helpful to post a specific recommendation of what type of Scotchbrite pad WON'T scrape up your gun instead of what you did post. Your first post would have screwed up some guns as most people would have to experiment to find the correct pads. If you want to give advice, I suggest giving all of the advice.


Copper pads avoid this problem.

Desert Dog
October 19, 2004, 08:56 PM
The white ultra fine Scotchbrite pads work excellently... I believe they are 600 grit equivalent.

I have not been able to find them on-line though...

Wallew
October 19, 2004, 08:59 PM
Handy,
YOU ARE CORRECT. My apologies to all here for NOT being specific. MY FAULT. In my own defense, if you had physically picked up some of the ones made to 'scrape paint off a battleship' you would have know it just by how it felt (about a 50 grit)

I currently use the Scotch Brite Polishing pads.

I use the Blue (76634906), Green(76634914), Red(76634922) and White(76634930) pads. Page 2964 MSC 2003/2004 BIG BOOK catalog.

SORRY ABOUT THAT. I use the WHITE PAD (600+ grit) the most, as it seems the softest TO ME. At $6 a pop, it works wonders. Phone number is 800.645.7270 - they do mail order and can drop ship almost anywhere.