Noob saving old lemon squeezer
I have a .38 S&W lemon squeezer, 4th model. serial 1758xx (1906-7?)
It was Great grandpas, grandpas, moms, now mine.
Mom had it in a foam style holster and it's quite rusted now. I read a little about 0000 steel wool and thought I could clean the rust off with one of those green scrub pads... yeah, took finish off and scratched it good in 2 seconds flat.
I got it when mom passed day after thanksgiving, really want to save it, it has a lot of sentimental value, was her pride and joy. (used it to defend herself about 15years ago). Do not know if it's been fired since then, it was loaded!! when I got it.
I know it's going to cost more than the gun is typically worth to have it properly redone, which I cannot afford at the moment.
So can I just put the whole gun in a sealed plastic container of wd40 or something to halt the damage until I can afford it?
Or Does anyone know any shops that would do it and just hold it and take payments until the service is paid for?
Thanks (and sorry if this may be in wrong place, just joined)