View Full Version : Rust Removal????

February 2, 2006, 09:30 AM

I am hoping that some of you might be able to help me.:confused: I have a Remington model 12 .22 that is in some bad shape. I just received the rifle as a gift. It has some rust which is pretty bad in places. In addition i have a browning (belgium) made 12 ga barrel which was a gift as well which has some rust. I am not wanting to reblue either I just want to arrest the rust and keep it from pitting the metal if at all possible. I may be too late but I want to do all I can to stop the rust and preserve the barrel and rifle. I have been told to get some good automobile oil such as 5w30 and some 04 steel wool and wet the wool with the oil and make long strokes with little pressure to remove the rust. Is there any other way that will not scratch or mess up the remaining finish on both the barrel and the rifle? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

February 2, 2006, 12:23 PM
I would use an oil, I prefer Breakfree myself, and use 0000 steel wool wetted with the oil and rub the finish with it. After you have gotten all of the rust that you can from the barrels, I would then boil them in a tank of water to make sure the rust won't spread any further. You may be better off taking it to a gunsmith that has the tanks needed to boil the barrels, but that is up to you.

Just rubbing the rust with steel wool and oil won't remove it all. Good luck with it. Make sure to keep a rust preventative on the barrels from now on as well.

February 2, 2006, 03:06 PM
If you have heavy rust in some places, you might rub the surrounding bluing completely off before yer satisfied with enough of the rust being removed. An old (copper, not clad) penny works real good at taking heavy rust spots off. Very little copper will be deposited, & the steel wool will wipe that right away.

February 2, 2006, 07:41 PM
Understand, that while you can get the surface rust off and stop further rust, the metal is still going to have missing blue and at least tiny pits.

Here's the gunsmith way of removing light surface rust without doing further damage to the blue.

Get a good penetrating fluid like Kroil. You can use CLP Breakfree, WD-40, bore solvent, or other such products, but Kroil does best.

Liberally apply the solvent to the rusty areas, then allow to soak at least overnight, or longer.

Get a brass "toothbrush" and make a scraper from brass shim stock or by smashing the mouth shut on a brass cartridge case. Sharpen the edge of the scraper.

Apply more solvent to the rust, then brush the area with the brass brush.
For harder, crusty areas, use the home made scraper to scrape off the rust.

Once you've got as much rust as possible off, clean off the area and apply CLP Breakfree.
The CLP will continue to "work" on the rust, will stop further rust, and will protect the metal.

Using steel wool, metal polishes and other such methods will further degrade and thin the bluing.

Steel wool tends to "bounce" over the hard rust and wear the bluing around it.
This usually leaves a crater-like area of worn blue around the rust spot.