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Old November 1, 2008, 06:03 PM   #1
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Rust removal

Got a new S&W DA .38 revolver, only problem is it's got a bit of rust, if anybody knows how i can get it off without ruining the rest of the finish, tips would be appreciated
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Old November 1, 2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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Before I looked at the pics, I was going to tell you to get an old real-copper penny & use it to rub the high spots off (won't damage existing bluing). Then I looked at the pics. It looks like it's been shot with corrosive powder & not cleaned properly (edit: Ok, now I remember, I'm in the BP forum, LOL). It looks bad enough to go after it with a soft metal wire wheel on a bench grinder (not sure if it really is as extensive as it looks). That much rust has surely gotten under & lifted some of the plating off.

Rather then looks, I'd be more concerned about the condition of screws, pins, and the inside of the cylinder & bore. You may have what will be a good shooter for a long time, if it passes mechanical inspection. I'd say that a complete teardown is in order, for cleaning & inspection.
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Old November 1, 2008, 07:36 PM   #3
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person i bought it from had it inspected before i bought it and it's safe and locks up fine. haven't actually fired it yet wanted to clean it it up a bit first.
i was looking for more of some kind of solvent or something like that and just soak it for a while, want to keep it as original as possible. nothing to evasive.
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Old November 1, 2008, 07:45 PM   #4
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You're going to lose a lot of plating no matter what you do. Going to be some pitting too. Under the rib is probably going to be the worst from the look of the pics. Maybe some Kroil and 0000 steel wool
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Old November 1, 2008, 09:53 PM   #5
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Nevr-Dull, plus some 0000 brass wool. Will remove rust and reveal pitting if any, will not fix pitting.
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Old November 1, 2008, 10:07 PM   #6
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Makes me sad.
Really I'd say take it to a professional and have it done up right.
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