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Old 03-19-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default How to remove rust from blued steel?

What is the safest way to remove or buff out rust and small pitted spots on blue steel?

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Old 03-19-2012, 06:49 PM   #2
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0000 Super Fine steel wool & oil.

See this:
http://www.thektog.org/forum/showthread.php?t=245569

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A trick I learned from a pawn broker long ago, use a carpenters pencil. Scrub the lead (graphite) all over the minor rust spot (wont take off any bluing, but it will remove light surface rust) then buff with a clean dry rag. This has served me well thru the years on second hand weapons. The pits wont go away but it will look much more presentable. Also on a blued firearm, with a wood stock, I always clean and leave a light film of Old English furniture polish with scratch cover, they make it in light and dark. It won't make scratches go away but it will make them look more natural. Work it in good on any checkering. I do this on the blued parts as well.

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i have always used a really fine steel wool and vaseline and then wiped off excess with cotton rag

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Theres a pot scrubber looking thing for rust, can't remember who makes them.

On bad spots i've used the threads on a brass cleaning rod to scrape it off

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Using 4/0 steel wool with an oil is probably a good approach.

However, also consider the "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser" product (marketed for wall clean up of marks and stains), as well as automotive detailing clay. Detailing clay is great at taking off the really fine stuff. Obviously, you would need to clean off the surface oils first for it to work and then re-oil it afterwards.

The abrasive clays/polishing clays have also been used for cleaning out and polishing intake runners in engine cylinder heads.

Let us know what works for you.

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Another way is also to use electrolysis. Do a web search for "homemade electrolysis tank to clean rusted guns"

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Theres a pot scrubber looking thing for rust, can't remember who makes them.

On bad spots i've used the threads on a brass cleaning rod to scrape it off
Big 45 Frontier Metal Cleaner

http://www.frontiermetalcleaner.com/

I used one of these on an old 22 rifle handed down from a relative and it did an amazing job of removing rust without damaging the underlying finish.
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Yeah that's it. My gunsmith buddy had one

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Default Burnishing works best for mild pitting....

For light surface rust that isn't forming little peaks, the fine steel wool and oil works well, but if the rust forms little points, cover it with oil and gently rub with a hard steel rod. Polished steel works better as it won't add any scratches.

What this does is pushes the oxide that was raised by the rust (kinda like a bubble) back into the pit that forms underneath it. AFter this is done, you will notice the surface area of the blister will be much smaller than what would be there if you steel wool it first.

Give it a try - it works well. I use a polished chromed 3/8" Snap-On ratchet extension....nice, shiny and smooth.

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