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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-03-2015, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Removing Rust

My buddy gave me an old .22 revolver that belonged to his father. It has some rust on it in several places. How do I remove it? It is a blued gun.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-04-2015, 12:36 PM
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Re: Removing Rust

I use #0000 steel wool and lots of oil. It works well but will take off the finish. Then I get a little cold bluing compound and put it on the spot following the instructions on the bottle. With a coat of oil on the gun its hard to tell the spot was ever fixed.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-10-2015, 12:54 PM
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Re: Removing Rust

What is the make & model is it? How bad is the rust? Pictures will help.

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Re: Removing Rust

Before using the steel wool route, try using Kroil brand oil. Apply it with a gun patch or cloth and work it into the rust. Of course, it will depend upon how heavy the rust is. If the rust is deep and pitted your only choice may be as kluf357 has said. But if it's not to bad, let the Kroil sit for 24 hours. Then take a tericloth rag and "polish" the Kroil. You will remove a lot of surface rust and pit rust doing this. If it works well, do the same thing again for another 24 hour period and see how it looks.
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Re: Removing Rust

This sounds odd but I've used some 3&1 oil and brown paper bag, have at it.
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Re: Removing Rust

try the kroil first...good stuff.....smells weird but works well

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Re: Removing Rust

The pre 1982 all copper penny and some breakfree clp removed some light rust on a single shot 20ga I bought for $30. It will not work on pitting. OOOO steel wool then work your way higher and touch up the bluing. The gun I bought shoots slugs so [censored] well Im using it this season. I may strip it all down and re-blue after the season. The steel wool almost gave a nice antique finish which doesnt look too bad. The reason I say pre-1982 penny is they were all copper and will not scratch the steel. Newer pennies with zinc can scratch when the copper coating is worn off. I just put some oil on the rusty spots and scratch it like a lotto ticket. Try it.
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