Bill, one of our fellow shooters told me about a dish washing pad that is named Chore Boy and is stainless steel and will not remove the bluing. I douse it good with Clenzoil and then rub the metal(with the stocks removed) and presto, the rust is gone leaving a nice looking blue finish with no mild pits. But whatever you do, don't try this with regular scrub pads(steel) or steel wool as it will remove the blue. Jackie B
Here what I found. Rust is rust. You may put some oil on it to slow it down. But once it starts to rust the only way to stop it is to reblue the gun. Then the oil or grease will keep away the rust. Until the day you get lazy and Mr.Rust will come back.
Just wipe you gun down very time you use it and it will look like new for as long as you own it.
Hap, yes it is stainless steel. I have forgotten which one of the gunsmiths on here told me about it but I have used it on probably a hundred guns and it has made a believer of me. The front of the package has a picture of a kid with his hat on backwards and says Chore Boy, Stainless Steel Scrubber and contains two scrubbers per package. Will not rust or splinter. I'm not suggesting that it will remove pits but will cleanly remove surface rust and leave the bluing. Jackie B.
shootingjack is righton!! i just did what he suggested and with good removal of rust( but not pitted). the bushy bundle or pad was fine shreded stainless steel. this was purchased at a hardware store.and the package said for rust removal.
oooo steel wool and oil and light pressure.Do not use any steel wool coarser than oooo. There was a great article some years back in, I think Guns magazine about this very thing. Yes the core boys work also. I will try to find it tomorrow I made copies of the article to mail to someone quite some time back. Bill
Bill, Clenziol is a wonderful gun protection product. After a demonstration at a Ellett Brothers show a couple of years ago I was sold. They had put some 20 penny nails in the ocean for a couple of weeks and brought them to the show and had a glass jar full of clenziol with a small hole in the lid. I placed one of the nails in the hole and went shopping(I asked one of the guys in the next booth to watch and see if they changed nails) on down the aisle and came back an hour later. The rust had literally fallen off and I wiped the nail on a soft cloth and the nail looked shiny and new. It can be used on stocks and all metals. It is also good for protecting leather and removes built up oils(wd40) and other contaminants. I think Gamaliel's carries it as well as a lot of gun stores. Jackie B.
Rust is not a layer that forms on the surface of the gun. It is caused by oxidation of the steel that makes up the gun. It can be removed by scraping off the steel that has been chemically changed. If the rust is deep enough, you will have to scrape off the thin blued surface of the steel.
Fine steel wool with some sort of lubricating oil will gently scrape off the rust. This is actually removing some of the metal from the gun. The rusted metal is softer than the underlaying steel.
Pat, that jibes with one of my cures which is to use Break Free and very fine steel wool. Unless the rust is deep, it seems to be ok with the bluing.
Another good one is to get a pack of the "Wipeaway" cloth that the pistol guys use to remove lead fouling in their forcing cones. It's like a yellow felt, chemically treated. It turns brown as you rub the rust, and will even remove unseen rust. The downside is that it will remove bluing too if you overdo it.