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Old 07-10-2011, 07:24 PM
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Thinking about a purchase of a gun with some rust on the end of the barrel (blued revolver). What's the best way to get it off wit the least damage ?

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First soak the rusted part in penetrating oil, such as Kroil, for a few hours, and with it still wet with the oil, gently rub with some "copper" wool. I've been told a Chore Boy scrub pad works, but I have not used one myself. You may need to repeat this several times, depending on the amount of the rust. Do not rub too hard, as you can remove the bluing.
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I used oil and 0000 steel wool on the barrel of my 92f...took off all the rust and left most of the finish.
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Yes, some bronze wool commonly found at good hardware stores (not usually found at "home improvement" places) is best. Don't use a penny! Well, you can- but it has to be made before 1982. The post 1982 pennies containing zinc will scratch the metal once you get through the thin copper outer layer. If it is heavy rust, take a brass (not nickel plated or aluminum) .22LR fired case and smash the end together and use it as a scraper- it won't scratch the metal, but it will leave brass on the metal which you can get off with solvent and a cloth.
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I agree with soaking but I have soaked for a day or two just to really try and let oil work its magic. Steel wool will work, but copper or bronze wool is preferred. The steel wool can supposedly get into the pores or something and cause more rust later. I haven't seen that problem before, but it sounds plausible enough that I found some copper wool. My personal trick was to soak in penetrating oil for as long as I could stand to wait and then use a nice thick oil for gently scrubbing.
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I used oil and 0000 steel wool on the barrel of my 92f...took off all the rust and left most of the finish.
I agree. The only thing I could add is polishing the area thoroughly afterwards with Flitz metal polish. It's worked for me!
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First soak the rusted part in penetrating oil, such as Kroil, for a few hours, and with it still wet with the oil, gently rub with some "copper" wool. I've been told a Chore Boy scrub pad works, but I have not used one myself. You may need to repeat this several times, depending on the amount of the rust. Do not rub too hard, as you can remove the bluing.
I use Chore Boy and they work fine. Cheap and available at local grocery. Immediate delivery and no shipping charges. Only ACME delivering to Wilie Coyote has better service.

I keep an oiled one in and old prescription bottle under my table at shows. Loaning it out to some other dealers made them converts.

For removing rust I use motor oil. Figure the detergent in the oil might help. Wipe with cloth frequently and rinse the Chore Boy. While the copper is soft, the suspended rust particles are hard enough to scratch the blue.

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i also posted in pre 61 section before i saw yours, was told big 45 frontier metal cleaner. i havn't tried yet,who knows, anyone else ever try it?
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First soak the rusted part in penetrating oil, such as Kroil, for a few hours, and with it still wet with the oil, gently rub with some "copper" wool. I've been told a Chore Boy scrub pad works, but I have not used one myself. You may need to repeat this several times, depending on the amount of the rust. Do not rub too hard, as you can remove the bluing.
Amen Brother!
Never use steel wool. Copper or stainless wool with lubricant is best. An old gunsmith trick is an old nickel with a little oil to flake rust off. Light on the hand is the rule.

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