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Old 07-01-2018, 09:36 AM   #1
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Rust Removal Redux

Try rubbing the rust with a copper penny.
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Old 07-01-2018, 11:05 AM   #2
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Try rubbing the rust with a copper penny.
Careful.... newer penny's are not copper. They're some alloy that's harder then copper and will damage the finish.

My go-to for gun rust is to liberally soak the area with Kroil or CLP Breakfree and let soak 24 hours or longer. WD-40 also works.
This will penetrate, soften, and loosen the rust.

Then apply more and "scrub" the area with a brass toothbrush.
This will remove the softened rust and won't harm the bluing.

Note that ANY rust will leave pits behind and nothing short of polishing the metal down will "remove" pitting.

I've found that when using steel wool dry, it tends to "jump" over the crusty rust and attack the bluing.
This exhibits as a spot of pitting with a "crater-like" circle of missing blue around it.
This is why a pre-soak with a penetrating fluid is best.
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What I've used on very light rust is a No. 2 pencil. The lead is soft enough not to harm the adjacent bluing and often will remove the rust.

Don't use any steel wool courser than 0000. Snake's recommendation 0f 00000 is okay but use some oil with it. Then either warm water and soap or just plain old alcohol and some cotton. He's dead on about oil contamination and cold bluing.
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Yet another nearly ten year-old thread resurrected by a first-time commenter.
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Yet another nearly ten year-old thread resurrected by a first-time commenter.
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They still make pencils?

What with computer drafting programs I guess my old drafting set is an antique/relic.

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They still make pencils?

What with computer drafting programs I guess my old drafting set is an antique/relic.
Ticondaroga is still making pencils but they are drafting pencils. For that mechanical pencils and various leads are the way to go. I've still got my drafting set and I'd bet it's older than you as it was my Grandfather's set I used for years.
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Steel wool is the way to go. However, if there is any pitting, then things get a little tougher. The way to get rust out of pitting is to coat it in oil, then take an X-Acto knife and use the tip to just dab at the pitting. This will break the rust away from the steel, and does an amazing job of clearing rust out of very small pits. When done, the metal will be in the white. De-grease with alcohol or acetone, heat the area with a heat gun/hair dryer, and apply cold blue. When it's all done, you'll hardly notice.

And congrats on the 1100...its one of my absolute favorites. And since it's such a popular shotgun, I'll bet you can find an adult stock for it if you want. GREAT gun my friend.
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When information is hard to find it is hard to find! That is why people often ask the same questions over and over. Maybe if there was a "frequently restarted" forum, it would not happen so often?

Read about the copper penny idea so tried it, (penny has to be older than 1984 to have copper in it), or so I read on the internet... it worked very well and did not mess up what little bluing was left on the shotgun I was working on.

The approach that worked best for me was the use of "Big 45 Frontier Metal Cleaner" and a little 3-in1 oil.
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