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I have some rust on the barrell of my shotgun. you can't see it unless you put a light on it. some one told me vasaline would take it off but im worried it may damage it or remove the bluing. can anyone tell me if this would work or what else to use.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I'd use a little wd40 and try to buff it off with a cloth, if it's a working shotgun. If it's a show piece, i'd talk to a pro or research a little more.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Use some very fine steel wool (OO or OOO) and get rid of that rust spot ASAP. Don't worry about removing the bluing. It won't happen. If it makes you feel better, you can dampen the steel wool with some light gun oil, but don't lose any time getting at that rust. Then coat it with some rust-inhibiting oil like Break Free CLP or LPS. I would not use WD-40.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Forget WD-40.

Start with a cotton rag like an old t-shirt with Remoil or similar and rub the oil in and just keep at it until the rust does not show anymore. If that does not work get some 0000 steel wool with some Remoil or similar on it and lightly buff it off. Keep the steel wool lightly oiled during the process. You might have to do it several times before all the rust is gone. Keep using clean steel wool and remove all traces and oil ater each scrub. If that doesn't do it, it might be time for a rust remover, which will remove the bluing too.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I read somewhere that a pencil eraser is the best thing there is to remove rust without damaging the bluing. Just take it and rub the rust like you would erase a mispelled word. No oil until you are finished.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Del is right. I have used a pencil eraser to remove light freckling or incipient rust spots on rifle barrels. It does not remove any bluing. That was before I learned about fine steel wool, and I used the eraser only very lightly.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I have used fine steel wool on a shotgun I got from my uncle that had some surface rust on it. It works great and did not damage the bluing. I keep the gun clean by wiping with a silicone cloth when ever I take it out of the cabinet and have had no further problem.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

One more point. The rust scales that are loosened when using steel wool can scratch the finish. It is important to shake out the steel wool frequently to get rid of those particles.
I mentioned OO and OOO steel wool earlier. I should have added that the finer the better, with OOOO being best, because microscopic scratches may occur in rubbing.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

PARENTAL GUIDANCE ADVISED:
This is a true story. I once fondled an old Colt New Service revolver in a gunshop in Texas that had a light coating of fine rust over its entire surface. Although it was very reasonably priced,I couldn't bring myself to buy it. A few days later it was gone.
The next time I visited the gunshop, it was back, this time with a ridiculously low price tag on it. I was shocked to see that it had been worked over with SANDPAPER, and had deep longitudinal scratches over the entire surface.
I am choked with sobs as I write this. I can't go on.

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from JohnBear52786 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I also recently found a tiny amount of rust on my shotgun. I had a saddle type scope mount on it for about a month, and when I removed to mount to clean the gun, there was a small amount of rust. I plan to remove the rust as mentioned above, but I'm wondering if there is anything that can be done to protect the gun then afterwards. I will theoretically be exposing fresh untreated steel correct? Is there anying I can do to prevent future rust? Just keep the gun well oiled at all times? Or is there a finish I can put on? Thanks!

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I read somewhere that a pencil eraser is the best thing there is to remove rust without damaging the bluing. Just take it and rub the rust like you would erase a mispelled word. No oil until you are finished.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Use some very fine steel wool (OO or OOO) and get rid of that rust spot ASAP. Don't worry about removing the bluing. It won't happen. If it makes you feel better, you can dampen the steel wool with some light gun oil, but don't lose any time getting at that rust. Then coat it with some rust-inhibiting oil like Break Free CLP or LPS. I would not use WD-40.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I'd use a little wd40 and try to buff it off with a cloth, if it's a working shotgun. If it's a show piece, i'd talk to a pro or research a little more.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Forget WD-40.

Start with a cotton rag like an old t-shirt with Remoil or similar and rub the oil in and just keep at it until the rust does not show anymore. If that does not work get some 0000 steel wool with some Remoil or similar on it and lightly buff it off. Keep the steel wool lightly oiled during the process. You might have to do it several times before all the rust is gone. Keep using clean steel wool and remove all traces and oil ater each scrub. If that doesn't do it, it might be time for a rust remover, which will remove the bluing too.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Del is right. I have used a pencil eraser to remove light freckling or incipient rust spots on rifle barrels. It does not remove any bluing. That was before I learned about fine steel wool, and I used the eraser only very lightly.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I have used fine steel wool on a shotgun I got from my uncle that had some surface rust on it. It works great and did not damage the bluing. I keep the gun clean by wiping with a silicone cloth when ever I take it out of the cabinet and have had no further problem.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

One more point. The rust scales that are loosened when using steel wool can scratch the finish. It is important to shake out the steel wool frequently to get rid of those particles.
I mentioned OO and OOO steel wool earlier. I should have added that the finer the better, with OOOO being best, because microscopic scratches may occur in rubbing.

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from JohnBear52786 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I also recently found a tiny amount of rust on my shotgun. I had a saddle type scope mount on it for about a month, and when I removed to mount to clean the gun, there was a small amount of rust. I plan to remove the rust as mentioned above, but I'm wondering if there is anything that can be done to protect the gun then afterwards. I will theoretically be exposing fresh untreated steel correct? Is there anying I can do to prevent future rust? Just keep the gun well oiled at all times? Or is there a finish I can put on? Thanks!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 99explorer wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

PARENTAL GUIDANCE ADVISED:
This is a true story. I once fondled an old Colt New Service revolver in a gunshop in Texas that had a light coating of fine rust over its entire surface. Although it was very reasonably priced,I couldn't bring myself to buy it. A few days later it was gone.
The next time I visited the gunshop, it was back, this time with a ridiculously low price tag on it. I was shocked to see that it had been worked over with SANDPAPER, and had deep longitudinal scratches over the entire surface.
I am choked with sobs as I write this. I can't go on.

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