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Re: Rust.

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:52 pm
by Reverend Mauser
Soak it in vinegar?
I don't think you'd want to use this. I've seen it suggested by many people that vinegar is useful for stripping off bluing to prepare for a new bluing job.


I've always had good success with WD-40 and similar, with a little 0000 steel wool.

Re: Rust.

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:00 am
by Smokey
WD-40 is notorious for killing primers. Police officers have lost their lives as a result when their service arms didn't fire from using the stuff.
Absolutely no way should it be used on a magazine. Use a good gun oil and one of the metal cleaning pads some have recommended.

Re: Rust.

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:04 pm
by noddaz
Thank you everyone for your replies. I elected to go with some light machine oil and steel wool. Then wiped it down and put it away. After all, it is just a common, generic magazine. Thank you all again.

Re: Rust.

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:43 pm
by Reverend Mauser
Something to perhaps experiment with: I recently toured a museum that featured the recovery of a sunken steamboat and they had numerous artifacts they had been cleaning to remove corrosion. One of the handiest items was a pencil eraser in a dremel tool--it made a copper late look like new. (Ferrous metals were then dunked in tannic acid as a rust inhibitor. It gives a blackish color to the metal, very antique looking).

I have seen an old-timer's advice to simply take a pencil and mark over a little rust spot and then erase. He swore by it.

I'm not suggesting you should throw all caution to the wind and attack a Grand with a dremel tool, but maybe hitting a discreet spot might show you some possibilities.