Removal of light rust from a 114 year old revolver?
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    Removal of light rust from a 114 year old revolver?

    Well I have a nice blued New Service that has some very light rust on places. You can't feel them with your fingers but you can see them, a very light brown dusting of rust. I've oiled the revolver now to hopefully prevent it from spreading until I get an answer from you guys as to how to remove the rust without hurting the bluing AT ALL.

    I bought a can of CorrosionX but haven't used anything on it so far except a light coating of CLP.

    What steps should I take to remove the rust and not hurt the nice bluing at all?




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    It appears the rust has made it into the finish. Get some bronze wool and soak it with your CLP. Any rust that will come off will without disturbing the blue.
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    Or get the Big 45? scrubber. That's what I use and it works great.
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    I agree but have found good results rubbing on Kroil and letting it sit for a few days . then try the Big 45 scrubber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaffee View Post
    Or get the Big 45? scrubber. That's what I use and it works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29aholic View Post
    It appears the rust has made it into the finish. Get some bronze wool and soak it with your CLP. Any rust that will come off will without disturbing the blue.
    I agree that it has compromised the finish. It's too late to save it from the freckling and generalized discoloration. But it is still wise to take the slow and deliberate approach of the soak and bronze wool.

    Though some might gasp, you can get somewhat aggressive with a penny on the stubborn scale rust. Don't go all heavy pressure or high speed, but you can bear down a little. Just keep scraping that rust with the edge of the penny and a film of your favorite oil until you don't feel resistance from the rust scale. The majority zinc alloy of the penny won't touch the blue.



    Now you see the rust scale on and below the safety lever.





    Now you don't see the rust (as much). It was stubborn and wouldn't come with bronze wool. So, I hit it with some oil and a penny.

    The bluing is still completely intact. The process did not help the pinprick freckling which was already present. But it got those rust flecks off the surface

    Don't use a polish. Had I used a polish on the case coloring, it would have stripped the coloring away entirely.

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    I've read the penny trick only works with older real copper pennys. I've also read you can crush a 38 special casing and use it as a scraper.

    Is the CorrosionX not a good idea?

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    Oh and I bought it as a shooter and I like the aged look it has.

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    I second the Big 45. It is a molybdenum based pad that removes rust from bluing. Totally safe on blued surfaces and works in a couple of minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopsign32v View Post
    I've read the penny trick only works with older real copper pennys. I've also read you can crush a 38 special casing and use it as a scraper.

    Is the CorrosionX not a good idea?
    Zinc and copper are very close to the same general hardness, with copper being slightly harder.


 
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