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    Rust recovery - caution ugly!

    I've never had such a problem. The Uberti Cattleman were stored in unbranded padded cases in a safe with a heater to drive out humidity. None of the other guns in the safe had any rust. And these two, only on the sides of the cylinders. This is the worst side. The only only thing I can think is that the padded cases contained moisture.

    I cleaned it the best I could with Chore Boy copper wool and Flitz. While they look much better, there are spots were the bluing is gone and other places where its thin. Fortunately, no pitting. It's hardly noticeable until you look closely. But it bothers me. I'm thinking this winter I'll scrub them up and touch up the bright spots with cold blue. They are guns I use for Cowboy Action Shooting.

    Anyone got good methods to recover from an ugly patch of rust?

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    Most unfortunate!
    I've found Blue Wonder to be a very good product. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1006363070?pid=897836
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    Sorry, I have no suggestion to correct your problem except to reblue the cylinders. Have you possibly gotten black powder ash/contamination in/on your pistol cases?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJC View Post
    Sorry, I have no suggestion to correct your problem except to reblue the cylinders. Have you possibly gotten black powder ash/contamination in/on your pistol cases?
    Yes and no. I load and shoot BlackMZ loads almost exclusively. I store and transport these guns in the soft cases to and from Cowboy Action Shooting matches. Here in mid-Missouri it's always humid.

    I stopped by MidwayUSA yesterday on way back from a match and picked up a package of 5 of their gun socks. I'll start using them to store in the safe.

    I'll look at Blue Wonder. Thanks.

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    To get rid of the corrosion first you have to grind, sand by whatever means necessary to get down to good metal THEN refinish otherwise you are wasting your time. It will return eventually that is a stone cold fact..
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    Bibby I came from out east. Awful humidity.
    Heat attracts moisture and unless there’s enough heat to evaporate the moisture it’s only going to make it moister.
    I never liked “goldenrods” and saw my share of badly damaged guns back in PA.
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    If the cases were made of cloth, they should have allowed moisture to escape. If they were vinyl, they probably held the moisture while your heater in the safe accelerated the oxidation. Residue from the powder may have catalyzed or initiated the oxidation. Cases with foam lining are probably the worse.
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    They were some kind of cloth but it feels like the padding is probably foam.


























    Here is the "after" of the same area.

    This pair of Cattleman 45s are 5 years old and have been used in many Cowboy Action Shooting matchs. But I have others now that I'm shooting so they don't get shot as often. I shot them one other time this spring.
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    Also, Brownell's Oxpho-blue will get through remaining rust, but I think the Blue Wonder had a nicer hue when done.
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    The 'after' image is considerably better than the 'before'. You will be OK with a touch-up. Hey, it's a working gun. It's OK to have a gun that looks like areal gun and not a museum piece.
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