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    Default Removing rust

    My son has some rifles that suffered rust damage while in storage. It appears to him to be surface rust. What is the best manner for removing this? I thought maybe a very fine steel wool and some WD40 for lubricant.

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    youtube is your friend .

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    Sometimes perhaps, but there is equally as much bad info there as good. So I thought I would ask some professionals.
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    Search C&Rsenal or avil 037 .

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    My son has some rifles that suffered rust damage while in storage. It appears to him to be surface rust. What is the best manner for removing this? I thought maybe a very fine steel wool and some WD40 for lubricant.

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    Are they collectibles?

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    Default Refinishing or removing surface rust

    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    My son has some rifles that suffered rust damage while in storage. It appears to him to be surface rust. What is the best manner for removing this? I thought maybe a very fine steel wool and some WD40 for lubricant.

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    Are the firearms in question blued?
    Are they old?
    Are they historical?

    Steel wool can be a fast way to destroy the finish. If the gun is old that is catastrophic, because it can never be original twice...

    Mark Novak has a number on videos on youtube describing how he has recovered and restored blued finished. He seems to have that down to a science so I will just say go watch Mark.

    If you don't care if the finish is ruined then just do whatever floats your boat. In the end it's your stuff but if any of these are or may become collectible, then I would ask that you do what you can to preserve them for history.

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    I have had good results applying brake fluid, letting it soak in, and lightly rub with fine steel wool. The brake fluid tends to lift the rust.

    Don't try and get the patina off, that is what assures its authenticity.

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    Not collectibles.
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    I have had good results using a copper brush and WD40. Copper brush does less damage to blueing than steel wool IMHE.

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