corrosion proofing/treating


June 10, 2003, 05:24 PM
when i lived in GA i had this problem on my smith 915. liberal amounts of CLP an a weekly scrubbin kept it in check. (sucked it i went to the field for the month. after a while i bought a pistol box that was foam padded an kept it........kinda (well for lack of term) wet with CLP.

problem now is my closet Mossberg is getting a corrosion on the barrel. bi monthly scrubs does keep it in check but what can i do to prevent this. any coatings that are reasonable in cost and effective in the life of the weapon are what im looking for.

Robar? is that any good?
self bluing kits?
camo tape wraps?

please include pricing, turn around times, and durability this ol M 500 pulls truck duty alot too.

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June 11, 2003, 01:08 AM
The best product I've ever used is called "Fluid Film" which I think is made in Canada. It comes in a gold coloured spray can with a red plastic cap. It desolves light rust and then leaves a gummy residue that guards against further corrosion. It's not cheap, but it's well worth the extra money. Auto parts store might carry it. I use it on everything, not just my guns. The generic name of the formula is 'wool-wax', but I haven't yet tried to polish sheep with it ...

( A product called "LPS 3" is a close second and it's less expensive.)

June 11, 2003, 06:38 AM
I moved to Virginia about 13 years ago. Got a dose of reality when the humidity started rustin every gun I had at the time. It took about 7 years worth of experimentation, but I've found two things work well, and are reasonably priced but easy to do.

For guns that see alot of safe time, simple cooking vegetable oil does the trick. A moderate coat on the externals with an old pair of underwear does the trick. Keep the bolt closed during storage and stick a vegetable oil-soaked rag in the muzzle. The latter is probably not necessary, but why not do it anyway?

For daily/weekly use firearms, I finish off the cleaning with a heavy coat of aerosol white lithium grease, available at any hardware or auto store for about $4 a can. Coat all parts heavily before reassembly, and wipe them off, leaving a thin residue. Lasts a good couple months if you're as lazy about cleaning as I am at times.

If I see a little flash rust forming on a gun, I dampen a paper towel with vegetable oil and wipe'r down a little. Keeps it in check.

June 11, 2003, 10:56 AM
CorrosionX ( seems to work well for me, not that I have this problem much here in Colorado.

CorrosionX oil and bronze wool from Brownells really works well for removing rust from blued guns.

June 11, 2003, 04:05 PM
thanks. but what about an ...aftermarket refinishing?
not bluing but something else

June 13, 2003, 06:17 AM
I've got a hard chromed 1911 slide that doesn't rust. Ugly, but doesn't rust. I believe hard chrome is available more colors than just "chrome" though.

That might get you going in the right direction, but you're talking big bucks going that route.

Al Thompson
June 13, 2003, 07:36 AM
Brownell's has a do it yourself spray on polymer finish. To do it rigght you have to bake the finish. Reports are that it's a bit of a pain to do, but seems to work well.

June 13, 2003, 08:04 AM
For something like a Mossberg 500 spray paint works great on the exterior. The interior can be coated with your favorite oil/grease and it will be fine. Flat black looks suprisingly good on a 500.

For more expensive guns subject to more handling hard chrome is the way to go. It is the toughest plating out there, or is the base for the super exotic coatings. "Tripp Research" and "Accurate Plating and Weaponry" typed into the search here should give you plenty of reading, if not do the same over on The Firing Line as it was discussed plenty over there too.

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