Rust on Gun !!! What to do ???


September 6, 2007, 08:43 PM
So I took my 1911 out of the safe today... rust :uhoh:
There were some tiny spots on the side of the gun, not much, but enough to make me concerned. There was also some rust inside the grip where the magazine sits, as well as some on the mag itself.

My knee jerk reaction: scrub it off, and dump a ton of oil all over the gun.

My fault I think... I shot it few weeks ago, and didn't clean it after the range trip... it's just annoying, I shoot 3 to 4 guns every range trip, and cleaning them every time is a pain.

So what can I do? Apply oil all over the gun AFTER I shoot it? After I wipe it down a bit of course.

I'm in South FL and it's humid as h*ll down here. What can I do?

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September 6, 2007, 09:02 PM
CLP, as long as it is just some surface spots and not pitting it should remove it no problem. It has worked for me.

September 6, 2007, 09:04 PM
If you didn't get it off, use some 000 or finer steel wool and some rem oil, that worked for me. All I do to prevent rust is rub the gun down with oil after shooting/cleaning and handling of the gun.

September 6, 2007, 09:48 PM
Remember that oil floats on water, so if you removed the oil on the gun when you were shooting it, the water will remain there even after you apply fresh oil. Handling the gun can remove the oil. You can wait and see if it gets a few more spots on it, or you can remove the grips and clean the gun with WD-40. Use a lot of WD-40. When that's done, wipe it off and oil it again with your favorite product.

johnny blaze
September 6, 2007, 09:52 PM
Use some of the Scotch Brite white material. It comes in small sheets and is a 1/4 inch thick pad material. Use plenty of gun oil as you rub the rusted area. It will not take much to get the rust off. Go easy as to not remove the bluing, just the rust. The Scotch Brite will not leave any material on the pistol.
After handling any firearm, you should wipe it down with a well oiled rag. Oil from your skin and sweat will make a firearm rust very quickly.
Good luck.

September 7, 2007, 01:38 AM
How is the gun stored in the safe?
This might have played a part in this gun rusting.

The Bushmaster
September 7, 2007, 10:43 AM
Everyone is telling you how to remove the rust. Let me tell you how to prevent the rust from forming on the gun while in your safe awaiting cleaning. Like you I usually take 4 to 6 guns to the range and make it an all day afair. When I get home I wipe the finger prints from the gun using a old T-shirt saturated in Hoppe's #9 gun oil and store it in its case (Doskolcil). The foam padding has, over the years, gotten somewhat oil soaked. My rifles are uncased and in the safe. I, also, have a closet dehumidifier (Willert) in the gun safe. You will note that I live in the Ozarks where humidity is high as it is in Florida...

Mr. Designer
September 7, 2007, 11:28 AM
Try Nevr-Dull Polish.

September 7, 2007, 12:28 PM
I agree with the Bushmaster, keep you guns clean and wipe them down with an oily cotton rag. I also live where there is high humidity, Rio Grand Valley which is as far south in Texas as you can go. Eric.cartman, you say cleaning you guns is a pain, if you love guns then cleaning is a part of it and should be fun also.

September 7, 2007, 02:42 PM

I live in Louisiana, so I can feel your rust pains. Buy some Eezox, apply it to the outside of your gun and the mag well, and never look back. It is simply amazing stuff.

Of course, this is for rust prevention, I don't know about the best method for rust removal.

September 7, 2007, 07:36 PM
I use CorrosionX on all my tools and guns, and nothing has ever rusted, even stuff inadvertently left out in the rain. The Navy and Coast Guard use it for corrosion protection, if that tells you anything. CorrosionX and a bit of 0000 steel wool or a white scotchbrite pad, as mentioned previously will remove the rust. Wipe down the entire gun with CorrosionX afterwards.

September 7, 2007, 07:44 PM
I'm ashamed to admit I often shoot and shove the gun back in the safe. silicone spray is a lousy lube but it does prevent rust and isn't too greasy when dry. // removing rust? how about ooo steel wool or a scotchbrite pad soaked with oil

September 7, 2007, 08:40 PM
Start applying wax to your steel guns, it is a protectant that doesn't run-off like oil will.

Since you live in FL and don't want to bothere with proper maintenance of your guns after shooting them, polymer firearms may be a better choice for you.

September 7, 2007, 09:05 PM
My fault I think... I shot it few weeks ago

Simple solution: You need to get out to the range more often!!!!:D

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