Cleaning the rust spots off my 1911?


October 6, 2010, 03:58 AM
I have a Springfield (full size) 1911, and it got wet from a surprise rainstorm at the range, now I'm stuck with roughly a dozen unsightly rust spots on the slide. How do I get rid of them?

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October 6, 2010, 04:03 AM
Welcome to The High Road!

It easier to keep them off than to get them off, but you've already learned that lesson.

Try rubbing lightly with oil and 0000 steel wool. Is it pitted, or just light surface rust?

Animal Mother
October 6, 2010, 07:41 AM
Sport45 is absolutely right, some 0000 (ultra fine) steel wool and a liberal amount of gun oil will get rid of unsightly rust spots.

October 6, 2010, 08:00 AM
After using the 0000 wool if you have any pits take a #2 pencil and use the carbon and write the rust away.

I have been in soaking rain on two occasions with my 1911 but have always used Breakfree clp which even when the gun looks dry it is still coated with a protective layer of PTFE. There are other products that protect but that is what my friends and I use.

October 6, 2010, 09:13 PM
Thanks guys, the wool worked great, it wasn't pitted.. just a little surface rust. What kind of open carry holster to think is best? I noticed that the plastic one Springfield gave me left me a weird mark.

October 10, 2010, 11:21 PM
Open carry with a 1911A1? I like a GI flap holster.

To prevent rust, get some Johnson's Pate Wax and a toothbrush, and wax that baby down. Make sure to remove the grips and wax that area.

Then wipe it down with a T shirt rag to get all the wax off.

It works in the Oregon rains. Wax that holster too, inside and out.

Mac's Precision
October 11, 2010, 01:23 AM
I like to keep several pieces of bronze wool on hand for removing rust. The bronze will never harm your bluing and you can scrub away with gusto if need be. Lubricate your scrubbing action with your favorite gun oil. After cleaning the rust off be sure to clean the surface well with Hoppies...or some such cleaner to totally remove all traces of bronze and rust particles. You don't want to spread oily rust residue all over the affected parts. Get them clean and then oil well.


October 11, 2010, 02:05 AM
Spray it with Corrosion X let it soak than use 0000 steel wool. I use the marine grade on all my weapons.

Mac's Precision
October 11, 2010, 02:16 AM
"I use the marine grade on all my weapons."

You are talking about the green can non drying brown stuff? Isn't that a little bit tacky and goopey for anything other than long term storage?


October 12, 2010, 09:49 PM
Thanks. Btw, any thoughts on the night sights available for it?

October 13, 2010, 04:21 PM
I highly recommend Eezox ( to protect that metal. Best stuff I've ever seen.

October 16, 2010, 12:49 PM
Anyone have any experience with Naval Jelly Rust Dissolver?

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