Airbrush Artist
January 16, 2013, 09:57 AM
I found 2 small spots of rust on the cylinder and frame of My 38 Detective Special appreciate any input as too what steps too take ,its a 1973 Model,the only

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January 16, 2013, 10:48 AM
Well, it was explained to me, by a wise guru on this forum, to use a brass cartridge case, rub gently until the rust is gone. I had a couple of small spots on my revolver, I used a spent .22 case, quickly removed the spots. I then oiled the spots, it won't replace the bluing, but may keep the rust from growing deeper and bigger. Maybe try cold bluing to cover these spots?

January 16, 2013, 08:16 PM
Here's how I did it in the shop.

Get a penetrating fluid like Kroil, or CLP Breakfree. Kroil is best and can be bought from Brownell's or many gun shops.
Liberally soak the areas in the fluid and let soak for at least 24 hours. This will penetrate, soften, and lift the rust.

After soaking apply more fluid and then scrub with a brass "toothbrush".
This will remove the rust without damaging the remaining bluing.
You can also use a brass scraper as above.
DON'T use coins. Too many are not soft metals like the old ones and may damage the gun.

After removal of the rust, there will be missing blue and small pits which you can't do anything about short of a full refinishing.
Wipe the metal clean and apply a thin coat of CLP Breakfree. This will prevent further rust, will "work" on any remaining rust, and will protect the metal.

Airbrush Artist
January 17, 2013, 09:05 AM
Thanks men

January 25, 2013, 07:37 PM
BRONZE wool and gun oil.

January 25, 2013, 08:47 PM
0000 Extra-fine steel wool & oil used gently.

Once the rust is gone and neutralized, use something that will stay in the bottom of the pits and block oxygen & mosture to prevent it starting to rust again.

CLP or gun oil isn't it.

Use R.I.G..

Or Johnsons Paste Floor Wax.


January 28, 2013, 01:06 AM
0000 steel wool is the miracle worker for rust.

Use an LED light - easier to pick up on the rust colors with the color range of LED's, vs. incandescent bulbs. Rust color tends to stand out more.

Also, if you're not sure you got it all, take a picture of the gun with a digital camera using the flash. You'll see rust clear as day.

February 10, 2013, 11:01 PM
CorrosionX will get under any water, bond to the metal and stop rust. It does very well in rust prevention comparisons, better than CLP. Eezox does well also, but I can find CorrosionX locally.

February 11, 2013, 02:24 PM
My FFL showed me Stainless Steel Wool (lightly)and Balistol or Kroil - did a Steyr slide with rust on it and it worked really well. I imagine brass wool would work nice too.

February 11, 2013, 04:59 PM
I've occasionally found little spots on several guns, here and there. I've never had 0000 mess up a finish or fail to remove the rust.

I *will* offer one more piece of advice though. Blow it out with an air compressor after you are done! Otherwise little itty bits of steel wool you can't even see without magnification will collect in various spots, and probably start rusting over time.

As mentioned above, stainless steel wool will cure that particular headache, but it don't take long to hit it with the air hose, either.

dagger dog
February 13, 2013, 06:34 PM
I have had brass transfer from the brass scraper ,wool,etc,to the blueing of the firearm, and it's very hard to remove once it transfers.

0000 steel wool with Kroil as others state ued with common sense will not harm the finish and will remove the rust.

After that is done use a wax to protect the finish.

February 17, 2013, 01:16 PM
I was glad to see rc mentioned RIG. It's was the only thing I ever used in my gunshop from 1970 to 2000. Glad to see it's still alive and stong----like me!:)

February 18, 2013, 03:19 PM
Yeah RIG is excellent stuff. Especially the convenient RIG rag. Dunno what I'd do without it.

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