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How to clean filthy, slightly rusty old bolt?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by SKILCZ, Jun 1, 2013.

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  1. ridgerunner1965

    ridgerunner1965 Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    the iodine i used was called biosentry iodine disenfectant.it is used in the poultry industry for foot baths and as a disenfectant when washing the plastic waterers used in turkey houses. im not sure if its purchase is regulated. a freind going out of the poultry business gave me a gallon. i was simply amazed at its rust removeing properties.its very concentrated and about the consistency of maple syrup. i doesnt seem to attack the metal just the rust.but i would imagine it would removeing blueing or other finishes as well so beware.
  2. YZ

    YZ member

    Nov 10, 2012
    good to know another nontoxic option. I avoid industrial cleaners when possible
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Parts washer is my first choice.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    This has been ongoing for over two weeks.

    It's hard for me to imagine what the OP's bolt must look like if he hasn't got it cleaned up with Hoppe's #9 and Flitz polish by now!!

    Post a picture of it!!!
    So all of us can get a clue what insurmountable problem on a .22 rifle bolt you are dealing with!!

  5. twofifty

    twofifty Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Who knows - maybe it's been dremelled to death. ;)

    HEAVY METAL 1 Member

    Jan 18, 2005
    perhaps tossing it in a reloader's tumbler w/ walnut media. I did that to a couple of dies I picked up at a gunshow and it spiffed them up quite nicely; not brand spanking new looking, but vastly improved.
  7. Rule3

    Rule3 Member

    Jan 26, 2010
    You got that right:eek:

    I have never seen so many bizarre suggestions to clean rust off a bolt. Did anyone mention the soak it in Coca Cola like in the old days to remove rusted lug nuts??:rolleyes:
  8. Dave Bulla

    Dave Bulla Member

    May 4, 2010
    Lots of options already and it's likely I'm posting too late to do you any good but here goes my 2 cents.

    For any gunk, I'd be using various solvents or detergents like already mentioned. i.e. Hoppes, Kroil, Simple Green etc. along with a scotch brite pad or some 0000 steel wool. Water won't hurt the metal if you use something to either dry it or displace the water after you are done.

    For the rust, I've been using some really cool stuff for a while now that will remove all rust with zero effort, just a little time to soak. It's called "Evapo-Rust" and is pretty much totally harmless to get on you, you don't need gloves or a mask either. Just soak the parts until the rust is gone and then rinse with water. I've been using the heck out of it on used reloading dies I buy for cheap because they have light surface rust and they come out like new.

    If you are interested, I did a "product review" on another forum. I don't have anything to do with the product but the forum was new at the time and they were asking members to review items they used related to shooting so I did the Evapo-Rust review. Anyway, here's a link.


    Oh, one thing I need to mention though. Since doing the review I've experimented a little bit more to determine if this stuff will remove blueing on gun parts or make parts change color. I've done quite a few of the old Lee Loader kits which have some parts blued and some not. I've decided that it WILL take off the blue (at least on the Lee parts, never tried it on an actual gun part) but I've also found that it will blacken some parts. Namely anything that is "hardened" steel.

    An example would be the bits that go in a ratcheting screwdriver. I had a bunch of them that got all rusted in a toolbox and when I soaked them in Evapo-Rust, they came out perfectly rust free and jet black. I also did some snap ring pliers of the non interchangeable tip type. All of the black (I assume the industrial black finish on these tools is just a form of blueing) on the pliers came off but the actual tips that are hardened turned black.

    Anyway, most auto part stores have it (for sure O'Reilly's) and it runs about $18 for a gallon but also comes in quart size for around $7 or $8. I run mine through a paper towel or coffee filter and put it back in the jug. I've used it maybe ten or fifteen times and it has darkened some and has an odor but it still works.
  9. rodregier

    rodregier Member

    Aug 5, 2007
    Halifax,NS Canada
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