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Pitting and Rust on a rifle

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by dirt_j00, Nov 29, 2012.

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  1. dirt_j00

    dirt_j00 Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    Montgomery, AL
    Hi All:

    I'm looking at purchasing a rifle that has some pitting and rust on the barrel and receiver. It is not deep but is fairly sizable. Largest spot is the size of two quarters.

    What are my options for repairing the pitting? And then once repaired, am I limited to a GunKote or Parkerized finish, or can it be re-blued?

    This is not a "fine" piece or antique, just a project to piddle with and add to my collection.

    If there is a good tutorial or some-such online somewhere, please point me in the right direction.

    Thank you very much!
  2. Mac's

    Mac's Member

    Dec 27, 2003
    The problem with filling the pitted area in with some type of material, is that the material used will not react the same as the rest of the metal to surface conversion finishes. (Bluing, Parkerizing, etc) The end result will be a very splotchy finish. A surface coating type finish...if it's a quality firearms type finish and applied properly... will cover those areas and make them be invisible.

    I use a steel based epoxy for those types of jobs. I prep the metal, Parkerize it all, clean those pitted areas very well, glob/smear the epoxy on and then treat it like body work on a dented car fender. After it's all even and smooth, apply the coating. The pitted areas are invisible...if it's all done properly. Keep yer powder dry, Mac.
    Tuff-Gun Finishes. The Name Says It All.
    Mac's Shootin' Irons
  3. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    Is it light enough that bead blasting (not grit) would conceal it?
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