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hunterman1
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Posted - 12/18/2015 :  10:08:56 AM  Show Profile Send hunterman1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is there anything better than CLP and a toothbrush for removing rust?

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bonnie
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Posted - 12/18/2015 :  12:33:47 PM  Show Profile Send bonnie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Surface rust only? I use WD40 or similar penetrating oil and a small piece of wood. Doesn't mar any surrounding finish. Also have a couple of rust erasers but these are more abrasive.
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Tuna
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Posted - 12/18/2015 :  8:40:12 PM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
WD-40 is NOT a penetrating oil or a lubricant. It is a water displacement. Get some brass wool and use it like steel wool with oil or CLP. It won't hurt the finish but will remove the rust.
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lemaymiami
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Posted - 12/19/2015 :  06:58:13 AM  Show Profile Send lemaymiami a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My go to for rust removal is Kroil (a light penetrating oil - a bit old fashioned but still very effective)-apply liberally on the rusted area then allow the piece to sit for a day or two, then use brass wool with more Kroil to carefully work the rust away. I have also used an old copper penny on heaver rust to work it free - use the edge of the penny lightly on the rust only...

In my case I've only used this routine on blued surfaces -the last time with 0000 steel wool, not the softer brass wool (old Smith & Wesson) -I have no idea how it would work on a parkerized surface...
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Krag1899
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Posted - 02/08/2016 :  08:33:48 AM  Show Profile Send Krag1899 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Google a product called Big 45. It is a material that looks like tin foil or a Brillo pad. When you rub this material on your rusted part you will be amazed. I have used it on old shotguns, rifles and pistils that had corrosion and accumulated surface rust and could not believe how it worked. It absolutely WILL NOT, hurt your existing finish no matter how hard you rub.
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Krag1899
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Posted - 02/08/2016 :  08:37:52 AM  Show Profile Send Krag1899 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Google a product called Big 45. It is a material that looks like tin foil or a Brillo pad. When you rub this material on your rusted part you will be amazed. I have used it on old shotguns, rifles and pistils that had corrosion and accumulated surface rust and could not believe how it worked. It absolutely WILL NOT, hurt your existing finish no matter how hard you rub.
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jimb16
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Posted - 02/08/2016 :  6:12:13 PM  Show Profile Send jimb16 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Brass wool or bronze wool with penetrating oil work best. And if they do mark the finish, ordinary gun solvent will remove the metallic marking.

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Edited by - jimb16 on 02/08/2016 6:12:58 PM
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Loose Noose
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USA
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Posted - 04/08/2016 :  7:59:06 PM  Show Profile Send Loose Noose a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've always used WD-40 and 4-0 steel wool and lightly rubbed the rusted area with excellent results. Used properly it will not remove the bluing and then can be wiped clean and clp can be applied.
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Meckanic
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Posted - 01/18/2017 :  11:14:45 AM  Show Profile Send Meckanic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In the past I have done Reverse Electrolysis to remove surface rust. If the metal is rust pitted, it will stay pitted. It was also remove bluing so if you are going to do it, the finish will be trashed.
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LarryG
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Posted - 02/05/2017 :  11:43:50 AM  Show Profile Send LarryG a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I still use Kroil, after soaking liberally and removing rust with cotton rag Ill follow with NevrDull. Always go with the least invasive materials to preserve finish.
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