Remove Rust From a Gun
By Steven T. Remington
rust from a gun without damaging the finish can be quite tricky if
you aren't familiar with the process, but there are a couple easy
methods that can be used that will save you time and energy. If the
rust isn't very bad you may only need to spend 5 minutes. If there
is serious rusting it could take 20 minutes per day for a few weeks.
Keeping your gun free of rust helps preserve your gun's beauty and
value, and it will help keep it functioning properly.
Here is how:
* Get your gun oil out. I sometimes
use "Inhibitor" but whatever you normally use to lube up your guns
to prevent rust. Also head on over to the
and pick up some fine steel wool. You will want to get 00 steel wool
normally found in the paint department. Once you get those 2 things
find a nice comfortable spot where the gun can lay down without
being scratched if the gun should slide around a bit. Newspapers on
a work bench or a towel will work fine.
* Check to see if your gun is loaded.
If it is, unload it.
* Apply oil directly on and around
any rust spots.
* Now apply oil onto the 00 steel
wool and gently rub the rusty areas. You won't need to rub hard just
nice and softly working the wool back and forth.
* Have a rag handy and occasionally
remove the oil and inspect the surface. The oil will turn brown if
any of the rust is being removed. So wipe off the dirty oil
occasionally and reapply clean oil onto rusty spots.
* Repeat as necessary until all the
rust is gone. Sometimes you may want to lube up the gun and put it
away for a couple of days and work at it again if the rust is real
bad. Sometimes the outer surface of the rust needs to be loosened
over time by the oil.
* This process will not harm the
"bluing" on your rifle. Just be sure to not scrub so hard you'll
scratch the finish. Firmly is fine, but remember it isn't
necessarily strength that will remove the rust, but rather
persistence, patience, and time.
*Once you remove all the rust, make
sure to coat all steel surfaces of your gun with oil, using a clean
rag, after each use.
By Steven Remington