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Old 03-09-2009, 07:00 AM
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I pulled out an old Remington 1187 that I haven't put my hands on in 10 years. To my dismay I found a fair amount of surface rust on the gun when i took it out of the case. I am trying to clean it up. Gun Scrubber and a rag worked a little. I am thinking maybe a real fine steel wool might work. I am concerned about taking off the finish though. Any thoughts on this matter would be appreciated.
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I use a barrel brush with synthetic bristles on it, and some cheap gun oil, for that on my 11-87. Takes a little while. Love the gun, but that matte, or parkerized, finish on it bad about "rusting". Finally learned to rub it down with a little WD-40 after each use.

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Use oil saturated steelwool to clean it. A plain ole eraser will work but it can remove some of the blueing. If it is just a few spots that the finish is gone then you can use cold blueing to touch them up but I don't think that it makes a good finish for larger areas.
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If its blue, the XXXXX steel wool and corrosion X or Hoppes will take i of, be gentle. AFter, you can cold blue that area if the finish comes off (not perfect, but hey. . .) if its that black finish, same, but you can use one of those "Gun Black" pens to touch it up. (Birchwood Casey I think?????)
I would NOT recommend wd-40 as a protectant, especially for long term storage. Use corrosion-x or gun coat etc.
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If it's light surface rust do as the others said. Steel Wool and Hoppes.

To prevent it from happenng again give it a good coat of Rem Oil and DO NOT STORE IT IN THE CASE.
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Use these to store guns. An excellent product and price.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...233&hasJS=true
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I used Breakfree on my 45 years ago. Apply and let soak, repeat a few times a week.
Then don't store it in the case again as mentioned.

I leave an oiled rag next to my blue guns just to wipe them down without having to make a production out of it.
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Thanks for the advise everyone.
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Try bronze wool it does not rust. The steel wool fibers will rust.

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