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Old 09-21-2018, 06:54 PM
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Default Rust spot on my stainless steel revolver

I'm a little surprised tonight as I was giving my guns their regular oil baths and I found a very small rust stain on my S&W stainless revolver. I've had this gun for years and it's on of my favorites. I keep it oiled, and I have no idea how this little rust spot developed. Anyways, I'm trying to figure out how to clean it off without disturbing the metal around it. I've read baking soda and water is a common treatment, but I wanted to ask THT, as I'm sure someone else has had this issue. I'm trying not to use anything abrasive, but I don't know if that can be avoided. Any experts?
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Flitz polish should take it off.
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If it isn't pitted, try a pencil eraser or piece of wood with a little gun oil. Do not use 0000 steel wool. It will work at first but will leave steel particles. Do a Google because there are a lot of good suggestions out there including toothpaste.

Here's one that is good.

https://www.thehighroad.org/index.ph...el-gun.241677/
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Vinegar and soda should make the rust bubble loose. The vinegar should tarnish ss like it will carbon steel.
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I'd try a cleaning cloth with your favorite gun oil and just rub it off. Also put one of these humidity absorbers in the safe for preventive maintenance
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Brasso and a Q-tip. Had this several times. It’s limited to the surface so a little rubbing and it’s gone.

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Originally Posted by Chris Craft Cutlass View Post
I'd try a cleaning cloth with your favorite gun oil and just rub it off. Also put one of these humidity absorbers in the safe for preventive maintenance
I buy bags of DampRid but also use the Goldenrods that work pretty good as well.

https://www.amazon.com/Goldenrod-725731-Original-Dehumidifier-18-Inch/dp/B00CYBDFWI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1537586779&sr=8-2&keywords=goldenrod+original+dehumidifier&dpID=31EXl4fQZ2L&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch https://www.amazon.com/Goldenrod-725731-Original-Dehumidifier-18-Inch/dp/B00CYBDFWI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1537586779&sr=8-2&keywords=goldenrod+original+dehumidifier&dpID=31EXl4fQZ2L&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
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Thanks for all your input gentlemen. Much appreciated!
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Send it in to S&W. Great company. Betcha they will fix it for nothing but shipping. I got some small parts on an out of stock .22 pistol and they wouldn't charge me.
Call them first and tell them what you have. (Get a pic ready)
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Barkeepers friend. Or any stainless steel cleaning you can buy for appliances. It really isn’t a big deal and normal.
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Originally Posted by Lone Ono View Post
Brasso and a Q-tip. Had this several times. It’s limited to the surface so a little rubbing and it’s gone.
Worked for me and Now every time I buy something with silica packets, I put them in the case with all my guns. Damp rid is ok but you have to empty it from time to time and I forget if its not hunting season.
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Stainless doen't mean it won't rust.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Stainless doen't mean it won't rust.
Yep. "Stainless" just means it will stain less.
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E-Z Brite wonder cloth for stainless steel revolvers may work. Company name is ADCO. The product is designed for carbon and lead buildup on the cylinder face, and works well, but may work for rust also.
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Just bear in mind that “stainless” does not mean “rust proof”

the root cause of the rust spot could be a particle of partially burnt powder, or damp dust or anything that could hold moisture against the metal or something acidic etc.... in my case, my sweat has something in it that strongly promotes rust (often after a workout stinks strongly of ammonia, and probably acidic)- if I leave a fingerprint on stainless, within a short period it becomes permanent - just wiping oil over the top doesn’t help, gotta wipe off with clean water first.
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Originally Posted by mickt243 View Post
Just bear in mind that “stainless” does not mean “rust proof”

the root cause of the rust spot could be a particle of partially burnt powder, or damp dust or anything that could hold moisture against the metal or something acidic etc.... in my case, my sweat has something in it that strongly promotes rust (often after a workout stinks strongly of ammonia, and probably acidic)- if I leave a fingerprint on stainless, within a short period it becomes permanent - just wiping oil over the top doesn’t help, gotta wipe off with clean water first.
You might be some kind of superhero with that toxic sweat! But seriously, I think you're right, the gun stays in the safe for months at a time between wipedowns and I'll bet the last time I put it back in it's box, a small piece of foreign material must've found its way in there to rest against it.
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does your safe have a dehumidifier in it?
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
does your safe have a dehumidifier in it?
And is it inside the house. A garage is a horrible spot for a gun safe, if that happens to be the case.
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The safe is in the house. BUT....I moved out of SC in the middle of the summer this year, and the guns were packed in the bed of my truck for the 2 day trip to Indiana. So, they were exposed to summer humidity for about 24 hours. I should've immediately oiled them after the trip I suppose.
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
does your safe have a dehumidifier in it?
No, I guess I should get one

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