Cleaning up old bluing ?

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Longbow, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    567
    Aug 15, 2018
    thinking of picking up an older 1954 Colt lightweight Commander.

    The slide has some small marks/surface rust...

    What would you guys suggest for cleaning it up, without polishing or removing any of the bluing ?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. team101

    team101 Active Member

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    Jul 31, 2017
    I soak rusty guns in oil for a few days to soften the rust, buff it off with 0000 wool, and repeat.
     

  3. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    567
    Aug 15, 2018
    Wont the steel wool remove the bluing or mar the surface, even with a very light hand ?
     
  4. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Use brass wool, it's softer than steel and won't scratch.
     
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  5. team101

    team101 Active Member

    90
    Jul 31, 2017
    I've never had any problems. Don't use anything more abrasive than 0000, keep the surface wet with oil and use light pressure. I've done this on everything from 1950's shotguns to newer production revolvers and the bluing is preserved.

    ETA I've used brass and steel wool
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2019
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