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I went for a hike today, and carried my Dan Wesson Valor with a Stainless Stan Chen Gen 2 magwell in a Hill People Gear kit bag.

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I've noticed that carrying a pistol in a HPG kit bag tends to expose your pistol to a lot of moisture because of the way it holds the gun right against your chest. When your body sweats, the vapor hits the metal and condenses. That's why I carry my stainless 1911 when using a kit bag. To be fair, I suspect most concealed carry options would expose your pistol to a lot of moisture when hiking.

Today's hike was longer hike. I walked for 7 hours. I don't know the exact mileage, but I estimate it to be at least 15 miles.

When unpacking my gear I saw this

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The stainless Stan Chen magwell is starting to rust. The rest of the valor is spotless, including the sights (which are not stainless).

Any suggestions for removing the rust?
 

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I went for a long hike today, and carried my Dan Wesson Valor with a Stainless Stan Chen Gen 2 magwell in a Hill People Gear kit bag.

I've noticed that carrying a pistol in a HPG kit bag tends to expose your pistol to a lot of moisture because of the way it holds the gun right against your chest. When your body sweats, the vapor hits the metal and condenses. That's why I carry my stainless 1911 when using a kit bag. To be fair, I suspect most concealed carry options would expose your pistol to a lot of moisture when hiking.

Today's hike was particularly long. I walked for 7 hours. I don't know the exact mileage, but I estimate it to be atWhen unpacking my gear I saw this

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My stainless Stan Chen magwell is starting to rust. The rest of the valor is spotless, including the sights (which are not stainless).

Any suggestions for removing the rust?
Send it to me Ben, I'll bead blast it for you. Next time add some renaissance wax to it or wipe down with a silicone rag or Wd-40 lightly..

Anything short of blasting will change the finish and over all texture of the part. Is definitely a SS part hmm. Not the first time I've seen SS rust probably do more to the salt in your sweat than the actual moisture..
 

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Hey Steve,
Would that probably be a 300 series stainless for the magwell & the gun a 400 series stainless?
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BTW B81, I'd send it to Steve for sure for a bead blast.

Jim D.
 

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Send it to me Ben, I'll turn it around for ya the day it gets here and send it back off in the mail the next day. I'm still using the same media I did when I originally blasted that gun...So it will be back to a perfect match...
 

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Don't use steel wool!!! Microscopic particles of steel wool will get into the stainless and be a constant source of rust! I learned this the hard way. :(
 

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Oh and Btw did you get it did you shoot it while you was out? Looks like it would of been a good area to do so. Beautiful country in your neck of the woods.
No shooting, unfortunately. This was PA State Forest land, and they forbid target shooting except at designated ranges. Even the state game lands forbid target shooting except at designated ranges. The only place I know of in PA where you can shoot where you please (subject to basic safety guidelines) is the Allegany National Forest.

I did shoot my camera. But a lot of the photos just didn't capture what it was like to be there. Much of the hike was along a river, and I have yet to figure out how to use a camera properly when photographing scenes like that.
 

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Send it to me Ben, I'll turn it around for ya the day it gets here and send it back off in the mail the next day. I'm still using the same media I did when I originally blasted that gun...So it will be back to a perfect match...
I'll PM you sometime this evening to work out the details. Thanks.
 
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Virtually every SS is rust resistant, not rust proof. And there's a gillion kinds of SS (see previous comments). I personally spray my guns that are going to be carried in an outdoor environment with a compound called TMS-301. (It's a little pricy, but then, so are most of my guns.) Then they get another wipe down after I return. I've shot very $$ shotguns in pouring down rain, and I've never had a rust issue of any sort.
 

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All better now. Big thanks to Steve O (@Integrity Arms ) for bead blasting the rust off for me. He did excellent work!

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I live on the water in SW florida, where it’s very humid for most of the year.

I carry daily, and many of my pistols are blued. I’ve used Eezox exclusively for cleaning, lube and as a protectant since probably the late ‘80’s, and have no rust on any of my guns. Even the ones that have a bit of holster wear have no rust:

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