-- The Home Page of the Finishing Industry

on this site
current topics
Live! From Pine Beach NJ: The world's most popular metal finishing website, and the internet's friendliest corner

topic 60858

Stainless steel rust removal and polishing

September 26, 2018

Q. Okay so first things first, I found your forum through a google search and though I didn't find an answer to my question, ended up reading for over an hour before posting this. Very informative. With that out of the way here's the current situation.

I recently bought a Springfield 1911 A1 stainless steel model. I got a fantastic deal and the gun is in relatively good condition for being 15 years old. I noticed quite a few scratches along some of the flats of the slide area, along with what appeared to be minor surface rust (I really thought it would come off with a bit of gun oil and elbow grease) two hours later some rust gone but no joy. After researching online I'm not sure what to do. I want the rust gone but am worried about damaging the finish. The gun has two different finishes and both have accumulated some rust spots. The flat portions of the gun are more refined and shined. I wouldn't say mirror finish by any stretch but definitely have a shine to them. The contoured portions of the gun, the top and rounded underside of the slide are both more of a matte almost bead blasted finish. Does anyone have any ideas for rust removal that won't damage the two different finishes?

Steven Crisp
Hobbyist - Shawnee, Oklahoma / United States

Stellar Solutions

A. Hi Steven. I'm not a gun hobbyist, so unfamiliar with model numbers, but it's pretty common to have some areas polished and some glass bead blasted for a more matte finish, so I'll guess that's what you've got.

The stainless will need to be passivated to prevent re-rusting, and a citric acid passivation formula may remove very light rust. If not, you can use Barkeepers Friend [linked by editor to product info at Amazon] before the passivation.


pic of Ted Mooney
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey
We need "Aloha" now more than ever

November 9, 2018

Hello Steven. Sounds like a beautiful rifle. Stainless rust removal is quite easy.

Barry's Restore It All Products, an advertiser here, has a very effective solution for this called the EZ Shine Polishing Cloth ( Everything you need is in the cloth to remove and protect from further rusting. Also works great on blue steel and wood stocks. Good shooting.

Barry Feinman

Barry Feinman
supporting advertiser
Carlsbad, California

If you have a question in mind which seems off topic, please Search the Site

ADD a Q, A, or Comment on THIS topic START an UNRELATED topicView CURRENT HOT TOPICS

Disclaimer: It's not possible to diagnose a finishing problem or the hazards of an operation via these pages. All information presented is for general reference and does not represent a professional opinion nor the policy of an author's employer. The internet is largely anonymous & unvetted; some names may be fictitious and some recommendations may be deliberately harmful.

  If you need a product/service, please check these Directories:

JobshopsCapital Equip. & Install'nChemicals & Consumables Consult'g, Train'g, SoftwareEnvironmental ComplianceTesting Svcs. & Devices

©1995-2019, Inc., Pine Beach, NJ   -   About   -  Privacy Policy
How Google uses data when you visit this site.