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I bought a .357 Handi last year and when I looked at it on the shelf I noticed had a little brownish haze on it. I didn't think it was a big deal. When I picked it up some months later it was a rusty haze over it and the guy behind the counter was trying to be slick and wipe it off. I didn't make a big deal of it then. But a couple weeks ago I left my rifle in my trunk overnight and it actually never came out the back since I didn't make it to the range but the receiver was covered in a rusty haze. So I cleanded it up again and this time I noticed that finish appears to be a pretty light coating and the sheen of the metal seems to show through it.


I guess I will go compare it to my other .357 but I haven't noticed any rust issues like this on any other firearm that I own.



My questions...


What can I do about it?


Do I need to have it stripped and refinished to stop it from rusting up?


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The duracoat fans will be along soon to explain it. :) I have a second hand receiver that has it on, but all my others are factory finish. I have never worried about tiny bits of freckles on my oldest ones but I do understand if you live on a coast or where humidity is pretty high how it could haunt you if you don't do something to get it under control. Hope you can get it taken care of and be happy with it. - Brent
 

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You could refinish the bluing, maybe that would help.

Seems like I remember someone (Quick maybe?) bragging on some type of metal lube/treatment that prevents rust. (Ezeox or something. . .)

You could clean it up good (get rid of all rust and oils) and paint it with Rust-Oleum. Lots have done that.

Seems like Sourdough had troubles like that after he dropped his in the river, can't remember what he did.

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The H&R/NEF receiver is small enough or one of the bake on coatings Brownells sells. These work great for small parts bUt the down fall is the "cooking" required. Large parts dont fit in mini ovens that fit on the counter top. DO NOT USE MOMMAS IN YOUR KITCHEN!!!

The small receiver will fit just fine and will come out GREAT if you follow the easy directions.

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I like duracoat and ceracoat. Duracoat sells a DIY kit but, if applied properly, Rustoleum works very well too.

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Lazi - Is it the smoother bluing or the powdery rough finish on your receiver? I have some that are the rougher powder coat or whatever that finish is, and I notice they scratch way easier than a traditional bluing does. Still operate fine but don't stay as "Purdy" as long.
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http://wd40specialist.com/products/corrosion-inhibitor/

I found this at the local Home Depot and have been using it on the outside of these black oxide sb1 frames. Seems to be doing a good job. Also putting a thin coat on the outside of the blued barrels. Comes out of the can thick so a small glop of it can be wiped over a large area.
 

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WD40 Specialist is a vast improvement over the old WD40, which has been nicknamed "the gunsmiths friend" for some of the problems it causes. (Brings a lot of work through the door)
If using WD40 Spec. DO NOT GET IT ON PLASTIC! It will irritate the surface on large plastic parts and melt the smaller bits to a point where they are unusable.

I did a similar "acid test" on gun care products many years ago, although admittedly not as extensive as others have done. Since then I have done a total cleaning and preserved my firearms with Break-Free/CLP with satisfactory results. Mind you, I do not leave my guns outside but they hold up through days of wet weather before getting cleaned again.

For a simple finish restoration on a typical off-the-shelf gun (never on anything truly collectible) look into "Van's Instant Gun Blue" out of Bloomer, Wisconsin. Follow the easy directions and be a little patient. It should not only hide the thin spots but will blend well with the existing finish. It's also much more durable than most 'cold blue' products available and doesn't have that rotten egg tell-tale smell to it.
 

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I discovered years ago I tend to have 'acid hands' and must wipe down a gun after I handle it. It has become a habit and all my gear includes a recycled Rx bottle with a wipe down cloth. Mine tend to be old cotton squares coated with Balistol now, but Ive used everything from WD40 and ATF thinned with odorless mineral spirits with success. Just do it frequently.
The H&R finish is sad, it grows rust and has no depth. Buff it out with 0000 steel wool, degrease 2 or 3 times and coat with a cold blue, like the Van's mentioned by JB and henceforth do as I have done.
http://www.ballistol.com/uses/firearm-cleaning-lubricant/
 

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This is a SB1 receiver that came with a .357. It has the rough powdery looking finish on it. I compared it to my other receiver with the same.coating and it appears they just didn't apply the coating on as thick as they should have. It's a very thin coating. So thin you can see the sheen of the metal underneath through it. This receiver appears to be shiny and brownish up close where the other receiver is pitch black with a fairly thick appearance to coating. I guess maybe they were at the bottom of a tank on a late Friday when they did this one or something. It is coated fairly even but just thin. Sucks...

I may just put this one up to refinish it on rainy day. I can't keep opening my rifle case up to a rusty surprise.

I have two SB2.receivers and another SB1 so I guess I will just swap around until I decide what I want to do with this rust bracket. I actually want some sort of all weather rifle for the rainy days so I might just do the whole thing in some sort of protective coating. I was thinking of buying a stainless rifle down the road but this is giving me a few ideas.
 

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Gcrank, I think I might have the "acid hands" as well. It's not extreme or anything but I have noticed that I can manage to leave a spot or two on a spotless 30 year old rifle. I have actually been planning to go with Balistol as my primary cleaner and lubricant. I also have gotten to where I keep a oily rag handy and wipe down my firearms for no particular reasons.
 

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cwlongshot said:
The H&R/NEF receiver is small enough or one of the bake on coatings Brownells sells. These work great for small parts bUt the down fall is the "cooking" required. Large parts dont fit in mini ovens that fit on the counter top. DO NOT USE MOMMAS IN YOUR KITCHEN!!!

The small receiver will fit just fine and will come out GREAT if you follow the easy directions.

CW
hey cw, do you have to take the receiver apart before baking?


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vvllbs said:
cwlongshot said:
The H&R/NEF receiver is small enough or one of the bake on coatings Brownells sells. These work great for small parts bUt the down fall is the "cooking" required. Large parts dont fit in mini ovens that fit on the counter top. DO NOT USE MOMMAS IN YOUR KITCHEN!!!

The small receiver will fit just fine and will come out GREAT if you follow the easy directions.

CW
hey cw, do you have to take the receiver apart before baking?


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i DONT IMAGION YOU "HAVE TO" but with the prep work thats likely needed, to prepare it for the finish I for one would completely disassemble...


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i don't think those plastic triggerguards
are very oven friendly. . . . :(
 

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I'll add another to the list. I've used FP-10 for the last 10 plus years. It does real well for me. It has a metal penitrator built in that I like. I was never a big fan of the "CLP" type cleaner/ lub, but this changed my mind. Years ago when I was coaching a high power team we would soak new ar bolts over night in it and after a match the carbon would wipe off. now it is on every metal surface I own.
 
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