So i've watched some videos stating you can get light surface rust off without effecting the blueing via some polish and OOOO steel wool. The surface rust on my P38 is pretty light, i don't know if you can even see it in the picture but i'm worried about taking steel wool of any fineness too it. I know plenty about rust prevention but once it's there i have no clue.
Any one a bit more experienced in rusty guns know if this would be a safe thing to do?
> ww2 bluing
> using steel wool
who told you such dumb shit?
I would not use anything more abrasive than stainless steel wool or a stainless steeel hand brush. One of those two, some penetrating oil ( wd40 or pb blaster) and elbow grease. Dont forget to lube afterwards as niether of the above mentioned oils will protect at all regardless of what it says on the can.
If you need some heavy duty stuff that wont affect your gun in any negative way, Eezox is one of the best protectants. It also gets rid of rust fairly easily while protecting the metal. Its a great product just to have, but I wouldn't really lube with it as they suggest.
I've used 0000 steel wool before, no problems. It's what I still use. Bronze wool is GOAT tier, however. Get that if you can.
Use plenty of oil. The steel and bronze wools aren't abrasive in the same manner sand paper or other hard crystals are. The bronze is softer than blushing and fine steel wool is the same hardness.
The red rust, however, is an abrasive (being harder than black oxide,) and you want to suspend as much of that off of the surface of your gun as possible.
Fully disassemble your firearm before starting, go slowly, oil the shit out of everything.
After you are done, coat all of the blued parts in oil and place in a 300°f oven for thirty minutes. They will look great.
Don't listen to these cucks
0000 steel wool will not harm bluing
Fuck, you use it WHEN you're bluing
Use hoppes oil (not solvent) and 0000 and it'll disappear
Try just oil first and rub it with your hand
Usually that takes it off, if not, use the steel wool, but go lightly