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Posted: 7/31/2005 6:01:40 PM EDT
I have a 44 RR that I left with family for 10 years. It's back in my possession now with some minor surface rust on the slide. How do you remove the surface rust without damaging or discoloring the original parkerizing?
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 6:31:18 PM EDT
You could try some 000 steel wool and some Break-Free and scrub the surface rust off if it's pretty light. Or maybe try some Flitz metal polish.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 5:07:30 AM EDT
It is light indeed. I thought of steel wool, but I was standoffish to abbraid the surface. I know parkerizing is tough, but I really don't want to mar the finish. As an unskilled appraiser, I'd rate the finish as 95% +. The other problem is those hard to reach places like in between the pinch grooves.

Link Posted: 8/1/2005 5:39:13 AM EDT
Flitz and Simichrome do a good job.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 5:54:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/1/2005 5:55:00 AM EDT by hobbs5624]
This will sound funny, but try some toothpast and a toothbrush. It will do much less to the Parked finish than steel wool, and if the rust is light enough, it will come off. Just make sure the gun is completely disassembled first, and that after rinsing, dry it off well. Oil it right after.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:32:16 AM EDT
If you go to ACE or Woodcrafters, you can get 0000 steel wool, which is excellent for light cleanup without scratching up your finish.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 1:56:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/1/2005 2:04:46 PM EDT by AKsRule]
If it is an All Original 1944 RR 1911 in 95% condition,


Original WW issue 1911's are disappearing every day - and will never be made again.

Have you had it appraised by a professional?

( If all original , it could be worth in excess of $2000 )

If you MUST clean it - only do enough to prevent the rust from spreading.
Try a soft cloth with some soapy water , maybe use a toothbrush, then OIL the finish
with a good grade of gun oil. (not a synthetic).
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 2:34:15 PM EDT
Well that's my unprofessional opinion. If there was a free/cheap relaible appraisal service here I'd gladly check it out for insurance purposes, etc. but the gun become a family heirloom if I have something to say about it regardless of its value.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:28:30 PM EDT
I use Flitz for this kind of cleanup, but I use BRASS wool, steel will kill your phosphated finish, brass will not, I have even used brass brushes or old toothbrushes with flitz

it works great (had ot take rust off soem mags the other day, massive storm that blew water all over the room through a window the wife left open
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