Rust?! Already?!?

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    Rust?! Already?!?

    As many of you know, I just purchased the blued version of the Kel Tec PF9. I have carried it 2 times in my kangaroo carry holster. Removing it from the holster at the end of the day. The slide ALREADY has quite a few rust spots on it near the front site. I have not even carried a full day today so really its been in the holster for 1.5 days.
    In my opinion this is unbelievable. I expected to have to take a little more time cleaning it than I do my Glock...but ONE DAY??!?!! I don't have time to clean my carry weapon every single day.

    Given my limited experience with blued finish....I am turning to you guys. Please tell me this is not normal.

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    Never a good idea to store your weapon in leather holsters when not being worn. I found out the hard way too.

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    Depending on your level of humidity, yeah - it's a little rust bucket. I keep mine shiny with an occasional wipe-down with a silicone gun rag, and that keeps it good while it's stored in a climate controlled environment.

    This isn't a truck gun though. It's not gonna hang with extended exposure to humidity. If I carry it, it gets wiped down that evening.
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    This is why I went with the LCP instead of the Kel-Tec. The sales clerk at the gun store told me they had seen issues with corrosion on the blued Kel-Tec slides. Apparently the hard chrome doesn't have this issue though.

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    My hard chrome version has had absolutely no issues with rust.
    I had to wait 6 months to get it...but I guess patience really does pay off.
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    Could it be a chemical compound in the holster that is causing excessive rust formation?

    I'm not a huge fan of Kel Tecs but rusting is just not an issue with my blued P3AT which is mostly relegated to yard duty when mowing or doing other outside chores. It rides in a De Santis Nemesis holster. It doesn't rust whether it gets wiped down with a RIG-rag or not. I'm actually impressed with how well the surface finish holds up to moisture.
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    Thats the thing... I removed it from the holster after use. the only time it was in it was when I was wearing it. We do have a high level of humidity here... I guess I didn't know that blued guns were so susceptible to rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    Depending on your level of humidity, yeah - it's a little rust bucket. I keep mine shiny with an occasional wipe-down with a silicone gun rag, and that keeps it good while it's stored in a climate controlled environment.

    This isn't a truck gun though. It's not gonna hang with extended exposure to humidity. If I carry it, it gets wiped down that evening.
    +1. Also, a bit of cold blue and a Q-tip will go a long ways to cover it up.

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    I would do as above, a little bit of cold blue goes a long way!

    I had my own brush with rust...my parkerized 1911 rusted under the front strap with the Hogue grips installed, as well as near the bottom pin for the MSH under the grips and near both sets of screws...that's what I get for going to Florida in the heat of summer and not taking the grip off for 6 months!

    I no longer store it in a leather holster, but rather put it in my kydex reinforced nylon holster and with regular maintenance no more rust build-up has manifested other that what had already pitted. (All loaded guns in my house stay in holster, all others stay in a box or gun sock as per my upbringing.)

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    Yeah I'll give that a try. Here is what it looks like after I worked on it with 0000 steel wool:

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    If it were me, I'd try to send it back. That's pretty bad.
    There may be some other issue going on with that particular slide.
    Kel Tec's pretty good about standing behind their product.
    I'd at least give them a call.
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    Ahh, another shoddy Kel Tec. Send it back! A quality firearm shouldn't show any signs of rust that early on.
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    There is a guy on the KTOG list who can chrome or bake a new finish on your slide, I have been thinking of Duracoating my p-32 BUG
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    Another though for the future is Barricade rust preventative. It works wonders. I have a casting flaw in the slide of my 22A that used to rust up in a week and id have to take a wire brush to it. not real fun when it's got the realtree camo synthetic finish. I sprayed some Barricade on it, and it hasn't rusted since. Been a few months too.

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    Wax it. Good ole past wax,same as you would use on a car. That'll help it a bunch.
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