Rust treatment/prevention

Rust treatment/prevention

This is a discussion on Rust treatment/prevention within the Firearm Cleaning & Maintenance forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; I'm spoiled. Since I discovered Glocks about 10 years ago, I've never really worried much about rust. However, I have installed a Heinie Slant Pro ...

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    Rust treatment/prevention

    I'm spoiled. Since I discovered Glocks about 10 years ago, I've never really worried much about rust. However, I have installed a Heinie Slant Pro rear sight and Dawson fiber optic front sight on my G26 and I like to carry it AIWB under a t-shirt or other shirt against my bare skin and in the summer (or AZ heat in the winter/spring) it gets plenty sweaty. I've been wiping it off whenever I get a chance, but I noticed the other day that the rear sight was showing some oxidation.

    I'm also worried about a S&W 442 recently acquired because I've begun carrying it on occasion in a Remora holster (the Glock is in a Galco Ultimate Second Amendment horsehide holster) and I'm concerned about rust from my sweat.

    First, is there something simple that can remove the existing rust - no pitting yet that I can see - and then, second, how can I help prevent further rusting? I realize I could go back to the stock Glock sights and the problem is solved, but I've grown accustomed to the Heinie/Dawson combination and would like to stick with it.
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    You could just make sure you have a good coating of CLP or similar applied to the sight before carrying.

    I have to do the same thing to my Walther P5, except I have to do the entire slide and the controls. I'll be glad when summer is over.
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    Thankee. Any more suggestions? How about removing the oxidation? Will CLP and/or Froglube take care of that? How about WD40?
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    A good coat of silicon with a silicon cloth will also help prevent rust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1gunsnowbird View Post
    Thankee. Any more suggestions? How about removing the oxidation? Will CLP and/or Froglube take care of that? How about WD40?
    NEVER use WD-40 on any firearm; the WD stands for Water Displacing which works well for getting water out of electrical connectors. But after drying out a bit just turns to gum and has no lubricating qualities whatsoever. Just stick to any quality gun lubricant to lubricate and protect the metal.
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    WD40 will be fine as long as you're not relying on it to lube the internal components. i use TUF-GLIDE (or SMOOTH-KOTE) for the sights and other external control surfaces, degrease first then apply. won't attract lint like oil.

    i use to use dry lube for my carry 1911 because i could fully disassemble it and degrease then coat everything. but no so on the Hk, for it i use reguler gun oil and gun grease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    NEVER use WD-40 on any firearm; the WD stands for Water Displacing which works well for getting water out of electrical connectors.
    I wouldn't even use it for connectors.
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    Had the same problem with my ameriglo sights on my g23. I now use a toothbrush and sewing machine oil every couple of days on the exposed parts of the slide and especially on/around the sights. I also saw rust beginning on my extractor, keep an eye on it as well.
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