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X-NewYawker
07-14-2009, 8:09 AM
I finally found my old stash of M1-A mags lost since the divorce/move. Some have body surface rust. Best way to get that off and refinish?

ponderosa
07-14-2009, 8:29 AM
Maybe try electrolysis to get the rust off, then parkerize? Never done mags, but seems like it would be a good way to go. 2¢

ghost
07-14-2009, 8:48 AM
the best way would be to have them bead blasted,if you dont have access to that you could sand them down with sandpaper.to refinish them you could parkerize or use aluminahyde,the cheapest way would be to spray with a can of rustoleum high temp paint.

Fate
07-14-2009, 8:52 AM
If it's just external spot rust and you don't want to lose whatever finish you have left, scrape off the rust with an old, old penny. It'll take off the rust and not damage the existing bluing/finish like Naval Jelly would. Then keep the spot well oiled and you won't have more rusting.

THT
07-14-2009, 8:58 AM
I'd hit with Naval Jelly then re-finish them with dry film moly lube such as http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/23372-1.html

X-NewYawker
07-14-2009, 9:27 AM
Thanks!
There's a weekend project when I am off this current gig.

ZombieKiller
07-14-2009, 9:43 AM
Corrosion X may help aS well....

NDFMF
07-14-2009, 10:03 AM
I've had luck getting surface rust off of magazines with just some hoppe's #9 and a scouring pad and then a good rub down with some oil. Worked pretty well on my dad's old 1911 mags.

I guess it depends on how bad the rusting is, so YMMV.

chsk9
07-14-2009, 10:04 AM
I finally found my old stash of M1-A mags lost since the divorce/move. Some have body surface rust. Best way to get that off and refinish?

Buy a new mag body?

tomd1584
07-14-2009, 10:04 AM
I've had luck getting surface rust off of magazines with just some hoppe's #9 and a scouring pad and then a good rub down with some oil. Worked pretty well on my dad's old 1911 mags.

I guess it depends on how bad the rusting is, so YMMV.

I've done this too, it works!

WeekendWarrior
07-14-2009, 2:15 PM
Try what other said above. If you have really gnarly rusting, you can use some extra fine metal sandpaper and get after it. If they are steel mags, you can easily re-blue them. Worst case scenario, sand & duracoat, or paint

nplant
07-14-2009, 2:23 PM
You could boil the thing, and then brush off the blackened rust, and voila! you have new slow rust bluing. :hide:

hawk81
07-14-2009, 5:00 PM
Sand blaast.

joelukehart
07-15-2009, 1:39 AM
I have used 00 steel wool and Break Free or Rem-oil.