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Old 04-29-2018, 8:52 PM
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Default What's the best way to remove minor pitting?

I have acquired an older shotgun. It's in pretty decent shape but there's some very very minor pitting on the receiver. Any idea on how to remove that? I've tried 0000 steel wool and oil. It helped a little bit. Still a little bit of work to do.
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Pitting or rust?
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I use 0000 like you did. I have also tried the steel wool, ajax and warm water. It acts like a rubbing compound so try it out first somewhere you won't notice if it goes awry. After you rinse it well, dry it and use a hair dryer to make sure the water is gone.
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Pitting or rust?
Exactly.

Pitting can't be "removed" without removing metal around it or welding up the pits to fill them in. that the mild to major pitting.

Rust that is on the surface can be removed with a penny and some oil or the 4/0 steel wool approach it takes time to make it look good.
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It is hard to tell what it is. Maybe I can try to take some pictures and post them. It's like small white tiny spots
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I really want to see the spots now.
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It is hard to tell what it is. Maybe I can try to take some pictures and post them. It's like small white tiny spots
Do they look like this?

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MidwayUSA has a video for pitting in the bore:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue7aZ2vHQ34

Brownells has a video for removing surface rust:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J41c-uWChmM

A friend had very light pitting on a 10/22 and was able to get it out with a buffing wheel and rebluing. Really looked nice.

I understand that deeper pits require sanding, filing or using a lathe plus / minus a filler and then rebluing.

Cheap camouflage for light pits i'm told is to sand blast and parkerize.

Good luck with the project, please share photos if you have the chance.

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