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    Derusting and rebluing

    Hey all, just joined the site so forgive me if this has been done already but I'm kinda new to forums. I recently inherited several firearms from my father. Some have a bit of light rust which I've researched on how to deal with. However there are a couple that are in very bad shape. They're basically worthless shotguns however they hold sentimental value to me. Are the do it yourself bluing kits worth the effort and do they really last? Or is it worth it to have them professionally cleaned and blued? All other sites I have looked at are American so pricing isn't really accurate. Does anyone know how much it costs to have this done around here? Also in terms of removing the light rust, I've read that a 0000 steel wool, used dry can keep much of the original finish intact. Any thoughts would help. Thanks

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    Welcome to GOC.

    "worthless shotguns",?. To have them refinished professionally you will end up with expensive worthless shotguns. There are good results to be had with bluing kits but usually only when you start with a good condition firearm. If the rust has pitted the gun, it will always have the pitted area. I have a old .22 that was looking its age. I did the 0000 steel wool to remove surface rust (light dusting) . It has a brown patina from age and I left that alone. Rubbed in some grease to stop anymore corrosion gave the stock a waxing with furniture wax and left it at that. Now it looks almost as rough as when my dad gave it to me many years ago! Sentiment is memories and no amount of money spent can improve them.
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    Rory McCanuck (08-07-2017)

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    I learned how to remove rust with electrolysis lately and if you want all the rust gone for 100% certain that's what you need to do. Remove the surface rust first with that steel wool. Then do the electrolysis bath.

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    Swampdonkey (08-07-2017)

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    I heard electrolysis can remove the bluing as well

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    My condolences on your loss.
    "...do it yourself bluing kits..." If you mean the ones with tanks and chemicals, not worth the expense for just a few firearms. 0000 steel wool(pricey enough these days) and light oil(Not dry. And 'light oil' is 3-in-One or regular gun oil.) will remove surface rust without bothering the rest of the finish. Do that and then use any cold bluing if there are spots where the existing bluing is gone.
    Like FALover says, nothing will fix pitting. Professionally cleaned and blued will cost a fortune. Starts at $175 per firearm for a bead blasted flat finish at Epp's in Orillia, Ont. $300 for a high gloss bluing job. Not many shops do hot bluing any more. It requires a great deal of hand work and a room with no other ferrous metals in it.
    And they came from your pop. They're priceless. Even if they're not worth a pile of cash.

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