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Old May 5th, 2008, 08:49 AM
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Any suggestions on how to rid this barrel of discoloration and corrosion.



I want to make the top side of the barrel match the bottom side, which has a stainless like shine to it.
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Default Re: Restoring a rifle barrel?

There are metal strippers available that'll take it down to "gun gray". Machinist or auto supply stores may carry it.

The strippers will remove any rust, tarnish, bluing, paint. .....But, you have to clean it off after it does its job ASAP and get it refinished before it starts rusting again due to humidity.


I have a Marlin M60 that was worse than that - I just applied the goop with a paint brush and let it sit over night. The next morning the steel was bright gray - "in the white". Places where the goop oozed off and was exposed to air had started oxidizing again. After a quick cleaning I hit it with my best Rattle Can Rembrandt imitation. .....spray painted black.
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I'd like to add too my above post. Steel wool with the above stripper will get the really crusty stuff off.
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Thanks for the advice, I'll try that out.
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Bead blast the hell out of it. Then Park it and Dura coat it.
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