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A friend gifted me a complete set of RCBS reloading gear. Unfortunately, the unpainted bare metal parts have some rust, not really bad but needs to be taken care of. What's the best rust removal treatment stuff you have used. Yes, yes, I know about steel wool and oil, but it doesn't get down into the tiny cracks and crevices. Advice appreciated.
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Old 10-22-2021, 08:16 PM
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Evapo-rust.

There are many "home brew" alternatives, none work anywhere near as well.
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Old 10-22-2021, 08:19 PM
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Evapo-rust.

There are many "home brew" alternatives, none work anywhere near as well.
Iíve never heard of that. How does it compare with Kroil or WD-40?
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Old 10-22-2021, 08:29 PM
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I had the same problem years ago by leaving my press in an environment that was damper than I thought. I used naval jelly to get rid of the rust.
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Old 10-22-2021, 08:35 PM
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Naval Jelly.
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Evapo-rust is a rust remover/converter. Penetrating oils like Kroil and WD40 can provide a film to protect parts once rust has been removed. I generally use Ballistol on my firearms, as I like the smell and it's on my bench alongside the Hoppes, although I probably have every other product known to man which I use on various tools and such downstairs. I have a can of a CRC 6026 that I use on my power tool sockets/drivers and wrenches. MUCH recommended but wouldn't use on firearms.
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Old 10-22-2021, 08:46 PM
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Naval Jelly is equally effective, but applied differently. You can soak a basket of small parts in a bucket of Evapo-rust, and it's re-usable. I've had a bucket of it for years. Naval jelly is more for "spot treatment" and pretty much one-time use. It's great for getting at stuff that can't be removed and submerged in a basket, for example. I've used it on a motorcyle swing-arm pivot shaft while in-situ.
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No producers were harmed in the taking of this pic.. Dunking colander hung from a coat-hanger came from dollar store. I think my "real" can of WD40 is out in the garage. This is the one I carried on the bike..
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Old 10-22-2021, 09:44 PM
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A friend gifted me a complete set of RCBS reloading gear. Unfortunately, the unpainted bare metal parts have some rust, not really bad but needs to be taken care of. What's the best rust removal treatment stuff you have used. Yes, yes, I know about steel wool and oil, but it doesn't get down into the tiny cracks and crevices. Advice appreciated.
I cant believe a reloader wouldn't think of using a tumbler with walnut or corncob.
You guys need to step it up with the advice.

Citric acid is a good one on delicate rust removal.
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I cant believe a reloader wouldn't think of using a tumbler with walnut or corncob.
You guys need to step it up with the advice.

Citric acid is a good one on delicate rust removal.

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Old 10-23-2021, 03:14 AM
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For small parts (as well as for your brass), it's hard to beat an ultrasonic cleaner and this stuff...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I don't use a tumbler much anymore. Gave two of my three away.
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I usually use white vinegar.
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I have had very good luck using WD-40 and one of the scrubby pads or 400 grit wet or dry. I've had to remove rust from my table saw top once and I used WD-40 and a fine foam sanding block. I removes all the rust but leaves a black stain on the steel. I've also polished some stuff after removing the rust on a polishing wheel. Looked like new when done.
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Mr Clean eraser or generic copy with ATF will work wonders on light rust.
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Any light bodied 'solvent', even try water first, to 'wet' the rust then scrape with a brass (ie, softer than the steel) 'scraper'. I have various sizes of fired cartridges with the mouth flattened and filed to chisel tips.
If the rust was caused by mouse pee you will find it makes a marvelous 'blackener'
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