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How to remove rust from SD XD-9

This is a discussion on How to remove rust from SD XD-9 within the XD Gunsmithing and Maintenance forums, part of the XD Talk category; My gun has been locked in a case for a couple of years and not fired. There is a bit of rust on the slide ...


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Old 01-29-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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How to remove rust from SD XD-9

My gun has been locked in a case for a couple of years and not fired. There is a bit of rust on the slide (not too bad but there is some). When I used it I always cleaned and oiled it after each firing I guess it's just been locked away too long. What is the best way to remove the rust and care for it so it doesn't happen again?

Any other special considerations before I fire it again?
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:36 AM   #2
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My gun has been locked in a case for a couple of years and not fired. There is a bit of rust on the slide (not too bad but there is some). When I used it I always cleaned and oiled it after each firing I guess it's just been locked away too long. What is the best way to remove the rust and care for it so it doesn't happen again?

Any other special considerations before I fire it again?
If you have the old finish on it I believe SA will refinish it for free. Hopefully someone that knows for sure will chime in.
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If you have the old finish on it I believe SA will refinish it for free. Hopefully someone that knows for sure will chime in.
Wow great. It's definitely old. I bought in 03 or so. Does the new finish prevent rust?

That would be outstanding.

Thanks!

I am still curious the best way to remove rust in general if anyone knows. I have a really nice pellet gun that needs some work too.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:41 AM   #4
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Wow great. It's definitely old. I bought in 03 or so. Does the new finish prevent rust?

That would be outstanding.

Thanks!

I am still curious the best way to remove rust in general if anyone knows. I have a really nice pellet gun that needs some work too.
Ya they switched finishes after the first couple years because of rust complaints. I have one of the original finishes too, but mine's still holding up fine to all the abuse I've put it through.

Lots of people use the finest steel wool to get rust off of guns. This even works on blued guns. But I'm no expert in this area, so I'd wait to hear from more knowledgeable people.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:10 AM   #5
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remove rust

I have found that 0000 steel wool and a good gun oil, I use CorrosionX, works really well. CorrosionX is an amazing product as it actually get into the steel. After using it you will definitely notice a different feel to the gun. It is a rust inhibitor and preventative. From their website:
  • Cuts through stubborn bore deposits for easier, more thorough cleaning
  • Decreases fouling, even after hundreds or thousands of rounds
  • Lubricates and protects mechanisms and bores even better and longer than products fortified with Teflon*
  • Ideal for semiautomatics and automatics
  • Sticks to metal like a magnet to prevent rust ... even in the rain
Corrosion Technologies Corporation - 2

I got the 16oz pump and it will last for a hell of a long time.

As always, go very lightly on pressure with steel wool so as not to mar the finish (mainly on high sheen finishes)

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from what iv read. the rust is gerneraly from the case SA gives with the xd/m over time because it retains moisture in the foam so well. but iv read a light rubbing with steel wool clears it up nice. Iv also heard as said SA will refinish it however i cant talk on the validity of that as mines brand new.
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:43 PM   #7
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fouling at front of slide on XDm 45

Well, this looks like a good thread to post my question ... I'll post some pics if it helps ... two parter ...

I have a couple XDm bi-tones ... I noticed on both that there are a couple spots that are grey -- no longer silver like the rest of the slide ... i've cleaned & oiled, but spots still remain ... is it possible to clean and get to look brand spanking new or did something corrode thru the finish ... on the XDm 45 I just got, which is in excellent condition with the one exception of the fouling on the front of the slide on one side, more of a grey/brown color and again, I've tried cleaning and oiling, but can't get the stains off, so same question, is it possible the fouling is permanent -- thru the finish or am I just not using a decent enough cleaner? (currently just have Hoppes and Winchester BreakAway ... any help appreciated as I just bought the gun and want it to look showcase beautiful if possible ... will update with pics as soon as I can, but am hoping some of the experts on here know what I'm dealing with ... making me think I should stay away from the stainless steel slides unless they're blued/black to keep them looking new ...

thanks all and any for the advice ...

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I have found that 0000 steel wool and a good gun oil, I use CorrosionX, works really well. CorrosionX is an amazing product as it actually get into the steel. After using it you will definitely notice a different feel to the gun. It is a rust inhibitor and preventative. From their website:
  • Cuts through stubborn bore deposits for easier, more thorough cleaning
  • Decreases fouling, even after hundreds or thousands of rounds
  • Lubricates and protects mechanisms and bores even better and longer than products fortified with Teflon*
  • Ideal for semiautomatics and automatics
  • Sticks to metal like a magnet to prevent rust ... even in the rain
Corrosion Technologies Corporation - 2

I got the 16oz pump and it will last for a hell of a long time.

As always, go very lightly on pressure with steel wool so as not to mar the finish (mainly on high sheen finishes)

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this guy is on the money 0000 steel wool patients and love pil if you want but it will make it cut faster just rub it on it gently and it wiull come right off no damage at all get it refinished by sa if you can though
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Try Evapo-rust. The name is a little corny but it works great and does not require any scrubbing, scraping or sanding.

Here's a link for more info: http://www.evaporust.com/

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Okay, I have an XDM bi-tone .40 and after not taking it out of its case for a few months there are rust spots starting to form on the sides and top of the slide. I have only taken the pistol out of the original case 4 times to shoot it and have cleaned it very well after each use. I took yalls advice and called SA but they do not admit to the foam retaining water to be the problem. The have sent me a FEDEX pickup for free to examine my slide and considering what they find it will take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to try and resolve the finish/rust issue. I was also informed that although the bi-tone slide is made with a majority of stainless steel which does not rust, there are other metals added to strenghten the stainless since it is typically a very soft metal. I purchased the pistol in late 2009 and love the gun. Hopefully they have resolved this issue in the newer pistols.
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