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Rust issues on the slide...

This is a discussion on Rust issues on the slide... within the XD Gunsmithing and Maintenance forums, part of the XD Talk category; I have a Springfield XD Subcompact .40. I've been having some major rust issues with the slide as well as the grip safety. I've been ...


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Old 06-01-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
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Rust issues on the slide...

I have a Springfield XD Subcompact .40. I've been having some major rust issues with the slide as well as the grip safety. I've been keeping it clean and oiled atleast every two weeks sinse I started noticing the rust. I've own numerous makes/models of guns and have NEVER had this issue like the XD...so I don't think im necessarily doing anything wrong. I uses Hoppes solvent and oil. I want to know if anyone else has had similar issues and what was done to take care of it?

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Old 06-02-2012, 09:38 AM   #2
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There's a whole subforum dedicated to rust.

How do you store the weapon? If it's in the XD/XDm case with foam, change your storage method.
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:11 PM   #3
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I appologise for posting in the wrong spot. Now I know for next time. I stored it in a hard case with foam...oiled and cleaned constantly....never put away wet. Yesterday I ordered a pelican case in attemp to keep rust off.
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I'd keep it away from any foam. Even a Pelican case.
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:55 PM   #5
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A pelican case will seal in the moisture, buy some anti rust tabs (VPCI) to put in the case with the gun.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:10 PM   #6
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Yeah, as they have stated, try to not store them in cases. There is no air flow to dry them out.

It may be best if you acquire yourself a safe a or cabinet that you can store it on a pistol rack. This will help ensure you don't continue to have the issues you have had.

Here is Florida, since it is always so humid, we oil the slides inside and out and then store them. Another option is to rub one of those silicone infused rags on the slide before storing.



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... I uses Hoppes solvent and oil. I want to know if anyone else has had similar issues and what was done to take care of it?
It is possible you are not cleaning off the residue from the Hoppes solvent using 92% alcohol and as a result, the solvent fumes are breaking down the foam in your storage case, causing an acidic environment for rust to form.

In amateur comparison tests, Hoppes oil was not that great at preventing rust. There are better alternatives when rust formation becomes an issue.

You did not mention if you have a Bi-Tone (stainless) slide. There seems to more rust complaints about the Bi-Tone slide because I suspect Springfield uses a higher carbon content in its stainless than other manfacturers.

Always keep a desiccant pack in your gun case to remove the moisture that gets trapped in there. Replace those packs every few months.

If you live in a house having no children living or visiting there, then consider storing your gun in an acrylic (not cotton) gun sock. This acrylic gun sock seems to be one of the popular ones available:
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Gun-Storage/Sleeves-Camo|/pc/104792580/c/104730480/sc/104576580/Cabelas-Knit-Gun-Socks/741486.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse.cmd%3FN %3D1100214%26WTz_l%3DSBC%253BBRprd741486&WTz_l=SBC %3BBRprd741486%3Bcat104576580
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:30 PM   #8
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Hum...would love to see some photos of the issue. If I was in a humid environment and storing guns for a while I'd have them in a sealed case with hydrosorbent. Also find a new gun oil to protect the weapon better. There are some test videos out there comparing different oils and there is a wide variance in how well they do.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:55 AM   #9
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I'd keep it away from any foam. Even a Pelican case.
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A pelican case will seal in the moisture, buy some anti rust tabs (VPCI) to put in the case with the gun.
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Yeah, as they have stated, try to not store them in cases. There is no air flow to dry them out.

It may be best if you acquire yourself a safe a or cabinet that you can store it on a pistol rack. This will help ensure you don't continue to have the issues you have had.

Here is Florida, since it is always so humid, we oil the slides inside and out and then store them. Another option is to rub one of those silicone infused rags on the slide before storing.



Good Luck And Be Safe!!!
I concur. Storing a gun in a case for extended periods will increase the possibility of corrosion. A silicone cloth is a good idea, also store the gun with some type of moisture absorbing pouches. Silica gel is a good start.
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I'll add to my posts by saying I have a large safe with dessicant packets in it. All guns are on a rack and wiped down with an oily rag. I have a dehumidifying rod on the way.
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