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I went to a considerable amount of trouble and extra time as well as higher cost in obtaining a Bi-tone sub. Imagine my chagrin upon discovering that it has started to rust! I have kept it oiled as much as any of my other fireams and was not expecting this at all. If this finish is hard chrome, it has to be the thinnest application I have seen to discolor this way! It has spots in the cocking grooves as well as along side the front and rear sights. :cry:
 

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Stainless steel can be a soft metal. To make it harder and stonger you loose some of the stainless properties. Some people can make even the best stainless corrode due to whatever their body puts out. But ususally that is just surface stuff and is not anything to be concerned about (other than cosmetics). But I can understand why it would make you wonder.
The stainless slides are stainless thru and thru and not just a surface treatment. But oils do not stick to stainless as they will to a parkerized surface, so even if oiled the oil will wipe right off. I would try some of the Blue Wonder product to protect the appearance.
The good side is that it should be your hand oils or body sweat causing the problem. Normal moisture and rain shouldn't cause any problems.
 

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hey, is your discolorization not rust colored, but more like a darker color grey or metal? Can you seem to not be able to get it off? I have discolorization in my cocking grooves too. I am not sure if its rust or just a result of the milling out of teh grooves (heat, chemical reaction from teh coolent they use on teh bits, whatever). Does anybody else know what I am talking about?
 

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CmptrN3rd said:
Yeah be sure to wipe it down good each time you touch or admire it.
You are talking about his XD right? :D :lol:

Later,
Jeff
 

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I use Boeshield T-9 on my Bi-Tone slide and have had no spec of rust even in hot, humid Florida. I use this stuff on all my cast iron and steel tools in my garage shop. A single application will last for six months as long as you don't remove it with a solvent. Try it, it will likely solve your problem for about $15.
 

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It looked like orange rust. I used Blue Wonder rust remover on it, it got most of it, but left dark streaks. What bothers me is that I have several handguns, both blue and stainless-this is the first I have ever had rust on me. I have only owned this XD for just over a month, most of my guns are several years old. Is this slide stainless steel? Seems I once heard that stainless would rust faster in places where it comes in contact with carbon steel, perhaps the cutters used for cocking grooves and sight dovetails are responsible for this? As for lube, i've been using Tetra oil and grease for the last year or so.
 

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hey, is your discolorization not rust colored, but more like a darker color grey or metal? Can you seem to not be able to get it off? I have discolorization in my cocking grooves too. I am not sure if its rust or just a result of the milling out of teh grooves (heat, chemical reaction from teh coolent they use on teh bits, whatever). Does anybody else know what I am talking about?
Lol, those first two questions sound like an infomercial.
 

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I have the bi-tone sub too and it also started to rust. I was CCing it. The blue wonder cleaner does a great job getting the rust off. Then I gave it a nice coating of blue wonder armadillo and I haven't had a problem with rust yet. OR, you could just get it hard chomed, which will protect from rust and make it look badass.
 

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I am a newbe and have heard alot about people using armadillo wax (atleast I think its a wax), is there anything else I should invest in besides what came in my cleaning kit?
Thanks.
 
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