ATF and a very fine steel wool, has worked to get rid of that kind of rust, and keep it away for good.I bought a used Kimber made in 2000, it had a couple spots of rust under grips too. I clean them up with the tip of a file, then dap of naval jelly and allowed it to set for 5 minutes. After that I scrubbed the frame with metal polish and a thin coat of synthetic oil. I check it from time to time and it hasn't come back.
30 years, and it hasn't happened to me yet. Thanks for passing on what you've read though.I would advise to NEVER use steel wool on a stainless gun. Little particles of the steel wool will imbed in the metal and cause an even bigger rust problem.
Powder, lead, and brass won't rust like carbon steel either. And they also don't get rubbed into the metal like using steel wool to remove rust spots.30 years, and it hasn't happened to me yet. Thanks for passing on what you've read though.
The trick is to clean after removing the rust. If particles of powder, lead, on brass come out, remnants of steel wool is a cakewalk to remove.
Those are to protect the frame from the aluminum grip panels. I have them on a gun I have Alumagrips on, but I wouldn't use them on another gun. They'd hold moisture more than the wood or other non-metalic grips would.
So, you don't clean after scrubbing? Then your technique is a poor one.Powder, lead, and brass won't rust like carbon steel either. And they also don't get rubbed into the metal like using steel wool to remove rust spots.
If you're going to give advice on using steel wool on stainless steel, you might also want to include your "trick" with your original comment.
For me, a Scotch Brite scour pad works just as good and there's no "trick" to prevent that method from causing further rust.
No, carbon doesn't cause any rust. The iron in carbon steel can. Rust is iron oxide, no carbon involved. Small pieces of iron can contaminate a stainless surface.Stainless definitely is not rustless. Any stainless contact with carbon can contaminate/impregnate the stainless surface.