Help I accidentally stained/patina’d my Rex 45 military

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by pnwArn89, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. pnwArn89


    Sep 27, 2020
    Hi all I am posting because I could really use some help. I messed up big time trying to remove the smallest amount of surface rust on my military Rex 45. I used Metal Rescue gel and followed the directions to a T. And this is what happened
    Thanks for any help

  2. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Can't see pics
  3. pnwArn89


    Sep 27, 2020
    I guess I should add that I’ve tried flitz with steel wool and magic erasers. I have rust erasers on the way from Amazon will be here Monday
  4. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Pics are not showing for me either.
  5. pnwArn89


    Sep 27, 2020

    hopefully you can see pics now??
  6. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    No pictures. Patina is a naturally occurring bi-product of usage. Be proud of the marks!
  7. pnwArn89


    Sep 27, 2020
  8. Wurger190

    Wurger190 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 5, 2014
    Jeez, I have no idea how you could undo that.
  9. Elidog1966

    Elidog1966 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 11, 2020
    Whoa, not sure what to do there...
  10. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Rescue Gel is a fancy name for naval jelly?

    If you can't get it off, please don't worry. You bought REX45 for its hardness, not stain resistance. It's time now to pay the penalty got that hardness.

    Stains are part of life for a super-hard steel. don't let it rust. Don't worry. This is the life of a super steel. If it bothers you, it's time to go down 5 points in hardness to pay for being truly stainless.
  11. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Make sure it is dry, then carefully close it and put it in your pocket.

    Done. ;)

    It's a knife. It's the edge your care about. Don't stress it.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2020
  12. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Here are your pics.
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    Get some Flitz or Barkeepers friend and a clean cotton cloth. Being mindful of the edge, start polishing. Black marks will appear, which means it’s working. Take your time.

    You could use a rotary tool with a polishing attachment to speed things up.
  13. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Don't worry about the discoloration - it's a user, now. Over time, with continued use on a variety stuff, the patina will even may get some colors running through it. Or you could force more of a patina, now, to change the look.
    If your goal is to get it gone (which is how it sounds) - before you do anything else, you need to accept that there may always be some residual discoloration there. Clean the blade with some alcohol (isopropyl or denatured - save the good stuff for your internals), then use one of the products mentioned (I use simi-chrome or metal-glo). If it doesn't clean up well enough with a cloth, try repeating the process with some wadded up foil - it won't scuff the blade, but it gives some oomph to the scrubbing
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2020
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  14. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    Beauty marks!!
  15. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    That looks cool. I'd leave it. Like others have said, enjoy Rex45 for its cutting prowess over it's stain resistance. Rex45 is an amazing steel to use and abuse
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  16. pholder


    Feb 16, 2005
    Personally I would continue on with that and tell everyone it is a type of Damascus:confused:
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  17. barleywino

    barleywino Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 11, 2020
    Have you tried rubbing it with baking soda (directly on the blade) and a damp paper towel? It worked for me
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2020
  18. willc

    willc Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    I think it looks fine.

    If you are set on cleaning it up I recommend a tube of Flitz.

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