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Old 06-11-2010, 02:03 PM   #1
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let's talk "cold" bluing...................

there was some interesting discussion in a shotgun thread about some cold bluing and different products.

as for myself, i've used oxfo blu from brownells and my results sort of mirrored mac's.........it seems to take to metal purty well but it is a dull mat type blue more along the lines of dark gray. It don't shine worth a durn.

I've also used brownell's 44-40 gun blue and it seems to work well as i've blued some gun barrels with it. Seems to be more of an actual blue than ox-fo . had best results leaving the barrel in the sun on a hot day to get the metal almost too hot to handle and applying.............it takes real fast to the metal that way but getting it applied uniformally was a bit of a problem and if not careful you can "mottle" things.

finally, i've used G-96 gun blu cream and this is the stuff i've used for touch-ups. seems to work fairly well but must apply several times to get it consistant and then there is the problem of getting it to mate with the rest of the barrel/action for uniform appearance. Still, the G96 seems like good stuff. I've used it on one complete shotgun barrel before and while not as good and dark/rich as 44-40, it was a heck of a lot better than the sad shape it was in to begin with......



i generally clean a surface with gun scrubber and steel wool first then clean it again with rubbing alcohol before i start on any job.

What about the rest of ya'll? what has worked good for you........what is your technique's in cold bluing small touch-up jobs and larger whole gun jobs?
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:12 PM   #2
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Re: let's talk "cold" bluing...................

I have used 44-40 for touch up and it worked ok, it did not match what was there and I did not try very hard to have it match, this was 10 years ago and it is still on the gun just as it was when I put it on.
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:19 PM   #3
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Re: let's talk "cold" bluing...................

Oxpho-Blue is really more a cold Parkerizing than cold blue. It doesn't look as good but it gives better protection. I never really worked with the others enough as I found them hard to use. Oxpho-Blue is so easy. I use the cream rather than the liquid.
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Thanks for the tips....my carry guns old KP97 DAO and KP97DC and KP90DC and 2 revolvers all rust even on the stainless...especially the grip screws...will try that wax...been using Rem Oil...leather or nylon/padded both retain moisture...I like to throw the nylon in the washer/dryer so they don't smell me comin'....'tis the season, all right....
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:02 AM   #5
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I use Perma Blue on my older Ruger Mark autos for touch up purposes and it works great for these and other guns with a traditional deep blue luster, such as my marlin levers.
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I like this is the best I have ever used and wear like real bluing .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNrX9LFzjUU
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Ellavera125 as you have found Rem Oil is not the best product to use to prevent rust. It is very thin and does not protect for long. I have tried it on bare metal and exposed it to water which makes it rust quickly compared to other gun products. If people are having good results with Rem Oil it must be because they are rubbing down the gun often with it, which would work for most any oily product, or they are not exposing the gun to any real challenges to the finish. CLP or Corrosion X works much much better from my tests.
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I have a rag that I spray Silicone or Remy oil which is type of silicone and wipe a gun down after handling it for over 50 years and never had a gun rust yet . I store all my bore with Hoppe's in them . At one time I shot of ton of black powder and I used ATF [ auto trans fluid ] on guns inside and out for short term storage .
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I like Ballistol. I have duck hunted in salt water and after the bore is cleaned I wipe the gun down with a liberal coat of Ballistol and run a patch down the bore. It the only stuff I have found after hunting in a salt water environment it's one and done. With regular gun oil you need to check everyday and reapply a liberal coat of the oil for about 5 days afterwards.
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