Bluing Steel

Bluing Steel

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    Bluing Steel

    I need a good how to article, if you'd please. I imagine it's pretty straight forward........


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    The cold blue kits work ok.

    Get the paste much better results.

    Also if you heat the gun up to about 100 degrees (F) or so and then apply the paste you will get a deeper blue.


    Also you will need to make sure what you are bluing is 100$ clean of any grease/oil, and it only works with ferrus metals. (Containing iron)


    Edit: No need to be rude Ruger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowsbane View Post
    The cold blue kits work ok.

    Get the paste much better results.

    Also if you heat the gun up to about 100 degrees (F) or so and then apply the paste you will get a deeper blue.


    Also you will need to make sure what you are bluing is 100$ clean of any grease/oil, and it only works with ferrus metals. (Containing iron)


    Edit: No need to be rude Ruger.
    I did this with a rifle that was completely covered in surface rust 20 years ago and it turned out great and still looks mint to this day. Cleaned it down to bare metal, de-greased, and applied according to directions. Pretty easy.
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    Edit: No need to be rude Ruger.
    All intentions were in good fun.
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    And welcome to the forum, Tenessee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCWFlaRuger View Post
    Well, I've got the "Blue Steel" face down pretty good. Why isn't there a web cam button on this site?

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    There are a couple of instructional Vids on youtube for rebluing with a Brownell's cold blue. And there is one vid on youtube for doing small parts with hot nitre bluing salt.

    There is also a product which gives excellent color and it's extremely permanent called Blue Wonder or Wonder Blue...I've not used it in some years...though it only works best on clean lightly blasted steel.
    I tried it on highly polished steel and it was problematic (for me) and I DO know how to pre-clean metal and be surgical when working.
    On lightly blasted steel it's incredibly permanent.
    There is also a hot black oxide (something "BLAK 400") 2 part vid on youtube and it looks promising with the solution heat requirement being decently low and workable for home. Any hot caustic blue I would not do in the home kitchen & and I would invest in a propane gas camp stove and would do it outdoors on a nice day.
    You could also look into Brownell's Rust Blue as a possibility.
    You can also do PARKERIZING at home and in the kitchen and some seller on Ebay sells a decent black Parkerizing solution.
    Always wear eye protection and gloves when doing any hot blue or oxide finishes.

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    I have found it's just about as easy to use gun-kote or some of the other coatings,anything I ever cold blued seemed to get holster wear really fast
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