How to antique


January 31, 2013, 12:30 AM
Ok guys, I'm wanting to make my 58 remmy look just like its a 150 years old. I'm lookin for that gray brownish tint. From what I know to do is soak the gun in vinegar or use some chemical to remove the bluing. Then take mustard and rub the gun down to add patina. Then rinse in water and baking soda to dilute the acid. But I have some questions.
1. Will it hurt to take the bluing out of the inside of the barrel and cylinder chambers?
2. Will the gun in this state rust very easily, would I have to be more care worthy with it?
3. What is the best method to use?

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January 31, 2013, 08:11 AM
you don't have to soak it in anything.Just swab the outside of it with lime away.You can find it at any grocery store,when you're done just with your mustard treatment just rinse it off and wipe it down with a light coat of oil.

Foto Joe
January 31, 2013, 09:19 AM
There are numerous methods for doing what you want. In my opinion using vinegar for stripping is probably the quickest, easiest and safest way to strip the gun. I use it simply because I don't have to worry about poisoning myself, also chemicals like LimeAway may or may not eat the adhesive that's used to hold the front sight on, I wouldn't count on it being soldered in place. Don't sweat the bluing inside the chambers or barrel you're going to make sure those surfaces are oiled after cleaning so corrosion shouldn't be an issue.

As far as the antiquing process is concerned the sky is the limit. I happen to like Plum Brown but here again it's an extremely harsh chemical although you can manipulate the finish to just how you want it, if you mess up simply take it off with Navel Jelly and start over again. You can also polish the white gun and then bury it in coffee grounds for a while and then of course there is mustard. You can also just leave it in the white and shoot the snot out of it, it will quite quickly pick up a patina from the powder residue.

You are going to find out that once the bluing is stripped it hides a multitude of errors. A few sheets of varying grit emory paper and a good dose of patience will cure the imperfections left from the factory. Watch out for the edges of the flats on the barrel and screw holes and use a backing block for the emory paper or you'll quickly find out that it will round off edges quickly.

Have fun with the project and keep in mind that there really isn't a "wrong" way to do this. Don't forget to take pictures during the process and keep us up to date on how it's going. You're going to end up with a very unique gun that will have a character of its own.

January 31, 2013, 04:30 PM
I appreciate the help. I'm gonna get started tomorrow I'll keep pics to show the progress. The bluing on the backstrap is wore off. Overall I don't like the bluing so I'm just lookin for that antique look. How does plum brown work?

January 31, 2013, 05:27 PM
I borrowed this pic from Logan5579. This is how I'm wanting to do mine.

January 31, 2013, 06:03 PM
I'm employing a long-term antiquing system that includes firing my 1858 repro with black powder, carrying it in an open-top leather holster, exposing it to the Arizona woods and deserts, and wearing it while riding my horse. In about a decade or two, I expect it'll be indistinguishable from a well-used, well cared-for percussion revolver.

Russ Jackson
January 31, 2013, 06:35 PM
You could always urinate on it. They say that's the way it was once done. Either with horse or human. Supposed to give a nice rich brown.

January 31, 2013, 06:51 PM
Liver of sulphur is great for a fake antiquing, but I don't know what it does to steel.

January 31, 2013, 10:27 PM
Marinara or pizza sauce [red] overnight, steel wool it in the morning.

February 1, 2013, 02:28 PM
Ok I tried the mustard and I didn't really like the patina it put. It was more a yellowish color. Got some plum brown and it turned my gun pink? Should that happen?

Foto Joe
February 1, 2013, 02:43 PM
Pink huh....Does it match your furry chaps? Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Hit it again with the Plum Brown. Make sure the metal is hot enough, I usually stick mine in the oven at 350 for about a half hour. That way I know it's heated evenly.

February 1, 2013, 04:56 PM
Not literally pink just a pinkish hue. I'll hit it again

DaveP (UK)
February 1, 2013, 05:47 PM
I've been working towards a similiar result myself. I've used household chemicals to remove the bluing and produce what you could call a grubby looking bright finish. Not unnattractive, but I'd like something a little more intense so Plum Brown is the next step.
I've seen a number of pics of original revolvers on here. Some of them are now in the white (Scotchbrite?) but with quite a lot of fine pitting still evident.
Does anyone know of a way to fake this?
I've been wondering about a fine sprinkle of salt over the gun and then using a houseplant mister to activate it.

Foto Joe
February 1, 2013, 09:16 PM
If I recall, the last one I browned took three times before I was satisfied.

February 1, 2013, 10:05 PM
Do it this way:

February 2, 2013, 10:56 AM
Ok guys here it is in the white. I'm moving along slowly cause I don't have as much time on hand.

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