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Can you "buff" gloss blued finish with 0000 steel wool?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by SunnySlopes, Jan 17, 2012.

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  1. SunnySlopes

    SunnySlopes Member

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    I've got some scratches/rubs on a couple of firearms, a Colt Python (on the sight rib) and on a Browning falling block barrel. The Colt barrel rib is a satin finish. The Browning is a high gloss finish.

    I'm touching up some scratches/rubs with oxpho blue. The instructions say to rub it down (after application) with 0000 steel wool.

    Really? You can do that?
     
  2. natman

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    Yes. It helps even out the cold blue. Be sure to use 0000 steel wool and soak the piece of wool in Gunscrubber to degrease it first. Rub gently.
     
  3. SunnySlopes

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    Soak the steel wool in gunscrubber? To degrease the steel wool?
     
  4. Waywatcher

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    Touching up a Colt Python!? What!?

    I don't think I'd do that, even if someone tried to pay me to do it.
     
  5. 788Ham

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    NO, NO, NO on the steel wool on that Python! You'll have the bluing clean off of it, then you're hosed! I don't know about the Oxpho blue either, best leave it alone. My opinions only!
     
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    I would not be afraid of well oiled 0000 steel on blued metal. It will not hurt good bluing. I would not,however,use cold blue of any type,kind or brand on an original Colt Python. The normal wear is preferrable to any touch up work. If it needs a refinish,let Colt do it or Ford's or someone who specializes (iow,can duplicate the original) in Colt finishes.
     
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    Gently put the Python down and back away from it slowly. If that Colt needs a refinish that bad let the experts at Colt do it. A Python with honest wear isn't a bad thing.
     
  8. Mizar

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    Bluing is harder than steel, but it's a very thin layer. As long as he is following Natman's advice and not over doing it he will be OK.

    Boris
     
  9. natman

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    Yep. Steel wool is often lightly oiled to keep it from rusting. The oil can interfere with applying cold blue.

    To those of you who objected to putting cold blue on a Python, I agree with you, but the OP was very specific that he was touching up some scratches on the matte sight rib.

     
  10. rcmodel

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    You do not Have to use steel wool with Oxpho-Blue.

    For touch-ups like the OP ask about, I put it on with a Q-Tip and wipe it off with a dry clean rag.

    Repeat as necessary, then oil.

    rc
     
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