Experience with cold bluing products

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  1. OleDoc

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    I am refinishing a rusted pistol for a elderly lady since she can't do it and I like challenging projects. I did a .22 rifle warmed in my mothers oven when I was about 17 years old and that rifle is still in use.
    I have field stripped, sanded with 400 grit and 600 grit, steel wool and scuff pad. I will next clean it up for bluing.
    Has anyone used the Browning solution and OXPHO-Blue process??
    How pleased are you with the finished product?
    Thanks-
    OleDoc
     
  2. boom boom
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    Used oxpho blue. Use exactly by direction and be sure to decrease. Heating the parts to be blued can help. It doesn't wear like real blushing but still looks better than bare metal. Don't expect rust resistance so be sure to remove all rust.
     
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    I've been using birchwood casey perma blue paste for touch ups. I also do hot bluing with home made solutions on a little butane stove, in the garage. If u think u might do other projects like this u may want to look into that option.

    with either route, the most important thing is metal prep. either type of bluings finish quality will be dependent on how nice the surface is when u start.
     
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    I did a S&W Model 31 that the bluing was completely gone on. Oxpho blue worked well. I did put it in the oven (suspended by a wire held by a plug in the cone) and it came out nice and even, if a bit lighter than I wanted. It held up well for the couple of years I kept track of it.
     
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    Oxpho has worked better than any others Ive tried.

    If you have time, try cold rust blueing, it does hold up well and does everything hot blueing does if not more.
     
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    I've used several, and settled on Oxpho Blue. As noted, it helps to warm the part, use multiple passes, and keep clean.
     
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    Cold bluing isn't intended for entire firearms. Made for touch ups. Kind of persnickety to get the metal evenly coloured. However, the paste seems to be more consistent than the liquids. None of 'em provide a whole lot of rust protection either. Better than nothing though.
     
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    Another fan of Oxpho-Blue.

    I have seen more gunsmiths use Oxpho-Blue than any other brand, and every one of them heats up the part to be blued, anywhere from using a hair dryer to using a torch :).

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
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    Another vote for Oxpho-Blue paste.
     
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