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Rust Bluing setup?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Warriorsoul84, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. Warriorsoul84

    Warriorsoul84 Member

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    I'm wanting to set up a tank and burner for boiling water for the rust bluing process. There has got to be a cheaper way then ordering a tank, tank stand, burners and hoses from Brownell's. I meant seriously, $275 for a tank stand?

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a cheaper set up. I have never seen a bluing set up in person, and don't have much knowledge of propane burners. Does anyone know how to make your own tanks and how much it would cost to do so? I'm looking to try to keep cost for single tank set up for boiling water under $300.00. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. boom boom

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    Just a few ideas for rust bluing setup,
    You can make the tanks, if you can solder, pretty cheaply. Try galvanized air conditioning flat duct work (local home improvement stores or ac supply warehouses) as raw material as the sides are already bent at 90 degrees. If you use the flat galvanized, you will need a form to bend the stuff. Cut, fold, and soft solder ends kind of like finishing wrapping a christmas present. I suspect but have not tried applying flexseal stuff to the inside of the tank would also work for rust bluing on the tanks. This type of tank can be made pretty much whatever length that you like. You can also obtain propane burner units from the gas grill section of Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, Walmart, or Amazon--the bar type is what you want and add several burner units together in series with tubing. You should get a separate valve to turn on the propane burner unit apart from your propane bottle. PVC pipes of sufficient size do well for steaming--one trick is to use a wallpaper steamer unit as a source of the steam.

    For the tank stand--get someone who has an arc welder and make a stand out of angle iron. Doesn't have to be pretty, just functional. Wood could be used as a stand if you screen it from the heat and open flames with some sort of barrier.
     
  3. BBBBill

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    The stand is easy. Buy some 1"x1"x 1/8" or 3/16" angle. Cut to length and weld it up into a stand. Should be able to get into one for $50-60 max.
     
  4. Eagle72

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    I know this sounds crazy, but I used 4" PVC pipe (Home Depot had 5' lengths). Found a mounting adapter in the same plumbing section (Lowes or Home Depot) and lag bolted it to a scrap piece of 2X12 lumber. I poured boiling water into the PVC where parts were hanging. The first time I did not use PVC glue and had issues with water leaking out. It was usable but a complete PITA. I went back and got the same set up and also bought single stage PVC glue and it works like a champ.

    Both set ups allowed me to "boil" the metal to black, but the second set up keeps all the water inside and does not leak down and expose the metal parts. Willing to go into more detail if you are interested. Have completed a Remington 870 Wingmaster and a Wichester Model 94 Trapper using this method.
     
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  5. boom boom

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    Tell me more. I'm interested in your setup with pix. Steel stands and trays are heavy and can be a pita--having problems with hands and other parts due to joint deterioration.
     
  6. LoneGoose

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    Yes, pictures please.
     
  7. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    You can get gas pipes from an old water heater (trick they taught us at Lassen College).
     
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  8. loose noose

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    Yeh Eagle 2, definitely would like photo's of your rust bluing set up.
     
  9. tark

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    I wouldn't worry about a burner..This works beautifully.:D
     

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  10. Mauser lover

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    THIS!!!!!

    Get a short piece of rain gutter. All you need to do is boil water, which is only 212 degrees (or so, depending on altitude/barometric pressure/yada yada). I've done this on an electric range, as well as a gas range. They both work well.
     

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