Originally Posted by HOSSFLY
Well, each to his own I guess----the blue has to soak in for at least a minute- rubbing with a ruff towell won't allow that- try a cotton ball.
I didn't mean to rub it with paper towel while wet. Do it when dry and of course some residue will come off on the towel, but you can repeat this several times till you're satisfied with the way it looks. Cotton balls are fine to apply the blue, but does nothing else. I'll say again that there's something about those paper towels that makes the cold bluing hold up more permanent. The oooo steel wool finishes it off nicely without removing any of the finish. Museums use oooo to remove rust from weapons, cause it doesn't effect the original finish.
Seven, or eight years ago my friend asked me to re-blue his Jap type 26 revolver that he had just bought, which had been in a fire and the finish was destroyed by the heat, but lucky for him the grips were fine. It came out great and still looks great to this day. People who see it can't tell it was ever touched. If I get a chance I'll get a hold of him and take a photo of it and post it.
Isn't it worth giving this method a try rather than just disregarding it? It costs nothing except a couple of minutes of your time.