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Fisherking 12-18-2009 01:09 PM

Rust Blueing
Hi all I have a few recipies for rust blueing solutions and they all call for Horseshoe nails wire nails ect. I was wondering if I could substatute Iron fillings. That way I will not get any unwanted aloys.EG crome tin zinc.
Thanks in advanceF.K.

c3shooter 12-19-2009 04:23 AM

Yep- stay away from anything that is galvanized (zinc).

Altho my smith does some very nice rust bluing on older doubles, and uses nothing but a bit of steam in a cabinet- as in a vaporizer in a large box. The real key seems to be not in how it rusted, but how the rust is carded.

stalkingbear 12-19-2009 03:44 PM

I have to admit-you're ahead of me on this 1-I use the rust bluing chemicals already bottled from Brownells. I havn't tried making my own "cocktail". No more rust bluing than I do it's a lot easier to just buy the rust bluing solution. The Modern Gunsmith book has some recipes in it I believe if I'm correct-it's been a LONG time since I read anything like that.

Fisherking 12-21-2009 11:02 AM

Ya I would Like to buy them too but Brownells will only ship Larel Mountain Forge into Canada so I'm limited to what I can use . so I figured I would try the recipes .
So do you think I could substatute iron fillings for horse shoe nails?
Thanks F.K.

masterPsmith 12-21-2009 01:54 PM

I have always used a temp controlled humidity cabinet and proper carding until I achieve the results I want. It has never failed me and I get beautiful results..


Fisherking 12-21-2009 02:32 PM

So no acid mix just the humidity cabinet?
I shold look for a used cigar humidor

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