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Old 12-18-2009, 02:09 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-19-2009, 05:23 AM   #2
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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.

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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.

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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?
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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..

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