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Commocarl 07-15-2012 06:41 PM

Blueing questions
I have an old Savage 187A that I have been working on. It's not something thats worth anything so I decided to do a complete restore myself.

I used Birchwood Casey's gun blueing kit (cold blueing) and everything went well. I have noticed that I had to keep an eye on it for a month or so to keep it from rusting. When I finished it, I wiped it down with Remoil, and have used that and M-Pro 7 (stuff I have around) to keep it oiled. I let it sit a week before I looked at it again, and it wound up with rust spots on it (I was so angry) it was perfect before that.

Is there a better oil to use that will stick around long enough to keep this from happening?

I tried using a green scrubbing pad to remove the rust spot an it took the blueing. I was able to touch it up with the spot blueing pen.

Is this common with cold blueing?

I have read that Oxpho Blue (brownells) is supposed to be better. Any opinions?

I know cold blueing is not as durable as hot, as this rifle is not going to be put through alot (no safe queen either) this type of blueing should hold up as best I can tell. Will I need to touch up as the years go by?

srtolly1 07-15-2012 08:50 PM

I have used both. The Oxpho blue worked the best for me. Warming up the metal with a blow dryer helped and after I had the color I wanted I soaked it all down with WD40 and I mean soaked. I let it sit and kept am eye on it for a week before reassembling. A couple months later and 100 rounds still looks good.

Commocarl 07-15-2012 09:51 PM

Thanks I have 5 cans of WD40 around, I'll give that a shot.

srtolly1 07-15-2012 10:07 PM

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I have done a .22 and a .410 with the Oxpho Blue and both look good.

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Axxe55 07-15-2012 10:08 PM

Carl cold blueing for the most part is for small areas and will probably not give you the results you are looking for. it will continue to have rust spots. the best way is going to be finding someone who can hot blue it for you, or try some of the spray on coatings like DuraCoat or others. part of the problem with cold bluing products is not getting an even coverage like being able to immerse the entire part into the blueing solution. from what i understand the Oxphos from Brownell's is probably one of the best cold blueing solutions and if you have a way to immerse the entire part to blue it, then your results will be much better. good luck.

hiwall 07-15-2012 11:54 PM

After a hot blue bath the guns go to a neutralizing bath then oil bath. Cold blue needs the same but seldom do people neutralize the cold blue. The WD-40 idea above would do that job fine.

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