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danf_fl 07-17-2010 04:49 AM

Birchwood Casey Super Blue
I've used it for touch ups, but how does a complete reblue stand up to normal usage?

Yes, I plan to thoroughly clean with BCE cleaner, use nitrite gloves, and have clean swabs.

BillDeShivs 07-18-2010 02:48 AM

No cold blue will hold up well, regardless of what it says on the package. The gun will also look terrible, regardless of the surface prep.

c3shooter 07-18-2010 02:49 AM

In general, I don't think cold blue holds up to wear as well as a hot blue- but Blue Wonder comes close. With any metal blue, metal prep is the key. Warm metal blues better than cold.

willfully armed 07-18-2010 05:29 AM

Birchwood Casey is crap.

Brownells Oxpho blue is good stuff. My dad did an HR revolver with it and it looks Great still, he did it 6 years ago.

Be careful of the cleaner, don't let it anywhere near a spring.

BillDeShivs 07-18-2010 05:52 AM

Any seasoned collector can spot a cold-blued gun from across the room, no matter how "good" it looks. Cold blue is for touch ups. Even Oxpho Blue.

danf_fl 07-18-2010 10:47 AM

Thank you for the opinions. Cold bluing is out. I cannot find anyone in the area who hot blues. Any suggestions?

c3shooter 07-18-2010 01:34 PM

What is it that you are seeking to blue? A JC Higgins single shot 22 rifle, or a Diana Grade Browning shotgun? There are smiths that do bluing (and rebluing) well. Problem is, if there is not one in your area, you will need to get gun to him. Rifle or shotgun, not bad on $$$ for shipping by US Mail. Handgun? OUCH! About $70 one way.

danf_fl 07-18-2010 02:00 PM

The slide is a 1911a1 commercial Colt, the frame is a 1911A1 SA U.S. ARMY with the US property stamp (and GHD inspector mark)

hunter Joe 07-18-2010 06:56 PM

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sturf 07-19-2010 02:44 PM

super blue
I have several Mausers that I built 30 to 35 years ago. They have always lookrd good and they still do. I uses Super Blue on all my blueing jobs touchup and full. Never have had much luck with the oxpho blue. Maybe its my technique/

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