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Old 09-29-2013, 12:50 AM   #1
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I have an old marlin model 101 that my late uncle gave me to learn to shoot with. Its a great little gun and a tack driver for open sights. I'm working on refinishing the wood and metal. Not sure if I want to go with cold blue paste or brownell's arosol gun-kote. I have used liquid cold blue before with so so results. Any suggestions?


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Old 09-29-2013, 07:08 PM   #2
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Use the paint. There is absolutely no advantage (and many disadvantages) to using cold blue.


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Thanks. Thats what I was thinking but I would really love to keep the blue color and hadn't found it in the paint. I guess black would be ok if thats the best option
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A dark grey would look good, kind of like parkerizing. I don't know if that would be available in the Brownell's spray cans, but I've used sniper grey Cerakote. Here is a Marlin (actually a Glenfield model 30) that I had re bored to .356 and Cerakoted in sniper grey.
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Refinishing an older rifle is going to reduce it's value to a collector down the road. Just something to think about.
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That marlin is beautiful thanks. And I'm not to worried about loss of value. Its an inexpensive rifle. And will never be sold anyway because of where it came from
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I have an old marlin model 101 that my late uncle gave me to learn to shoot with. Its a great little gun and a tack driver for open sights. I'm working on refinishing the wood and metal. Not sure if I want to go with cold blue paste or brownell's arosol gun-kote. I have used liquid cold blue before with so so results. Any suggestions?
As far as paste goes you're looking at more trouble than what its worth..... I personally love the cold blue liquid kit.... And yes she can be a pain and come out sketchy at best without sufficient practice but you will get that with any bluing project if you don't do it right with liquid I have found that it is best to use a cotton swab but a complete bluing project with an aerosol can just seems like you will be getting bluing in places you don't want it with liquid in a cotton swab you determine where the bluing goes and where it does not
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Cold bluing can be used to great effect, while I always recommend hot bluing or slow rust bluing, I have had pretty nice results with cold bluing

I did this High Standard Shotgun with the Birch-wood Casey's Cold Blue kit
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