Birchwood Casey Super Blue

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by danf_fl, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    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.
     
  2. BillDeShivs

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    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.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  4. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    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.
     
  5. BillDeShivs

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    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.
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Thank you for the opinions. Cold bluing is out. I cannot find anyone in the area who hot blues. Any suggestions?
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    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)
     
  9. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    Here's where we send our firearms out to. They do an outstanding job.

    www.apwcogan.com/

    Accurate Plating & Weaponry, Inc.
     
  10. sturf

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    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/
     
  11. TheOldMan

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    How did I do it?

    One of my blueing jobs... How did I do it?
     

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  12. 7.62 Man

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    Not true, Not true, I have found a better way to use the BC cold blues.

    I heat the CLEAN parts to be blued by boiling the parts in water.
    Then putting the parts in a zip-lock freezer bag & dumping in the whole bottle of BC Super Blue in with the parts, zip it up and shake.
    This makes it cover fast with no spots or streaks, long barrels can be put in bags made from Food Saver vacuum freezer bag that comes in rolls, just seal one end.
    Repeat if needed back to water until hot, then back to the bag.
    When you get a good dark finish put in the water reheat then put in new bag and do a soaking spray with a good gun oil like Remington's Rem-oil.
    Seal the bag and let sit in warm place (I used the back window of an old car sitting in the sun) for 24hrs.
    Works great with the BC Super Blue & Perma Blue.
     
  13. BillDeShivs

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    The Browning looks good.
    But, cold blue doesn't hold up. It isn't real bluing. It's usually a copper sulphate solution.
    You can make a gun look OK with cold blue, but it's akin to painting your car with a brush, in my opinion.
    Everyone has a better method of applying it. I have been there and done that. I have even done a few decent jobs. Overall cold blues are not worth the effort. Rust bluing can be done at home, and it works well.
     
  14. TheOldMan

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    Thanks for the compliment on the browning.. The pictures do not show how really nice the gun turned out and the client was very happy with it. I do agree that cold bluing is not as durable as the hot blues but I'm fix'n to do another project using a product call Blue Wonder.. Supposed to be the hot blue of cold blue solutions. Posting in another thread so keep an eye out to see how this gun works out for me.

    I do plan to set up for hot bluing in the near future however.