How to take care of a blued finish

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by ByAllMeansMove, May 26, 2013.

  1. ByAllMeansMove

    ByAllMeansMove New Member

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    I could use some help. I know that a blued finish is very sensitive. I've been warned that oils from my fingers can easily damage the finish as well as other things. I greatly appreciate tips, advice, and suggestions. I'm doing my research but I still do not feel as if I know what is good to clean and lubricate.
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    It is not that fragile. I've had many guns over hundred years old with good bluing. Just wipe it with a Lightly oiled rag once in a while.
     

  3. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    This pretty much sums it up. You may get holster wear over time but as long as you don't do anything crazy it should hold up fine. I keel a little cold blue around to do touch ups for holster wear and the like.
     
  4. ByAllMeansMove

    ByAllMeansMove New Member

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    Thank you! I really did have a different impression. Its my first handgun, so I'm learning. I bought a can of Rem-DriLube from a sporting goods store, after I left I realized that myself and the salesman weren't on the same page completely when I was trying to ask about cleaning. I see now that I was not understanding him. Just to be sure; the Rem-DriLube is safe to use? Thanks again for any and all advice!
     
  5. ByAllMeansMove

    ByAllMeansMove New Member

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    Is cold blue that you mentioned a brand that I should look for?
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Think of it this way...

    Blueing and rust Browning are some of the original ways of preventing corrosion. There are firearms hundreds of years old who's metal is still in mint condition.

    And...
    If it were obsolete or just not up to snuff, it would have been mostly abandoned by now.

    A blued firearm will be just fine man. As mentioned, wipe it down occasionally (once a day for me, high humidity region), and you'll be good for years.
     
  7. trip286

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    You shouldn't need any for a while. I used Casey Birchwood just recently to blue my 1911. I went from a parkerized finish to blue. I don't recommend doing that. But touch ups and small parts are fine. I just wouldn't do a whole gun again.

    Also, consider this: if you decide blue ain't for you, any gunsmith worth their salt can refinish with parkerizing or duracoat.

    Finishes are like clothing. Can be changed pretty easily.
     
  8. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    Yeah, you probably wont need it any time soon. But I use the Birchwood Casey stuff. It's plenty good for touch ups. Walmart or about any gun shop should have it.

    A blued gun is not near as fragile and some want you to think. Most the people that demand this as truth are stainless gun fans and use it as a way to justify getting only a stainless weapon. Personally I like a blued gun. Stainless is great and I have a few but I have no problem with blued. In fact I think it looks much better to me over stainless. If your gun is neww then worry more about feeding it. Keep it clean and lubed and if you start to see a little wear (usually on the end of the muzzle and other parts that stick out) you can touch it up if you want. I can tell you I have an old shotgun here that has the rust browning on it and has not seen anything on it but oil for many years. And it's just fine.
    I'm sure yours will be too.
     
  9. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I am not familiar with this product. It won't hurt anything, as it is obviously made for guns. Go in a store(Walmart,gun shop) and buy gun oil, brand does not matter(it will likely be the cheapest product there).
     
  10. ByAllMeansMove

    ByAllMeansMove New Member

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    Thanks! Y'all cleared it up for me, makes me feel a lot better. I purchased a new Taurus PT 709; its the slim series 9mm. I purchased it from a local hardware store in NC, they had few guns but mainly a hardware store so the man didn't really specialize in guns. My manual didn't give specifics and I was second guessing myself based on everything I could find on the Web. For me it was right much money to spend and I want to take care of it and make it last. I really do appreciate y'all's help. If you think of anything else sometime that I might need to know I sure appreciate it.
     
  11. Fisherking

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    I have rust browned barrels then put them in boiling disilled water to turn them black, or blued . After carding and doing tjis prosees 12-20 times I cure it in baking soda and water with a cold water rince . Then to seal it I heat up the barrel with a heat gun and apply bees wax . Never had a problem with early wear ...
     
  12. BlueTurf

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    Hoppe's #9 is great for preserving metal and blued surfaces. I have always wiped my guns down with Hoppe's after cleaning them and the bluing on all of them looks new, even my '94 that is 39 years old.