not sure what finish to use.

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by infidel686, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. infidel686

    infidel686 New Member

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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?
     
  2. BillDeShivs

    BillDeShivs Member

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    Use the paint. There is absolutely no advantage (and many disadvantages) to using cold blue.
     

  3. infidel686

    infidel686 New Member

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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
     
  4. sandog

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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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  5. Argyle_Armoring

    Argyle_Armoring New Member

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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.
     
  6. infidel686

    infidel686 New Member

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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
     
  7. outlaw206

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    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
     
  8. TINCANBANDIT

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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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    and after
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