Rust Blueing

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Fisherking, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. Fisherking

    Fisherking New Member

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    Hi all I have a few recipies for rust blueing solutions and they all call for Horseshoe nails wire nails ect. I was wondering if I could substatute Iron fillings. That way I will not get any unwanted aloys.EG crome tin zinc.
    Thanks in advanceF.K.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Yep- stay away from anything that is galvanized (zinc).

    Altho my smith does some very nice rust bluing on older doubles, and uses nothing but a bit of steam in a cabinet- as in a vaporizer in a large box. The real key seems to be not in how it rusted, but how the rust is carded.
     

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I have to admit-you're ahead of me on this 1-I use the rust bluing chemicals already bottled from Brownells. I havn't tried making my own "cocktail". No more rust bluing than I do it's a lot easier to just buy the rust bluing solution. The Modern Gunsmith book has some recipes in it I believe if I'm correct-it's been a LONG time since I read anything like that.
     
  4. Fisherking

    Fisherking New Member

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    Ya I would Like to buy them too but Brownells will only ship Larel Mountain Forge into Canada so I'm limited to what I can use . so I figured I would try the recipes .
    So do you think I could substatute iron fillings for horse shoe nails?
    Thanks F.K.
     
  5. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    I have always used a temp controlled humidity cabinet and proper carding until I achieve the results I want. It has never failed me and I get beautiful results..

    Jim.............
     
  6. Fisherking

    Fisherking New Member

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    So no acid mix just the humidity cabinet?
    I shold look for a used cigar humidor
    F.K.