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Quick Tip: Tricks To Apply Cold Blue

Author Steve Ostrem
one month ago

Hey, Steve from Brownells here. Today we want to revisit cold bluing, covering some tricks and tips to make the job easier. Let’s take a look at how to deal with surface imperfections without fully disassembling or hot bluing your gun for a quick fix.

1. PREP THE SURFACE: Start with a clean surface. Use rubbing alcohol to clean off any oil or gunk.
2. USE OXPHO BLUE: We recommend Oxpho Blue. Pour a little into a separate container to avoid contaminating the solution in the bottle. Apply it to the cleaned surface.
3. APPLICATION TIPS: If you're not getting a good color, try warming the steel or using 4-0 steel wool as an applicator.
4. TRY DIFFERENT COLD BLUES: If one type of cold blue doesn’t work, try another until you find one that does.
5. BURNISH IF NECESSARY: Sometimes, burnishing and reapplying can enhance the color.
6. WIPE DOWN WITH WATER: After achieving the desired finish, wipe down with water to dilute and remove any residues of the cold blue to prevent after rust.
7. OIL IT UP: Finally, spray it down with some oil, rub it in, and you've got a decent finish.

Remember, cold bluing might not get you a factory-type finish, but with patience and multiple applications, you can get close. Practice on mild steel like a 22 barrel for the best results.
For any questions or comments, feel free to post below or give us a call on the tech line. Try these tips to keep your guns from rusting, and we’ll see you next time.


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