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Wasn"t sure what sub-forum to put this under so figured here would be ok. How do you get your bluing back to that new shine? Mine isn"t rusted, just doesn"t shine as much as it should after all these years. I"ve heard a light rub with 000 steel wool and gun oil ....light rub with brass wool and gun oil....and also car wax like turtle wax will work. Are those all safe for the finish (I know, as long as I don"t do TOO much) and will they help make it shine again? Thanks!
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Someone more knowledgable will likely come along and be of more help but I"ll start...Sometimes you just can"t get that luster back without re-bluing. It"s patina and just shows it is an old but used and treasured gun. I personally would not use any steel wool and such as I think you"ll find you"ll just start removing the bluing if you aren"t real careful. Car wax has abrasives in it. Generally this is considered not to be a good thing as it can create scratches. Now, plain old paste wax is good to go and very common.I"d probably just clean it up real good and then give the whole exterior of the gun (wood and metal) and a good rub down with paste wax.
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I use Flitz metal polish and a soft cotton cloth. Polish gently using circular motions and it will brighten up again.
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Your not going to believe this but I once used tooth paste, it is the finest form of abrasive. Just be careful though there are different types of bluing, so just try a bit on a small out of sight area and see what happens. It does work to clean glasses and other delicate items as well. The trick is to be careful, a light polish and then remove with some water and dry extremely thoroughly.Hope this helps.
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Your not going to believe this but I once used tooth paste, it is the finest form of abrasive. Just be careful though there are different types of bluing, so just try a bit on a small out of sight area and see what happens. It does work to clean glasses and other delicate items as well. The trick is to be careful, a light polish and then remove with some water and dry extremely thoroughly.Hope this helps.
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I tried the toothpaste. Actually worked pretty good. I was VERY, VERY gental and I think it would have done even better had I used a little more elbow greese....but i was scared. ha It did what I needed it to do though! I am still looking for some Flitz around here and when I find it, I"ll try it for the rest of the bluing.
I know Flitz works great on stainless, but never heard of using it on blued steel. Is it an abrasive polish, or does the clean/shine come from chemical ingredients?
I know Flitz works great on stainless, but never heard of using it on blued steel. Is it an abrasive polish, or does the clean/shine come from chemical ingredients?
I"ve gotten quite a few replies not only on this forum, but on another forum I"m on and a LOT of them are telling me to use Flitz so I"m sure its safe on bluing. I believe it even says so on their web site. Straight from the Flitz FAQ on their web site...Can Flitz Be Used On Gun Bluing
?As long as the gun has been blued during manufacturing, or hot-blued. This type of bluing is actually made part of the metal. Flitz will clean and protect the barrel inside and out without any oily film or danger to the inside of the barrel. If the gun has been cold-blued, then the bluing has been painted on. Flitz will treat this like graffiti and clean it off of the surface of the barrel. Check with a qualified gunsmith to be sure.
Just clean her up and oil good, I might be the oddball here but I think a worn petina look on a gun adds a lot of character. anything but rust.
Just clean her up and oil good, I might be the oddball here but I think a worn petina look on a gun adds a lot of character. anything but rust.
I tend to agree that aging sometimes adds a bit of character to an old, well kept gun. Rust is quite another matter.I"m wondering if Flitz or any of the cleaning compounds would touch the very light rusty haze that guns get after a long time in storage without attention. The commonly recommended remedy is very careful buffing with 0000 steel wool, but I"m leery of the affect it might have on the surrounding good blueing. Anyone tried Flitz on light rust?
Get some cold bluing, add a lot of oil to a small amount of cold bluing. Mix well, saturate a clean cotton cloth and rub on the metal. This will bring back a little shine and deepen the bluing. Next wipe it off, and apply oil only. Watch the finish carefully and reclean and reapply the oil. Remove the wood and rub the wood with 000 steel wool this will bring back some shine and luster to the wood. Any polish you do directly to any blued surface will remove some bluing and it don"t take much to remove it. Far better to polish until the bluing is removed and then reblue it.Bottom line a good cleaning and very light polish brings back the shine, buff the wood a little more and you have a well taken care of look with aged patina. This myself is my preference, I have aged a new gun on purpose.
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Less is more. Go on the interwebs and buy a small jar of Renaissance Wax. That little jar will last you forever. Use a tiny bit on your gun. It will clean and protect your bluing. Wood, too. Do that once a year, and that"s all it takes.
Your not going to believe this but I once used tooth paste, it is the finest form of abrasive. Just be careful though there are different types of bluing, so just try a bit on a small out of sight area and see what happens. It does work to clean glasses and other delicate items as well. The trick is to be careful, a light polish and then remove with some water and dry extremely thoroughly.Hope this helps.
Not a gun, but I once used toothpaste as the final step in polishing the ports on a snowmobile. Now I did even up the ports so they opened exactly 180 degrees apart, but they had a mirror finish. Was a 340 (cc) TNT, rated 28 hp at 7000 rpm, afterwards I could 9500 rpm and run with a 440 cc 38 hp TNT.
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