plugging a barrel for bluing ....

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Re: plugging a barrel for bluing ....

Post by Harold_V » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:24 pm

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Re: plugging a barrel for bluing ....

Post by epanzella » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:02 pm

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Re: plugging a barrel for bluing ....

Post by David2011 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:51 pm

arickey wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2003 12:21 pm
Accelerated rust bluing involves boiling the metal in between applications of the bluing solution as opposed to hanging it in a humudity cabinet they way they did with the original rust bluing process.
The only time I've plugged barrels is when Parkerizing and then it was with wooden plugs. (I would also plug a barrel if doing an electroless nickel finish which is an excellent hard, durable finish. It's nothing like nickel that is electroplated.)

If you don't boil the barrel you're browning it; not bluing. Boiling stabilizes the black finish so the soft layer of brown rust can be carded away. There is no need to plug the barrel; just don't get the rust bluing solution in the barrel. It should not be applied in a heavy wet coat. That would lead to streaking. Filling the barrel with oil risks oil seepage that would ruin the rust blue job. If you don't boil long enough (30 minutes) after the last rusting cycle the barrel will eventually become browned.

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