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    bluing prep

    Ok so i have stripped all the old bluing off rubbed metal work down and now I need to polish it so whats the best way to do it and the best polish and mops to use?

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    i use a bench grinder and fabric polishing wheel. but then I am a heathen

    gradually move to finer grade sand paper
    I also did a show shine action on the barrel with a thin strip of 1500 grit paper to get a nice finish.

    be aware any polishing compounds set in wax need to be well removed as they leave a residue

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    go to a motor factor or any body shop and get some wet'n'dry 1000 and 1500 and polish useing the hand made method try to keep the movement all the same way up and down up and down then use a good panel wipe get this also from you body shop etc or a heated tank of de-gresser at a chrome platers will do even better, then do the deed or get it coated my jagger in colchester
    Last edited by paul o'; 01-07-2013 at 14:12.

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    As a point of interest and with no desire to hijack this thread, is there a do-it-yourself cold bluing kit out there that significantly improves on the old Birchwood offering?


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    pass feller i used a hot blue old s/s bath a long time ago now thay are all s/s actions and barrels or coated but try brownalls or midway uk

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    Clod Ox blueing kit is better IMHO but nothing beats a traditional rust blacking cuastic black for accessories is second best.

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    So my initial way was right then 1500 grit and lots of time any nicks or dinks strike back with a small file then sand sand and sand cheers guy for your input. thought I was going to get another option but hay the labour intensive way it is. Poulo i dont want to use a hot dip as its a old sxs and dont fancy damaging the solder but I like your thinking on newer guns thats deffently a way to go

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    Micromesh did it for me.

    We used to use it for polishing aircraft transparencies to retain optical quality. Works equally well on metal.

    Available in grades from (IIRC) about 800 grit to 12000.

    Which is smoother than a very smooth thing.

    There's a guy on British Blades selling kits most of the time.
    Last edited by charadam; 01-07-2013 at 21:17.

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    what are you bluing? and what bluing technique are you applying...I mean seriously, don't take anything said above onboard until you know if it works with your method and part!!!! (barrel, action, small part),,(hot caustic, slow rust, browning, etc. etc.).

    tell us HOW, WHAT, etc. or expect only answers that can guide you down the wrong path..

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    "I mean seriously, don't take anything said above onboard"

    In what way could my information on Micromesh to achieve a final polish be misleading?

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