Cold blue durability

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  1. Eastwood1

    Eastwood1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 19, 2017
    01066046-900E-4AA9-AFA8-B9520A7FA909.jpeg View attachment 248039 so I have been tinkering with some cheap cold blue until get sand blast materials figured out. I bought some cheap super blue and attempted a few diff ways of applying until I found what seemed to work best. I like how it turned out. Just not sure how long it will last an stay nice. Also was curious if it’s a the more I put on the longer will hold up or? Below is a pic with 3 coats anyone utilized this coating for a period of time?
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  2. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    Don't know the answer, but may I ask what cold blue you used?

  3. Combat Weapon Systems

    Combat Weapon Systems Gunsmith

    Mar 31, 2019
    Cold bluing is just a chemical reaction in the metal it doesnt get thicker the more you put on like a cerakote or gunkote finish. It may get darker the more you put on because of the metals reaction to the chemical.
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  4. Eastwood1

    Eastwood1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 19, 2017
    Yea I used super blue birch an Casey. I don’t have patience for wanting to do things an try so was the only thing available. So have it a shot an this was 3rd attempt
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  5. Eastwood1

    Eastwood1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 19, 2017
    I also figured out fairly quickly that any type of application that involved rubbing on will look bad and uneven unless you buy enough to be able to immerse the part the best way to apply I found was to spray it with a air brush
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  6. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    I can't speak to how well cold blue lasts when used as a stand alone finish, but I use it to touch up my carry guns and it seems to last pretty well.
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  7. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Be careful with that finish, I remember reading that it does not offer any anti-rust properties like the standard blueing process.
  8. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    Check pages 4-956230 of your TTT gunsmithing catalog. !
    Under home bluing preserver section .
    A 2 step system , Mr Haney tested and approved !!

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  9. jglenn

    jglenn Member

    Jul 8, 2016
    Over the years i think I've used ever cold blue on the market. All of them are made of the same basic formula just differing amounts. Brownells sell quite a few versions and oxpho blue is the most popular. I actually use dicropan IM from them. It is actually a replacement for rust bluing.. takes a bit of work to perfect the process, but it is seems to last longer than any other cold blue and does not change color over time. Brownells has specific instructions for each. Pays to read them
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  10. bladeandbarrel

    bladeandbarrel ISO The Very Best 1911's Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2019
    It can be durable if you clean the surface with alcohol and use some heat. I prefer the paste/gel type products...they seem to work best for me.
  11. hks1911

    hks1911 Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2018
    I have been using the Kleenbore Black Magic and it seems to be darker than the Birchwood Casey Presto Mag, but your finish came out great. Too bad I don't airbrush...
  12. Eastwood1

    Eastwood1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 19, 2017
    Yea after a few attempts with doing cold I threw slide in oven for 15 min at 285 pulled it out an airbrushed it on an came out a dark black grey looks great just don’t think is gonna last to long compared to other types
  13. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Looks great. I think it will be fine. Just keep a silicone rag or oil and it should be fine.
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  14. Eastwood1

    Eastwood1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 19, 2017
    Thanks yea I am gonna take it a lil further I believe an see how dark or deep I can go with a. Few more coats
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  15. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    Although the instructions say you can leave oil on the surface, I think Brownell’s Oxpho Blue works best if you degrease the part and heat it up before application.

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