Hot Salt Bluing (Black)....

Discussion in 'Revolvers' started by Slapshot, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    1st attempt at re-bluing (black)..
    Before
    36.jpg
    After
    36-5.jpg
    Equipment
    salt.jpg
     
  2. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    can't complain about that ;)
     
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  3. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    It's not perfect but I really wanted to give it a shot. The first round I just bead blasted it and cooked it. It enhanced every flaw it had! :) So I broke out the emery cloth and buffer and put a few hours into it and tried again with better results. I took it to the range yesterday and warmed it up a bit, cleaned it, and then hit it with some cleaner wax. It smoothed out the graininess quite a bit. I think it will only get better.
     
  4. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    that looks great, well done
     
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  5. Harleyvato

    Harleyvato Well-Known Member

    222
    Apr 8, 2017
    From my scant knowledge of hot bluing it’s both art and science. Looks great to me!
     
  6. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    Thank you it was a fun project and I learned quite a bit.


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  7. RazorBurn

    RazorBurn Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2012
    Damn nice job for your first time!
     
  8. DukeSoprano

    DukeSoprano Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Jan 17, 2013
    That is cool! Great job!
     
  9. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    Thanks again. Technically it was the second time. The first was just a quick bead blast and bluing. You could really see all the pitting and any type of corrosion that was on the surface. I’d have to say my biggest mistake was trying to use too fine of Emory cloth to begin with. I was worried about rounding things off and fading the stamp markings. For some reason the side -plate came out lighter the first time. I think it may have seen more or less heat in the bath. I put it on the frame the second time and it came out much nicer.


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  10. DukeSoprano

    DukeSoprano Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Jan 17, 2013
    well feel free to add a step by step.......with lots of pics!
     
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  11. KTXdm9

    KTXdm9 Well-Known Member

    445
    Sep 23, 2018
    Looks good, especially for your first time!
     
  12. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    I call that a good job.
     
  13. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    Well I always start out with that intention but once I get going I never take the time to snap the pics. The biggest thing is the prep. I spent a lot of time with a 220 grit shop roll and focused on the areas that were really pitted. I used stones, pencils, dowels, etc.. to wrap the abrasive cloth around to get in the areas that needed the most attention and to stay off of the stampings. I bought a cheap buffer from HF and some 220 and 320 buffing compound to blend everything. It seemed to me that the finer polish actually made the flaws stand out more so I ended up using the 220 grit. Once it seemed pretty even I hit it in the bead blaster. I bought a cheap deep fryer (ceramic coated) and brought the salts to a boil. I put everything in an ultra-sonic cleaner for de-greasing. I had a slop sink with a 5 gallon bucket right next to the cooker with running water to rinse the parts. I used rebar tie black wire de-greased to hang the parts. Cleaner - water - soup for 30 minutes - back into the running water - water displacing oil - done. You have to be very careful and read as much as you can because the salts are no joke. You have to make sure there's no aluminum or zinc introduced to the salts or you'll have problems. PPE is a must - gloves, face shield, respirator, etc.. Do it outside if you can. Feel free to ask any questions and I'll do the best I can to answer them.
     
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  14. Steve Kind

    Steve Kind New Member

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    Dec 25, 2017
    Looks great.......Especially for your 1st time......congrats!
     

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