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Offline ssb73q

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Cold Blue O/U
« on: January 03, 2020, 07:07:01 AM »
Hi, my Ithaca/SSB over/under had significant blue removal from handling in the areas of the action. The gun is supposed to be blued with Black Chrome. I did a lot of research on how to cold blue wear areas of Black Chrome with zero luck. Just for grins I decided to try using Browenells Oxpho-Blue liquid on the wear areas of the O/U. I noticed that there was some darkening of the wear areas, but it wasn't uniform or very dark. A light coat of Ballistol was then put on the wear areas the followed with the Oxpho-Blue. Just that use of Ballistol made a huge difference where the Oxpho-Blue uniformly darkened the wear areas. I wish I had taken before pictures, but did take photos of the cold bluing result. It will be interesting on how the cold blue wears with use. The after photos:

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« Last Edit: January 04, 2020, 03:52:55 AM by ssb73q »
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Re: Cold Blue O/U
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2020, 08:55:22 AM »
Looks really good Richard.

Strange that the bluing worked AFTER the application of oil. You'd think that the oil would not allow the bluing to work.
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Re: Cold Blue O/U
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2020, 09:02:33 AM »
Hi Dave, I would think the same. Ballistol is missable with water so it becomes a carrier for the bluing solution. The instructions on the Brownells Oxpho-Blue bottle says it can be put right on an oiled gun. I just ordered a 32oz bottle of the Brownells Oxpho-Blue, my 4oz bottle is almost empty.

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« Last Edit: January 04, 2020, 03:56:58 AM by ssb73q »
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Re: Cold Blue O/U
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2020, 09:49:19 AM »
Oxpho-Blue is good stuff for sure. I once re-blued an entire Browning Hi-Power with it. I need to get more of it myself.
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Re: Cold Blue O/U
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2020, 10:13:06 AM »
Oxpho-Blue is good stuff for sure. I once re-blued an entire Browning Hi-Power with it. I need to get more of it myself.
Liquid or gel?
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Re: Cold Blue O/U
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2020, 01:39:11 PM »
Oxpho-Blue is good stuff for sure. I once re-blued an entire Browning Hi-Power with it. I need to get more of it myself.
Liquid or gel?

Gel, of course.
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Re: Cold Blue O/U
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2020, 09:31:18 PM »
I prefer the gel myself, but something about it required HAZMAT shipping.
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Re: Cold Blue O/U
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2020, 07:37:07 PM »
I now have new bottles of gel and liquid as I have heard that mixed equal parts, it makes a superior blue. The paste stays in place rather than running.