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Offline hortonstn

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Grey finish
« on: October 10, 2019, 01:53:18 AM »
Will the grey finish achieved with bc blue rubbed back last in normal use I like the look but don't want to have to redo after rifle is finished
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Offline alex e.

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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 02:14:32 AM »
Probably not,
With use,all metal finishes are temporary. I've worn browned and blued  barrels down to bare metal.
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Offline hortonstn

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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 03:50:21 AM »
Thanks I may just polish it problem is the sun sure makes it hard to shoot
I guess I could just shoot on cloudy days here in Missouri that happens a lot!,

Offline Mauser06

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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2019, 04:01:50 AM »
Finish it as you like.....then let nature take its course.

Offline B.Barker

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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2019, 09:22:04 PM »
If you want a good durable grey finish use cold brown and card it before each new application. Once you get a nice even color on the last coat don't card. Drop the parts into water that is 180 degrees or a bit hotter until they turn black. Pull the parts out and rub them back to a grey color. You may need to quite aggressive to get it back to the color you want. I use green 3M pads soaked in WD40 to rub the parts back. This finish will hold up quite well and will not rub off.

Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2019, 04:27:48 PM »
Cold blue rubbed back looks great at first but will wear off quickly with use.

Offline Bob McBride

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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2019, 04:58:57 PM »
Iím not sure what Brooks uses to grey his barrels but it holds up very well.
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Offline Pete G.

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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2019, 06:04:45 PM »
Try phosphoric acid, sold as rust remover.

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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2019, 06:12:50 PM »
Iím not sure what Brooks uses to grey his barrels but it holds up very well.
Very long and complicated process. Not for the faint of heart.
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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2019, 07:16:13 PM »
Or naval jelly... my only concern is how to safely dispose of the stuff

Offline Craig Wilcox

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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2019, 12:32:01 AM »
Smokepole, Naval Jelly is mostly phosphoric acid, if I recall correctly.  Washing the part with a lot of water will dilute it satisfactorily so that it doesn't hurt your drain system.
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Offline hortonstn

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Re: Grey finish
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2019, 01:48:44 AM »
Please describe the navel jelly process
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