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Lessening the shine of a bright area
March 29, 2013
2:45 pm
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I inherited an otherwise nice '94 SRC that has no bluing remaining and a shinny or bright area on the side of the receiver where attempts were made to remove some deep scratches. How can I wotk this area in order to give it a more aged appearance? I tried 0000 Steel Wool with only a little improvement, Maybe coarser Steel Wool?

March 29, 2013
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Trying to match finish is the hardest problem for any gunsmith. It involves trying different acids or bluing solutions to blend the area. Sometimes you can never get the area to disappear so you have to do the entire receiver.

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March 30, 2013
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The remainder of the gun is now a dull grey. I would appreciate any ideas on how I may get the bright area at least a little closer to the curren dull finish. 800 grit paper and 0000 steel wool only made neglible improvement.

March 31, 2013
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Continued use of 0000 steel wool will only make it shine more. You'll probably have to do the entire receiver, but it may take some experimentation to get the right color you want. If it were mine, I might try a "French gray", which would require cold-blueing the receiver, and then rubbing it back with steel wool and oil until you get a gray color you like. I'm sure there are others that have different methods they use.

June 5, 2013
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Reviewing Posts reminded me to update this.
I found that repeated applications of apple cider vinegar lessened the "shine" about 50%. Still not as dull as the ramainder of the gun but an improvement until I get around to having it professionaly blued.

June 7, 2013
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I have used ketchup, mustard, and hot sauce to acid etch the surface of new screws by submerging the screws in one of the three and leaving overnight. They all work about the same and have same results. Not sure how it would turn out with a receiver. Some knife makers use this process to etch knife blades for an antique looking finish.

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