Hey guys I have a beautiful Winchester in 32 special from 1958 that is almost flawless except for one spot on the barrel that is sort of a smudged rust color. About an inch or so long. Thee bluing on the rest of the rifle is perfect. I have tried the normal bluing compounds to no avail. Is there any type of coloring stick like a sharpie marker that can be used to just cover the spot up. There is no pitting at all just as smooth as can be. I was just hoping with all the new technology today there should be something that could mask the spot better than what it is…..Tricks of the trade so to speak..
April 15, 2005
Wonder if, despite the rust color, the mark could be made by something other than rust, because there’s no reason the touch-up blue you used wouldn’t have had some effect. Did you de-grease the area with a solvent like acetone before using the touch-up?
No new technology I know of, but your idea of the sharpie, IF you could find the right color match, seems worth trying.
Looks to me like there might have been VERY light surface rust that was removed before pitting could develop. That doesn’t explain why your touch-up blue failed to have any effect…unless the metal was rubbed with one of those silicone-impregnated cloths. If that happened, no solvent will remove the silicone. Think your best option is to have the mag tube reblued, because you’re never going to get a perfect match with cold blue anyway.