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Old 02-15-2018, 7:10 AM
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Sitting here thinking about picking up a brass framed BP SAA that is in decent condition, but is showing it's age. Thought it might be something to play with by polishing the frame and stripping the blue off the bbl.. cylinder.. etc. and buffing the raw to a high polish just to make it 'different'. The question is what could be used to take the blue off?? Naval Jelly?? Metal Rescue??? Have you ever done this, and what did you use?? Thanks in advance....
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Any commercial Bluing remover (Birchwood Casey, etc.), diluted Muriatic Acid *safety first - always add Acid to (distilled) Water, never add water to acid!* or even ordinary white vinegar, or just mechanically (sand/abrade/polish it off)

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Naval jelly has no use for anything gun related.
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I have had good luck with warm vinegar.
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Naval jelly has no use for anything gun related.
Hmm?? I figured since the blue was actually a controlled rust it would do OK??

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I have had good luck with warm vinegar.
That reminds me I've used a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar to strip the 'patina' off marine brass. I wonder??
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Naval Jelly will remove bluing quickly. Be careful to keep it away from any finish you don't want removed.

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evapo-rust is what I use. It can be re-used indefinitely (almost) and doesn't really smell.

Good to have to remove rust, and because bluing is essentially converted rust it will take it off too. but you have to leave the parts submerged in it for a while, so need containers large enough. PVC pipe can be used for barrels, etc.

Leave in for a couple of days. all bluing will go bye bye.
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evapo-rust is what I use. It can be re-used indefinitely (almost) and doesn't really smell.
I wonder if that is the same formula as Metal Rescue?? Looks like the prices are a bit better.

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I wonder if that is the same formula as Metal Rescue?? Looks like the prices are a bit better.
Not sure.
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[QUOTE=condor;21286920]Hmm?? I figured since the blue was actually a controlled rust it would do OK??

No, It will etch the steel.

If you want the blue off, polish it off. You will have to anyway as part of the metal prep.
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Is this a black powder revolver?

Will you shoot it?

Black Powder is Crazy corrosive vs smokeless powder....
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I have had good luck with warm vinegar.
2nd this ^^
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Is this a black powder revolver?

Will you shoot it?

Black Powder is Crazy corrosive vs smokeless powder....
Yep... and probably not, although if I did it wouldn't be with BP but a substitute like Pyrodex or non corrosive Blackhorn 209.. I have plenty of NIB/BP's already. This one was getting a little seedy, and I thought what the 'H' if it auctions off low enough it'd be fun to play with it a bit. However, a couple of bidders locked horns and wanted it for way more than I did. So not this time around, but all this info is good to know. I am curious though. Why would the blueing on a BP pistol be any different than a smokeless??
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I have had good luck with warm vinegar.
Get a gallon of cheap vinegar and have at it works great. You ever get a neat patina look. Will clean the brass up also.
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If you use some type of liquid it will get into the barrel threads where they go into the frame. I doubt you could get all of it out/nuteralized without pulling the barrel and it will keep eating away.
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Get a gallon of cheap vinegar and have at it works great. You ever get a neat patina look. Will clean the brass up also.
Yep, been using a 50:50 solution of white vineger and water for years to clean up boat brass and bronze...

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If you use some type of liquid it will get into the barrel threads where they go into the frame. I doubt you could get all of it out/nuteralized without pulling the barrel and it will keep eating away.
Have you ever had that happen?? Maybe a soak in baking soda and water would take care of that problem??
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Only way is to remove the barrel, clean the threads of barrel and frame than install.
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I use muriatic acid from home depot. Takesthe rust off and blue instantaneously, near-zero scrubbing.

Must neutralize in baking soda solution and oil right away too or else the white finish will flash rust in an hour or two and you have to start over.

Be aware it will self patina over time. We do it all the time with rifles but i dont think the results will be attractive for a revolver. Id strip and rust blue it. Mark lee express.
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