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getting a dark grey aged patina on MZ barrel

I have a muzzleloader barrel that I want to put a dark grey aged patina look to it. The barrel still has some bluing that I will need to take off first. I have two questions: First, How do I take off the old bluing on the barrel? Second, How do I produce a dark grey aged patina look to the barrel? Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou, Respectfully, cowboys1062.
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Re: getting a dark grey aged patina on MZ barrel

Did you Google how to age a barrel? I tried searching using Clorox to age a barrel. I found that some have used Clorox on some and Mustard on others. I have seen barrels that had been done with Clorox and they seem to have a nice grey finish.
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Re: getting a dark grey aged patina on MZ barrel

Birchwood Casey or Oxpho gun bluing. If you only go with a couple of coats, and then neutralize, it will come out grey. Add coats to get what you want. If you go too deep, rub it back (carding) with a wet terry rag.

Get it where you want it, rub it back once more with rag and water, then oil it to stop the process.

When applying, do long even single sweeps. DO NOT re-coat where already done until dry and carded. It will cause reactions, and cause streaking and multiple colors, like browns, coppers and yellows. One sweep of each flat, let dry and card.

Now and then later on (days, weeks, etc...) you might get a start of rust spots. Just a bit of fine steel wool and oil will rub them out. Just not too hard or you will mess up the blue/grey.

If you don't like it, do it again! That's part of the fun. There is no right color, only right for you!

Birchwood Casey makes a bluing kit. Has Perma Blue, Bluing/browning remover and Degreaser. Plus swabs, steel wool and emery cloth. And directions. Plus, search Birchwood Casey barrel bluing on UTube. All sorts of experts!

Then next time, get a bottle of BC plum brown! and Break out the heat gun

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Re: getting a dark grey aged patina on MZ barrel

I ended up using BC's Blue&Rust Remover to strip off the old bluing. Then used 0000 steel wool on the barrel to clean up any traces of bluing left. I then reblued the barrel using BC's Super Blue while evening everything out using some more 0000 steel wool. The barrel turned dark blue to black in color. I kept using the steel wool until a dark grey color was achieved. I then mixed Vinegar and Mustard together and applied it to the barrel. I let the mixture dry on the barrel for a couple of hours. I then took a washcloth and wiped all the mixture off the barrel. The barrel turned a real dark grey to black in color. I then took the 0000 steel wool and rubbed the barrel down real good until I achieved the desired medium to dark grey aged patina look on the barrel that I desired. The barrel's finish looks real good with that aged patina. Last step was putting a light coat of gun oil on the barrel and putting her away. I want to thank everyone for the suggestions and advice! It gave me alot of options to think about. The end results were better than I could have hoped for. Respectfully, cowboys1062.
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Any pictures?
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Re: getting a dark grey aged patina on MZ barrel

I did my T/C hawken with a grey aged look to it with birthwood caseys perma-blue....sanded it the factory bluing to almost metal, then just swabbed it on with Q tips to get the finish I wanted....it came out with a real nice blotchy pattern to it....kept it oiled and lasted a good long time....

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