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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-28-2016, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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Steel finish

So many of you know I'm building a Hawken of sorts..


Long story short I have a blued green mountain barrel.. All the furniture and L&R lock are cast steel..

Don't know what direction to go with the furniture...


I don't really wanna mess with the barrel so it's gunna stay how it is for now...I know it won't match unless I polish and blue my furniture... No issue I have antiqued brass on my TC with a blued barrel and I don't mind..


I'd like a very old/worn look to the furniture...


My 2 thoughts are either blue it and steel wool it a bit and put some wear to it on the edges etc..

Or spray it with vinegar and let it rust and steel wool it and then wax it to preserve the look a bit...effectively it would be browning it but not as controlled or labor/time intensive...


Any thoughts or suggestions??? Once the stock work is done I have to drill/countersink the furniture and I will be ready to do start finishing the metal...
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Re: Steel finish

I used Belgian blue on my L&R lock. It has nice color, sort of antique looking. https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/ubbt...17#Post3808617
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Re: Steel finish

Polish the furniture to your liking. Then degrease it and dip the furniture in soapy salt water. Hang up to dry for 24 hours and then wash with hot clean water. Let dry and steel wool it. If you want it darker, repeat.
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Re: Steel finish

Rugered, I do like that for a blue...does have kind of a old look to it...how'd you go about polishing prior to bluing??




Zimm, sound like my vinegar spray idea....you have any pics of what it could produce??


Wasn't really planning on polishing...but the butt plate especially I had to grind off the casting left over so I guess I will have to polish/sand it all to match somewhat...
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Re: Steel finish

The idea is for a controlled slow rust. It takes on the same brown patina as frequently handled old tools, etc. The cleaning and steel wool keeps deep pits from being created. And you want just enough to color the steel brown, without that reddish loose rust scale. Once polished with 4-O steel wool and oiled it can be a very durable finish.
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Re: Steel finish

Thanx! That sounds exactly like what I am shooting for...


I got a bit of work till I'm ready for that step....but I like planning...I know there are lots of ways to rust steel...but like you said the pitting and over-rusting can easily be done...I've done the vinegar on my traps...I know otncreats rust instantly but it's a surface rust and I'm not sure it would be effective for what I'm looking to do...
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Re: Steel finish

I re browned a barrel with Laurel mountain forge browning solution. It wasn't difficult or really labor intensive.

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