Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:49 AM
I would like to get some help and suggestions on how to blue your own hardware.
I am considering using blued hardware (snakes, winding check etc.) for some future projects and I am in doubt if it is worth
The effort to do it myself instead of buying it somewhere.
If you've got some experience with doning this it would be nice if you want share it with me.
The same goes for people who have bought blued hardware. Can you share where you got it and give an impression of the quality.
Thanks a lot.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:29 PM
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 02:13 PM
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 06:46 PM
Brass, including nickel silver, can be blued by any one of the commercial brass bluing products. Birchwood Casey is one that I have found some success with although others dis like it. I have found that polishing the brass ( NS) with 1000 grit or red rouge will result in a blotchy finish. Better results are obtained with a lesser grade of sand paper such as 800 grit. Blued brass is not a durable finish and should be over coated with a clear spray lacquer.
All bluing methods demand an absolutely clean metal. I use denatured alcohol on a clean cotton cloth to degrease. Do not use paper towels. They are usually doped with stuff to keep them soft and that stuff will contaminate your metal.
Aluminum does not blue well at all. You can paint it but painting aluminum is a tricky operation at best.
If you have the choice, you are probably better off buying things with the finish you want and limit bluing efforts to restorations and situations where you just can't buy the finish you want.
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