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Bluing/blackening stainless steel

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by mike campbell, Jan 10, 2012.

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  1. mike campbell

    mike campbell Active Member

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    Years ago I had the action of a stainless Ruger O/U blackened in a very attractive satin finish. That shop is no longer in business but, at the time, a high polish was not an option. Anybody know of a process/shop that will 1) blue a stainless gun and 2) do it with a high polish?
     
  2. W.P.T.

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    I'm not sure if it would work on a Stainless steel gun, but I had a Model 12 "Hot Blued" a few years ago and it looks like black chrome ... Might want to Goggle blueing shops and see what they say about it ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  3. g7777777

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    They make solutions for that but it isnt anywhere near as durable as even standard bluing

    There was a company that black chrome plated guns years ago- probably there are companies now that do that- that looked good and didnt show wear

    Probably google black chrome plating

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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    You might want to call these people. Mike.
     
  5. jlb

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    I read that Fabbri had developed a process for "bluing" stainless steel. The article indicated that it was a major breakthrough as a stainless gun would look like a steel unit. Here is a link to a photo of what is called in the caption a diamond coated stainless steel fabbri. No the diamonds are not the size of acorns.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeyardley/5529426966/

    jlb
     
  6. yzfart

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    When the last poster mentioned diamond coating - I remembered something.

    Many motorcycles us a DLC (Diamond Like Coating) on the fork stanchions for its excellent wear characteristics and its very slick surface finish.

    It is a beautiful shiny black and is tough as hell. I never thought of it on a gun ... darn good idea!

    It might be another search avenue for you.


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  7. Sky Buster

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    Smith & Wesson used to blue stainless. The finish was called
    "black magic". It was not very durable. I believe they dropped
    the process. A good alternative is a matte Dura-Coat or similar
    spray & bake finishes. Much more durable the bluing.
     
  8. Patrick Haskins

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    One of my officers had a blued stainless Smith 686. It was carried for years and the bluing was still in good shape, with just a little holster shine.
    Pat
     
  9. kyskeet

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    Once owned a Sauer rifle with a black chrome over stainless barreled action.
     
  10. gun fitter

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    You can always plate with mild steel and then blue if you want it to look like blued steel.
    Joe
     
  11. Claymuncher

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    Robar Coatings, Phoenix Arizona, did a fine job on a Ruger Super Redhawk for me. It is now satin black.

    CM
     
  12. Barry C. Roach

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    Cerakote. Unless you want a high gloss finish.
     
  13. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Dulite 3.0 hot bluing salts is also used to blacken stainless steel.
     
  14. mike campbell

    mike campbell Active Member

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    Thanks for all the responses. I'm aware of some of the processes mentioned but, I guess since I'm thinking purely cosmetic here, I should probably try to see and handle some before comitting to anything.


    "Robar Coatings, Phoenix Arizona, did a fine job on a Ruger Super Redhawk for me. It is now satin black.

    CM"

    CM,

    Any chance of seeing a pic of your gun? If you have one you could email it to me if you don't want to post it. Sure would appreciate it.
     
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