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topic 1684

Steel Blackening Solution


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Bob Brownell's Gunsmith -- Complete I, II, and III & IV

1999

I am looking for a recipe to put a black finish on mild steel. Can anybody help me. Kevin

kevin C [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
sawell - South Africa




1999

Hi Kevin,

We have an FAQ about black oxide and cold blackening. You can follow that up with more in-depth information in the Metal finishing Guidebook. After you have a general idea what technology you are interested in, please get back to us with your followup questions. Thanks.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey


Brownells Oxpho-Blue
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February 7, 2008

For blackening mild steel, and pretty much any ferrous (non-stainless) steel, try Brownell's Oxpho-Blue. Shy of sending parts out for hot blueing and specialty oxide blackening, this has been the easiest and most durable cold-blue solution I've ever used.

Mike Forti
- Franklin, Massachusetts

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