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"Gun browning of antique hinges and latches"


Q. I would like to buy some gun browning but have not been able to find a source. I would like to experiment with it for use in "ageing" the metal in antiques (hinges, latches, etc.).

Patrick Michael
hobbyist, antique restorer - Eugene, Oregon


Are these hinges and latches steel, or are they brass, Patrick? Browning and other coloring solutions are unlike paint; they don't put a pre-colored coating onto an object. Rather, the chemical reacts with the base metal. Chemical that turn a steel gun barrel brown are available, but would likely have a completely different and unsatisfactory reaction with a brass hinge.

Liver of Sulphur [affil. link to info/product on Amazon]is what you would use to darken brass. But it must react with the brass -- it won't work on steel. Good luck.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
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"Firearm Blueing and Browning"
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The original question is about where to acquire gun browning and the previous answer only addresses the method of action of the browning. I have an old shotgun I would like to refinish, but I have been unable to find browning. I have checked with many firearms dealers and even Cabela's, though everyone knew what I wanted, none of them knew where to purchase any.

Gregory Allen
- New Martinsville West Virginia USA


Letter 13345 lists the raw chemicals required, Gregory. You can probably get them from a lab supply company like Sargent-Welch. Good luck.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
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Birchwood-Casey Plum Brown [affil. link to info/product on Amazon]makes gun blueing as well as gun browning solutions. I just bought a bottle of browning at Sportsman's Warehouse. You can order direct from their website as well.

mark singer
- arvada, Colorado U.S.A.

2007 -- this entry appended to this thread by editor in lieu of spawning a duplicative thread

How do I create a brown finish on a piece of gun hardware (buttstock plate) ... not the working part of the gun or barrel? I am a hobbyist and own a Model 1885 Winchester drop block low wall that has long since been bore sleeved (stainless) to K-Hornet. The i885 is actually blue but the plate is a badly worn brown so no match is required ... just a protective finish.

Bob Caldwell
hobbyist - Grand Marais, Michigan

December 13, 2012

Dixie Gun Works. And, they have a nice web site.

Will Clement
- East Millinocket, Maine USA

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