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Black Finish on Steel Black Powder Cannon


I build small black powder cannon as a hobby. I am currently bead blasting and painting the steel parts. This has mixed results when firing. The paint sometimes gets scratched in handling or recoil. I want a more durable black finish that looks authentic(not too shiny) and that I apply myself.

Thanks for your help!

Joel White
- Goldsboro, NC USA


Black Oxide is the finish that would be best for your application. The down side would be that you should have a reputable job shop perform the service and not attempt it yourself due to safety and environmental issues.


Tom Walen
Heatbath Corporation
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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What metal are you using?

Cast or machined?

Generic or true replica cannon?

What size?

Any good web sites for getting dimensional plans for say a 24 pounder?

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida

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