Gun bluing is a part of basic maintenance for any firearm owner. Bluing restores a professional-looking finish to your gun and combats the corrosive elements that degrade the metal over time. Although many people take their guns to the local gun shop for bluing, it is actually a simple process that makes a great do-it-yourself project.
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Gathering all of the materials for bluing your gun. You'll need several pieces of scrap cloth; old towels or T-shirts work best, but anything clean and free from oil is acceptable. You'll also need a gun bluing kit and a bottle of your favourite gun oil. Bluing kits are available in a variety of brands; the one you use is largely a matter of preference.
Prepare the surface of the gun. Use sandpaper to remove any rust that's started to form on the barrel and to smooth out any dings in the metal. Once the sanding is complete, go over the barrel with a piece of steel wool to remove any oil and debris.
Squirt a small amount of bluing agent onto an old cloth. Starting at the base of the barrel, begin rubbing the bluing agent into the barrel as if you are polishing it. Concentrate on a small area of just a few inches. Continue rubbing diligently until the metal begins to take on the shade of blue you desire. Repeat this process all the way down the barrel until the entire gun barrel has received a new blue finish. When first applied, the bluing will have a dull hue. Use a piece of #0000 steel wool to polish the bluing and bring out the shine and lustre of the gun. After shining the gun bluing with steel wool, use a new scrap cloth to apply a coating of gun oil to the surface. This will prevent oxidation and extend the life of your firearm.
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