bluing techniques for firearms and there variations


Ive seen a lot of nice antiques ruined by Cerakote. I always hesitate to have any weapon system with tight tolerances treated with it.


Good question mike. Everyone already covered this thread pretty well. Everyone’s technique will very. I agree you should have really good ventilation, and I mean like outside almost.
About ten plus years ago when I first started down this slippery slope I bought a Yugoslavian 8mm Mauser with a sewer pipe for a barrel. It was sporterized and everything. So I bought a NOS surplus barrel, cut a relief for the extractor, and removed the machining marks and polished the barrel. Cleaned up the action as well. Filled the throat and crown of the barrel with silicone. Built a steel water tight tank. Heated the water to boiling. Degreased all parts. And started the bluing process.

This is decade old bluing and still looks good to me. Believe it or not this was mi first project ever with machining, or bluing.

Just be safe and have fun Mike! Because if it isn’t fun then it’s just work :smiley:


that is some dam fine work you down there. I need to get my welding game together and a few other skills before I take on the project itself. I plan on letting a professional take it on and work on some small project that won’t cost a arm and a leg to do :smile:

the bluing you did is great. I’ve seen a few videos on youtube and the pre work is 95% of the project :wink:


Absolutely! Hahhahaha
I always ask why they want to Cerakote an older weapon. As for the tight tolerances… that’s why you take it to someone who knows what they are doing, AND is a gun smith. I kniw there are some cerakoters out there that can coat, but they are not smiths. Big difference.
I have also restored some weapons that were extremely pitted with rust. I do not just jump on the Cerakote everything bandwagon.


I was wondering if you knew anything about this best English black pipe finish or bluing that Holland Halloween uses and other famous to manufacture that make the Exotic stuff? Switch pod please comment as well. I’m still trying to figure out how to tag people on my cell phone. @switchpod


Good question! Holland and Holland most likely used rust bluing/ fume bluing. This would have been instead of a hot tank bluing due to the solder joints between barrels. The last thing you want to do is weaken the joints.

Here is a step by step process of “slow bluing”

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Turnbull Restorations, some of the most beautiful examples of Firearms Bluing/Case Color Hardening, simply stunning!


Here is a Plum Brown for example.
Customized Swede Mauser.


I am glad he mentioned the towels catching fire. Hahahhaha


See the video! This is basically what I do on a lot of my parts that I do. Though there are different chemicals that I use. (My own concoctions)
But this is a great way to restore or just blend in areas on older weapons.
On many older firearms, i personally usually try to convince the clients not to change the patina of the weapon.


It’s all fun and games until you wrap the oily towels up tight and throw them in a corner :grinning: