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 Posted: Thu Oct 27th, 2016 08:47 AM
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The reason I'm asking is yesterday I bought a flat black one, think it was Birchwood Casey, but might be incorrect.

Anyway, I thoroughly cleaned the surface area real well using acetone. I also roughed it up a bit with some emery cloth. this is on the muzzle area of a Ruger American, they have a black textured finish, not really a blue type finish at all. So I followed the directions, shook it real well for about 2 hours, just kidding, about 2 or 3 minutes because I had no clue how long it had been sitting on the shelf, know what I mean.

When I applied it I was able to get an almost identical textured match, but when I checked on it today after having set over night it flaked off really easily. So I'm thinking this may not be intended as a permanent or even semi permanent touch up, but rather something to hide unsightly worn spots for the day, or while in public view, that could be an embarrassing moment ya know.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 17th, 2017 12:13 AM
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I put a few scratches on the barrel of my CZ 308 while hunting pigs in the mountains in TN. I bought a bluing pen at Cabelas and am satisfied with it. You have to make sure you remove all oil from the area to be blued. Rubbing alcohol and a soft cotton cloth is what I used. So I'd say buy another pen and give it a try.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 17th, 2017 01:08 PM
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They work for very small nicks and scratches on steel. Not recommended for anything beyond that.



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I see them a lot at gun shows. they seem to hide barrel and floorplate scratches from young buyers. A few wipes with Hoppes will return the evidence. Some of the cold blues are pretty good.



 Posted: Sat Feb 18th, 2017 04:11 AM
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If it flakes off,it is not blueing. A black magic marker will work better.I use the Brownell's Oxyblu .It is the best cold blue I have found. Degrease and heat metal first



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No matter how I apply it or prep the spot, it still just flakes off with my finger nail.

I've had very good results with most cold blue products over the years. As long as the surface is properly prepped, then thoroughly cleaned with acetone, they always come out really nice.

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I have never used the pens, but I do know from a few years working at a pain/body shop that acetone does leave a residue. Maybe try using alcohol instead and see if you get a different result?



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