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Topic: Help - 'Blue Gun Steel' - removing tarnish marks??
Message: Posted by: Kipee (Jun 9, 2008 09:17AM)
Hi all,

Just a quick one but I have a set of cups made from "Blue Gun Steel" but after a week or so away I have got back and had them out of the cupboard to have a quick play and rehearse etc but found them to have 'spots' of brownish marks at random places on the cups, but I can't work out what it is or why its there???

Anybody have any ideas or tips on how to sort this out without any special machines, etc.? I don't want to start throwing on chemicals and cleaners if I'm going to make it worse :-S these are my pride and joy so any help would be great, especially as I have a little show in a few days and I'd like to have these up and running by then.

Thanks!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jun 9, 2008 02:28PM)
It's called ferrous oxide, also known as RUST!!!!!!

Ask Jake what to do.

When I was shooting black powder, I used an oil that would take mild cases of rust right off the surface of a firearm; however, I don't recall the name of it.
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Jun 9, 2008 02:37PM)
Just arrived in WV at the other shop. I'm on an iTouch and it's a booger to message on. Let me get into Parkersburg to an internet Café and I'll post more about what you can do. It's a simple solution.

Jake
Message: Posted by: Kipee (Jun 9, 2008 04:54PM)
Thanks Jake, look forward to hearing from you. You have my email address?
Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (Jun 12, 2008 06:51AM)
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On 2008-06-09 15:37, Mad Jake wrote:
Just arrived in WV at the other shop. I'm on an iTouch and it's a booger to message on. Let me get into Parkersburg to an internet Café and I'll post more about what you can do. It's a simple solution.

Jake
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Jake, I'm looking forward to seeing your answer, as I have an old Ruger 10/22 carbine with some slight rust spots I'd like to spiff up, but I have been afraid to do anything for fear of screwing the job up.
Don
Message: Posted by: Kipee (Jun 12, 2008 07:24AM)
As Jake mentioned above - he is currently at his other workshop, but for all who are interested, here is the information I received from RNT2 to help remove the tarnishing and maintain your cups! - Thanks Jake! :)

"The spots are a reaction from the PH level in your sweat that is on your hands. If you take a green or red scotchbrite pad this will remove them.
To maintain the cups and keep them from doing this, there is a product that I use to polish the cups prior to shipping. The product name is Flitz
and originated in Germany so I'm sure it's available where you are at."

Hope this helps you guys and girls too!
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Jun 12, 2008 12:21PM)
This will take several applications. I've been using a set of blue steel cups and flitz'd them 1 a week for 2 months and now every other month or so and have had no reaction issues or rust.

I hope to be home mid next week, in the mean time you can email marcellajeanz@mac.com with any other questions and she'll foward them to me to my iTouch. I can't read email on this thing and can barely read the Café :lol:
Message: Posted by: fortasse (Jun 12, 2008 01:56PM)
Flitz makes great products.

I also like Never-Dull (especially for brass and copper that are not too badly tarnished). Speaking of which, Bill Robinson over at Viking Magic has always warned everybody off of Brasso which he says removes too much of the brass (not good for precisely-fitted parts in brass micro-magic).

Hagarty also makes a wide range of good polishes for various metals.

Fortasse
Message: Posted by: Kipee (Jun 12, 2008 03:16PM)
My next job is finding some - does anybody know where I can find Flitz here in the UK??

Closest I've found so far is Germany, or the USA (for $6 shipping on a 3.4Oz tube!)??
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jun 12, 2008 04:27PM)
Check in your various auto shops, Tesco, or Costco.
Message: Posted by: Richard Evans (Jun 12, 2008 05:04PM)
Flitz isn't a widely-availale product in the UK. You can get it from a UK-based online retailer (might be easier): http://www.midwayuk.com/
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Jun 12, 2008 05:52PM)
Just curious, isn't there a blueing agent for guns. I believe I saw some in Walmart. If I recall It was for fixing this particular problem. Walmart had two different items for this.
Ray
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Jun 12, 2008 06:07PM)
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On 2008-06-12 16:16, Kipee wrote:
My next job is finding some - does anybody know where I can find Flitz here in the UK??

Closest I've found so far is Germany, or the USA (for $6 shipping on a 3.4Oz tube!)??
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http://www.flitz.com that 3.4 oz tube will last you a long long time.