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To Blue Or Not To Blue

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by Steve Thom@$, May 24, 2021.

  1. Steve Thom@$

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    I recently bought an old battered Diana Mod 2. After scrubbing 50 odd years of kak and rust off it I’ve now got the dilemma of whether I should just leave it as it is or attempt to cold blue it. It’s not something I’ve ever done so don’t know how idiot proof it is. I’ve been looking on eBay at a few bluing products but don’t really know which is the best.
     

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    I've done some (cold) bluing, but only to small areas and it was okay, but not really worth it for large areas. There is a resident expert on this site if you want the whole thing done properly: Paul Chell. Use the search button and you will see his work, it looks great.
     
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    I'd leave it the way it is. Its original. It's only original once.
     
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    If that's cast alloy it's not going to blue anyway.
     
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    Not really sure what it is, think it may be tin plate but it was blued originally, I stripped it back because it had quite a bit of rust and pitting.
     
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    It's pressed steel, It would do no harm to put a cold blue on it but it would be RUINED with a modern hot blacking finish and VALUELESS to any genuine collector ---- like so many honest collectors guns are treated !
     
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    Run a magnet over it, if it's magnetic it should take cold blue. You have to get it very clean and free from grease, so wash it a couple of times with a degreaser and then do not handle it with your bare hands, use light rubber gloves. I just done a messed up barrel and I was very please how it turned out, but I did not submerge it like the instructions said, I suspended it and painted it on in 7 coats with a light buffing of wire wool in between coats followed by a wash in clean water:


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  8. Steve Thom@$

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    That’s a cracking job mate. With the Diana it was only a cheapie I picked up so I wouldn’t be devastated if it turned out a bit patchy, I wanted to practice a bit of cold bluing because I’ve got an old Webley Falcon which needs retouching so do want to get some decent results on that. What did you use for yours?
     
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    Originally it was blued, it was in a bit of state when I got it so decided it couldn’t look any worse if I stripped it back to the bare metal. It’s not particularly valuable and wouldn’t be devastated if it turned out patchy or streaked but it actually turned out better than I thought it would once I stripped it. It fires great for what it is though.
     
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    Correct lad!
     
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    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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