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    Default How to remove cold bluing???

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    I purchased a 1942 CE from a friend of mine and should be getting the rifle tomorrow. When he took the rifle in to have it checked out at the local gunsmith the knuckleheaded gunsmith thought he would coat the buttplate, recoil lug and stock disc with cold bluing because the finish looked thin to him. And he did this all without asking!!!!! My question is how do I remove the cold bluing? This is supposed to be a all matching slant script CE so I don't want to ruin anything in the process either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 31pickemup View Post
    Hey Gang
    I purchased a 1942 CE from a friend of mine and should be getting the rifle tomorrow. When he took the rifle in to have it checked out at the local gunsmith the knuckleheaded gunsmith thought he would coat the buttplate, recoil lug and stock disc with cold bluing because the finish looked thin to him. And he did this all without asking!!!!! My question is how do I remove the cold bluing? This is supposed to be a all matching slant script CE so I don't want to ruin anything in the process either.

    Adam
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    Flitz. Bill is right re white vinegar, but it will remove original blue too.

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    Where would you find flitz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 31pickemup View Post
    Where would you find flitz?
    I like to use Brownells:
    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/cid=0...l/search=flitz


    or just Google "Flitz"
    http://www.google.com/search?q=flitz...I7DVXA_enUS297

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    He's de-blueing parts that should not be blued. SO thats not an issue. I really have not tried so I have no idea how much elboe grease is required to remove the old cold blue. The butplate and recoil lug can be removed to be de-blued but the takedown disc is a little trickier to remove.

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    Putting things white = Bill's advice = white vinegar. Be careful with this stuff if a dot gets on your blue it will remove it. Don't have white vinegar in the same room or cloth, etc., where you have firearms or parts that you don't want deblued ;)

    Generally, Flitz will remove cold blue pretty easily.

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    Motor Oil will work too, but you have to apply some elbow grease.

    I havent heard of Flitz.

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    It is a metal polish, much like Semi-Chrome. Flitz is blue and Semi-Chrome is pink but they do the same. Blade collectors tend to use it more than firearm collectors. As with any metal polish, it is slightly abrasive, so if you don't want to remove original finish (bluing and guilting) don't use it near it. As mauser99 said, these parts are supposed to be "in the white" so it doesn't matter hear.

    For what it is worth, I don't believe I would take any more guns to that gunsmith! Ron

    Quote Originally Posted by don w View Post
    Motor Oil will work too, but you have to apply some elbow grease.

    I havent heard of Flitz.

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    I've been using Flitz over 20 years and not found it to take off original blue unless you abuse it. If you rubbed original blue long and hard enough with a wool sock it would thin at some point. A "rule" on using Flitz on original blue to remove cold blue I follow is this: rub with a q-tip with Flitz on it. If you are pressing hard enough to break the q-tip you're applying too much initial pressure. This is like the two fingered screwdriver torque rule. Flitz takes rust and cold blue off quickly, well before original blue. Like anythng, don't over-do it.

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