As with any firearm, moisture, chemicals and routine handling remove the original protection and make it subject to tarnish, rust and, eventually, pitting.
Rust bluing is a process normally reserved for double barrels and/or very old firearms. Years ago, bluing commonly used a chemical containing Cyanide. This was the active agent that produced the blue/gray or blue/black color. Today’s bluing chemicals, strange as it may seem, do not contain cyanide. Since modern “salts” combined with high heat can have an adverse affect on the solder used to fasten the barrels to the rib, a “rust” process and lower heat is used. Not only does it produce a color closer to the old gray/blue, it does not have the same potential affect the solder. However, this process is much more labor intensive; extended by six to eight applications of the rust process. As you can imagine, this increase in effort directly affects the price.
Once again, color and protection are restored to your firearm that should last a long time.
The Shooter’s Roost uses an extensive process to create or recreate a new and durable finish intended to last for years. This process includes any or all of the following steps:
• Complete dis-assembly and inspection of parts
• Grease, rust and “crud” removal
• Bead blasting (depending on condition and desired finish)
• Polishing with one to five different grit polishes
• “Hot soap” oil and polish removal
• Thorough cold rinse
• Chemical “pickling”
• Hot rinse
• Rust blue application
• Hot rinse
• Thorough carding with wheels and brushes
• Repetition of the last three steps five to seven more times
• Water dispersing oil bath
• Wipe down and oil
Remember, the length of time required to perform these steps will vary greatly depending on the type, age, style and condition of the firearm.
Some retail bluing prices are listed on our pricing page.
Dealers program available for FFL holders.
The services we offer may require us to see your specific needs in order to quote a price. Often this can be done via email and/or scanned pictures.
Please contact us for an estimate or for more details.