View Full Version : why iron nails in rustbluing soloution?

February 19, 2009, 05:20 PM
im trying to make some rustbluing solution by mixing nitric and Hydrochloric acid whit destilated water but it does not work so good:barf: no i heard that you should add iron wire to the mix untill it cant eat no more.. but why can someone please answer me:confused:

February 19, 2009, 07:17 PM
You may want to consider reading this link all the way through:



February 20, 2009, 01:21 AM
Look in Howe (http://www.scribd.com/doc/3844106/the-modern-gunsmith-v1-howe-1941) for old rustbluing formulas. Watch out though. A lot of his stuff is old, old school and very toxic.


February 20, 2009, 02:28 PM
You probably already know this but the chemicals you refer to present serious hazards. If you have not already done so, please look at the MSDSs for these. Here's a couple links, please check hazards and controls:

Nitric (http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/n3660.htm)

Hydrochloric (http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/H3880.htm)