View Full Version : De-Farb Look

May 21, 2010, 01:34 PM
I de-frabed my 1851 Navy 45 Colt on the computer just to see what it would look like. I didn't think it would make that much difference but it does. I really
like all all the letters taken off. Well I better get out my 400 grit paper and
cold blue and go to work.


May 21, 2010, 01:47 PM
I'm leaning towards an Uberti for this very reason.
I hate the "LOOK AT ME! I'M A PIETTA!" stamps on both sides of the barrel.
Then again, Pietta parts seem to be cheaper and more abundant, so I'd rather have the Pietta.

Let us know if sanding them off works.
If it does, I'll take that route.
I don't much care for the engraving on the cylinder, either...

May 21, 2010, 01:59 PM
I hate the "LOOK AT ME! I'M A PIETTA!" stamps on both sides of the barrel.
How about Ruger's in your face: Read the instructions… ?
Yep, I know, it's their legal department that requires such things.

May 21, 2010, 08:40 PM
The late production ASM's were good about all the proof marks on the bottom of the frame and barrel, Uberti has finally started doing the same.

I've de farbed several of mine and prefer the look myself.

May 21, 2010, 09:29 PM
kiwi, you cold blued the gun in the picture? Or just the barrel?

May 21, 2010, 10:05 PM
He Photoshopped the gun in the picture.
We're waitin' on the real-world results.
Might take some time...

May 22, 2010, 06:57 AM
For the benefit of some of our new members you may want to defarb and refinish their revolver. Brownells has a product, Art's Belgian Blue, that is a easy to use hot rust blue. It involves boiling water and several applications of the product with carding between apps.

This barrel and cylinder was bare metal with a 600 grit finish. The end result is as nice as any commercial chemical hot blue, just a different tone of black.


May 22, 2010, 10:05 AM
That's gorgeous, MCB.

May 23, 2010, 04:25 AM
That is indeed very nice but I have to put in a word for Brownell's Oxpho cold blue. If you do several treatments with steel wooling between it comes out absolutely dark, deep and lovely.