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Old December 13, 2012, 01:35 PM   #22
Join Date: August 8, 2012
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Count me in the camp with those that think it's a bad idea. Having said that, if I was going to do it, I would not use the vinegar, I would just polish it. Blueing has little to no abrasion resistance and is easily removed mechanically with even mild abrasives. The problem with using vinegar is essentially it is acetic acid, this will make the steel surface more active and prone to rusting even quicker than bare steel might otherwise (which is already pretty quick to begin with). If I wanted a shiny surface, I would polish and then plate with electroless nickel or similar.
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