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Old January 11, 2020, 08:31 PM   #16
Join Date: February 12, 2001
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0000 steel wool will remove blue ...I've done it
Clean and dry 0000 steel wool should not remove a blued finish.

That said, steel wool usually has a little bit of oil on it to keep it from rusting and if it's used to remove rust, the rust will stick to the oil and to the steel wool. Rust is iron oxide--an abrasive. If you rub steel wool that has been impregnated with iron oxide on to a blued finish, it will begin to take it off, but even then it shouldn't come off really quickly. You'll just be able to see the finish start to fade.
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