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Old June 23, 2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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barrel blue to paint question

how to remove the blue off the barrel without sanding or wire brush
guess what im asking is what is the right way to remove the bluing?
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Old June 23, 2012, 12:13 AM   #2
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Why remove it if you're going to paint over it?
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Old June 23, 2012, 01:09 AM   #3
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You can use bluing remover, bead blast, shot peen, sand blast, sand paper, ammonia fuming, nitric acid bath, or whatever you want. Or just pain it, if you are so inclined. Degrease it first.
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Old June 23, 2012, 07:09 AM   #4
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Vinegar will remove bluing, but then the metal will need to be primed prior to painting.

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Old June 23, 2012, 06:40 PM   #5
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If you're going to paint it you can just degrease really well and apply the paint over the bluing.
The remaining bluing will aid in rust prevention.

The best pre-paint treatment is to bead blast the metal. This leaves a rough finish that gives the paint a "tooth" to bond to and greatly improves adhesion.
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