Hi one and all
I am looking at re-doing the gun blue on my springers. Does anyone know where I can get gun blue in Pretoria?
Any tip, hints or suggestions?
Best is to get some niter blueing salts and do it yourself. There is a wealth of information online about this. Niter salts are the pink salts heated up till a molten state which turn steel blue. For blackening steel I think the parts are booked in water with caustic acid salts, but in not to sure.
Those DIY bluing kits do not work very well in my opinion. It is more suited for touch ups than bluing an entire rifle. It just doesn't hold up to hot bluing in terms of quality and longevity.
I sent one of my air rifles to Controlled Surface Treatments June last year for hot bluing and they charged me R400 to re-blue the entire rifle. I have no idea how much they currently charge but that was a bargain. I stripped the rifle and sent the parts via Internet Express courier which cost me a further R183.28 round trip. By the time I got my rifle back the total was R583.28 and it was worth every penny.
i had a rifle done by Controlled Surface Treatments. Being in Jhburg i dropped it off and collected it. They did a great job - well worth it, They also anodised the aluminium parts to match the blueing. In those days it only cost me R300. I was less than a week without the rifle. i also had some barrels done by them.