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    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?

    many thanks
    Johan
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    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.

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    It is best to have your rifles professionally hot blued if you have not done this before.

    I have had good results with cold bluing . but this requires extreme cleanliness , a hell of a lot of preparation , and it is a very messy process.
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    Where/who does hot blueing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbaycaddie View Post
    Where/who does hot blueing?

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    If you were nearer to me I could have helped but it wont be cost effective sending the stuff to Colesberg .
    I do hot-blueing almost on a weekly basis, mainly do hunting rifles and steel silencers.
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    Thank you very much for all the replies.
    Seems that Safari in Lynnwood road Pta also keeps gun blue, I need to check it out. as a fan of diy , I might just be willing to learn and give it a shot.
    I will update on my findings at Safari.
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    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.
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    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.

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