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This is a discussion on Single Six Reblue within the Gunsmithing forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Reblued my neighbor's NM Single Six, he asked for a satin finish, so I burnished the metal with the wire wheel, it looks OK, but ...


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Old January 22nd, 2017, 02:14 PM   #1
 
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Single Six Reblue

Reblued my neighbor's NM Single Six, he asked for a satin finish, so I burnished the metal with the wire wheel, it looks OK, but he has asked me to reblue it with a high polished finish





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Old January 22nd, 2017, 04:08 PM   #2
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Good info and good read on your site - Thanks! Did you use an applied solution (or paste) - or was it tank-blued? I have a kinda-sorta similar situation with my 4-5/8-in Single-Six. I've touched up the bluing on the steel - but the grip frame is rough. I ordered one from Ruger, and it was fairly cheap at $25, but the "ears" are too high and it does not look right at all. I contacted two different Cera-coters before I ordered the frame from Ruger, and they wouldn't even give me the decency of a response! ... Just for giggles - I'm going to try a rattle-can finish on the frame, since it's now a spare. Seems like Brownell's sells an alternative or two.

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Good info and good read on your site - Thanks! Did you use an applied solution (or paste) - or was it tank-blued? I have a kinda-sorta similar situation with my 4-5/8-in Single-Six. I've touched up the bluing on the steel - but the grip frame is rough. I ordered one from Ruger, and it was fairly cheap at $25, but the "ears" are too high and it does not look right at all. I contacted two different Cera-coters before I ordered the frame from Ruger, and they wouldn't even give me the decency of a response! ... Just for giggles - I'm going to try a rattle-can finish on the frame, since it's now a spare. Seems like Brownell's sells an alternative or two.
I hot blued it, is your grip frame aluminum or steel? You cannot blue aluminum, you have to anodize or paint it.
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I've got a three screw BH in .357, the bluing on the rest of the firearm was fine, just the grip frame was scratched up and looked terrible. So I took it down and had it cerra coated and it came out really looking nice, in fact it even matched the rich factory blue that was put on it back in the mid '60s. I know you can get shade of what you prefer.
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A nice job.
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TinCan - I just saw your question - Sorry! It's the aluminum grip frame. I just saw Loose Noose's response and hope to find a way to contact his Cerakote person. There aren't any big dings or scratches in the old grip frame - just finish wear. Otherwise, the revolver is in great shape and I hate to drop $160 to have the whole revolver refinished ($130 + $30 for return shipping).

It was frustrating to have two of the Cerakote places just blow me off. I told the second one that I understood it was a small job, at that it might run at least $45 and they still did not respond. The magnum cylinder shows a little bit of wear - the LR cylinder is not as nice but I bought it to fire .22 Mag anyway. My Mr. Magoo photography skills don't show how badly (I think) the oversized grip frame looks.


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TinCan - I just saw your question - Sorry! It's the aluminum grip frame. I just saw Loose Noose's response and hope to find a way to contact his Cerakote person. There aren't any big dings or scratches in the old grip frame - just finish wear. Otherwise, the revolver is in great shape and I hate to drop $160 to have the whole revolver refinished ($130 + $30 for return shipping).

It was frustrating to have two of the Cerakote places just blow me off. I told the second one that I understood it was a small job, at that it might run at least $45 and they still did not respond. The magnum cylinder shows a little bit of wear - the LR cylinder is not as nice but I bought it to fire .22 Mag anyway. My Mr. Magoo photography skills don't show how badly (I think) the oversized grip frame looks.

That gun looks fantastic (from what I can see)

Here is my Super Blackhawk I reblued, the frame, loading gate and grip frame slowly turned a plum color



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As Gomer Pyle would say - Shazzam!! That looks beyond nice - it's great! Not to say that you would have dished out any of the lettering - but the lettering looks super sharp!!
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As Gomer Pyle would say - Shazzam!! That looks beyond nice - it's great! Not to say that you would have dished out any of the lettering - but the lettering looks super sharp!!
that is always the tough part about refinishing revolvers....keeping the round round, the sharp edges sharp and the screw holes and lettering intact...
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Great job!! I had a guy ask me once to re-blue some old guns. I told him it wasn't something I did. But he insisted even when I said I didn't want to screw his guns up. He told me he just wanted the rust off so he could give them to his grandson. I did some research and fortunately went to the local gun show in K. C. when I lived out there. I saw an older gent selling "Vans's Instant Blue". As I stood there he repaired scratched barrels and sideplates. When the crowd moved on I explained my dilemma. He laughed and said "This is so simple to use you can't screw it up!" He showed me again and I bought a bottle. He gave me his card with his website on it and even told me to call if I had questions and he'd talk me thru it! Going on his site, I found that there were in fact fairly explicit instructions on doing the job. Over the next several weeks I completely refinished 2 shotguns, an old .22 and a handgun. Had to buy more to finish thee lot of them and was happy that this product DID NOT STINK! Lot of work, but I actually ended up making the finish look deeper by going to progressively finer steel wool as suggested. I REALLY wish I had taken pictures, but let me tell you folks if you want to try or are even curious, go to these sites; directions- Van's Instant Gun Blue - 1: Overview ; and purchase- Gun Bluing Made Easy With Van's Instant Gun Blue! ....I'm not a shill for the stuff, just a happy user and gained some good knowledge! Hope this helps...
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