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Old February 7th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #1
 
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Finish touch up?

Ok so before I learned the trick of putting my MK III back together I marred the back of the pistol. What have you guys used to touch up the finish? Or do you just leave it? I tried some auto touch up paint and it looked good but just wears off.



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Old February 7th, 2010, 01:10 PM   #2
 
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Gun Bluing Made Easy with Van's Instant Gun Blue!

Just a little bit at the end of a Q-Tip and gently dab it on. It's great stuff.
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I'm not that up on bluing and did not know if the MK IIIs were considered blued or not since they appear black. I did not now if there were different products that produced a different finish.

Thanks for the help. I will pick some up.
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I'm not positive about the MKIIIs, but I know my MKII is blued. I kinda buggered up the frame along the edge of the mainspring housing when I first got mine. The Van's made all the shiney spots blend right in. You might want to concider this little tool I got from Midway: Gunsmither Takedown Tool Ruger Mark 1, Mark 2 - MidwayUSA. It beats using a paperclip or something more destructive.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 04:27 PM   #5
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I'm not positive about the MKIIIs, but I know my MKII is blued. I kinda buggered up the frame along the edge of the mainspring housing when I first got mine. The Van's made all the shiney spots blend right in. You might want to concider this little tool I got from Midway: Gunsmither Takedown Tool Ruger Mark 1, Mark 2 - MidwayUSA. It beats using a paperclip or something more destructive.
That tool looks like a great idea. Does this tool scratch the surface at all? Is the wire loop coated with anything. I heard of people using plastic coated paper clips so they don't scratch the finish.
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That device is a bolt head drilled with a piece of steel fishing leader fed through it. Use your plastic coated paperclips and save your 12.00 for ammo.
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Thanks for all the info guys. I did not damage mine taking it down it was when I got frustrated not knowing how to get it back together that I buggered it up. I was taping on the back of it to get it to go back into place and I did not have a rubber mallet. Live and learn. I'm sure the vans blue will work they are the same finish as the I and II as far as I know. So I will go pick some of that up.
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My MK III is blued. During the blueing process depending on how long or how many coats (for cold blueing) dictates how deep and dark the bluing is. Typically the deeper and darker the blueing the more rust preventive and durable it is.
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For some basic and “mostly” accurate information on bluing, see the Wikipedia article in the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluing_(steel)

There are some errors in there as there are in many (most?) Wiki articles but short of quoting technical journals and Mil specs, this write up is a pretty good description of bluing . Black Oxide coatings can be many shades of dark blue right into black and they can also be dark brown depending on alloys and the processes used.

The cold touch up looks acceptable and you can play with the process a little, following the manufacturer’s instructions, to achieve some pretty good results. Every blued product needs to have that light oil coating so the wipe down at cleaning will be enough to protect the touched up areas.
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Thanks guys. With all this snow here I still have not made it out to get the bluing. I've made it out just not there. I will pick some up this week and give it a try.
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