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Old 08-12-2013, 10:38 PM
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Gun nuts need some advice; cold blue

I'm sure there's lots of gun nuts on here. I was given a old Cooey model 75 single shot .22. They were manufactured in Canada from 1937-1961 and it's a cool little gun but needs some love desperately (the bolt hardly moves!). It was given to me by girlfriends mom and it used to be her uncles so it has a bit of sentimental value. I want to refurbish it by redoing the blue the stock and giving it a good cleaning and oiling then give it to her as a gift. I've never tackled refurbishing firearms before and was just curious what people think about some of the cold blue products available are they any good? I was looking at wonder blue and such but I've heard not to have high expectations but some say it works great anyone tried these? Is a pro hot blue the way to go? Also any recommendations for the stock finish? I've heard tru-oil is great. These guns arnt worth much in its current condition maybe 50$ so if the cold blue goes bad it won't be heartbreaking but defiantly a waste of time and effort.
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I'd just have a gunsmith reblue it. True oil is beautiful if applied the right way with multiple coats. I have redone a few old walnut stocks with true oil. I clean it up and get all the old finish off and then get any dust off of the stock. Apply a thin film of true oil to the wood with your bare hands until it is so tacky you can't hardly drag your palm over it. Then let it dry completely. Then lightly rough up the first layer of true oil with 000000 steel wool. Then wipe off all dust and apt a second coat and so on. I put around 20 coats on the last hand rubbed stock I finished repeating the steps above over and over. Make sure you get all dust off before you apply the next coat and just lightly rough up the dry true oil withe the steel wool. Nothing is as beautiful as a hand rubbed oil finish!!
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:13 AM   #3
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Cold blue works, but it's not a single application. Remember it's coloring the steel, it's not a finish. The barrel / receiver needs to be bright and shiny.

The more you prep, the better the result.

Degrease, then do not touch the metal with you fingers again. Any bit of oil won't let the blue work. You'll get a spotty finish. Apply the blue, let it sit a minute or two to dry, wipe off any with a clean paper towel. Repeat, repeat, repeat. When done buff with that 6xO steel wool, if it's not dark enough, keep repeating.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:19 PM   #4
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Isnt cold blue really meant for touch ups? Personally I'd have a smith re blue it or have it parkerized.
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