Hammer spray?

Posted by on September 2, 2008

What do you guys think of spraying hammer finish paint on a rifle barrel instead of the traditional blueing job?

Bloody horrible, Brett, but I’m a traditionalist. If you want to paint itfor convenience there are various paint on/bake on finishes available in theUS as I’m sure you know. Try Brownells. There was a dark grey almostblack finish that baked on at 200C used in SA. Name of it escapes me rightnow but I’ll check. Finish is a non-reflective semi matt sheen, quitenice.Cost of a blueing set up plus salts for one gun is quite high but notnecessarily prohibitive. A rifle barrel on it’s own can be blued in a slimtank, not more than 75 wide x 100 deep. A piece of thin wall channel withends welded would do fine, and cheaper than getting one made up from sheetsteel. If you can make one from sheet so much the better. A single gasheat source should be enough but a double electric hot plate will do nicelyfor not much more than R100. Of course you need two tanks thus two heatsources, so it does cost something. Last time I bought blueing salt it costR200 per can, and that’s more than you need for one barrel.Of course it’s more viable for more than one gun and more viable forhandguns, not so much because of smaller tanks as because a single burner isenough while barreled actions need long tanks and usually more than oneburner. Blueing is a service not widely available at a cost typically R600last time I asked. I used to reckon that an individual could put togethera very simple set up for that money and that it would definitely be worthdoing his own for two guns. The learning experience alone is worth it.I use my primitive blueing set up for blueing jigs and tools that I make.I learned so much polishing and blueing a few guns that wasn’t in any of thebooks that I started writing my own book, but abandoned it when I realisedthere’s no market. If you feel like giving it a go I’ll send you what Ihave. It’s easy, it’s the little hitches and glitches that cause theheadaches. You just need to know what those are.[Originally posted to SATalkGuns -- Admin]


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  1. Marshall September 29, 2009 11:15 am

    Please send me more info on how to GUN BLUE as i need to set up a tank to do silensers. Thanx

  2. Ricky Burton November 1, 2009 1:51 pm

    Hi, I just read your article on bluing using a double hot plate and channel tank. I want to try and blue an oldish .303 barreled action i have. Could you please tell me what I need to buy and do.Many ThanksRegardsRicky BurtonBulawayo

  3. Ricky Burton June 20, 2010 6:14 pm

    Hi. Please could you send me those details on the gun bluing. I cant seem to find out what chemicals make up the blueing salts. Many thanks for the help.RegardsRicky Burton.