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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911 View Post
    I have some experience hot bluing as part of a gunsmithing curriculum at Yavapai college. As far as setup, i could prolly answer some basic questions, but everything such as tanks and heating elements were already set up for us....maybe i can answer your questions?

    I may send you a PM once I talk to this local guy. I would like to pick your brain on the subject. And thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWAT153 View Post
    I may send you a PM once I talk to this local guy. I would like to pick your brain on the subject. And thank you!
    Sure thing if you end up not wanting to mess with hot bluing as a hobby(understandable, my hold up with things like learning case hardening has always been cost of equipment), possibly look into slow rust bluing if you havent dont so already. Can produce some beautiful results, with a minimum of specialized equipment

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    Have you tried rust bluing? I tried it a couple years back. It was not complicated or difficult and it came out beautifully.

    Just noticed the posting, above. Yes, what he said

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongo59 View Post
    It is half art and half chemical reaction with a lot of luck spread in for flavor. The guy I know is the southern part of the state.

    Getting the salts is difficult and expensive, disposing of the salts is difficult and expensive.

    The last I heard there is an annual inspection even if you are not using the tanks. Paperwork and back flips out the old smitty pipe.

    I advise you to get to know someone who does bluing and hang out with them and learn that what they charge is very little profit and the one doing the bluing will look like "the guy behind the curtain" in the Wizard of Oz...
    Where are you getting this info? You can order blueing salts right to your door from Brownells and many other sources.... without any EPA inspections


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