The finish on my rifle was looking a little faded and there were a couple of rust spots starting to appear. I have used G96 Gun Blue Creme over the years for spot treatment. While they make a great product, I find the application process inconvenient. For small spots, it is easy to neutralize the treated area with water. For a larger job like the full length of the rifle barrel, neutralizing with water produces some logistic challenges.
There is an alternative that does not need water to neutralize - Brownells Oxpho-Blue. The liquid gun blue wipes on and wipes off. Quick and easy, without water.
Removing oil, grease, dirt and rust is a necessity for either product. However, the Brownells solution claims to work with the presence of a light oil. I did not opt for testing that claim.
After a complete cleaning of the barrel, I rubbed it with #00 steel wool to remove the hazy film. The rust spots needed a little more than steel wool. My Dremel with a fine wire wheel did a quick job of cleaning the rust spots to bear metal.
I did pre-treat the rust spots with a Q-tip swap dipped in Brownells Oxpho-Blue. When there was a close match to the surrounding area, I switched to a cotton swap dipped in the bluing solution to rub the entire barrel; keeping a continuous motion to keep the barrel coated with fresh solution each pass.
As directions indicated, the barrel did begin to darken within a minute. A quick wipe with a clean cloth (micro-fiber towel), followed with a rub down of #00 steel wool was all that was needed to produce a shiny finish.
I was not happy with my first application as I wanted a darker look to the barrel. That required another pass with the bluing solution and within a couple of minutes, the barrel was wiped dry and polished with steel wool. This time the finish was darkened to my liking.
I did a final polish of the barrel using a lambs wool buffing wheel powered by Dremel. The final result is a dark shine that resembles a new gun finish.
And, while this application involved a gun barrel, there are many other uses; such as knife blades or other steel tools that are susceptible to rust.
My choice for bluing is the Brownells Oxpho-Blue for ease of application.
OutdoorWire, 4x4Wire, JeepWire, TrailTalk, MUIRNet-News, and 4x4Voice are all trademarks and publications of OutdoorWire, Inc. and MUIRNet Consulting. Copyright (c) 1999-2020 OutdoorWire, Inc and MUIRNet Consulting - All Rights Reserved, no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without express written permission. You may link freely to this site, but no further use is allowed without the express written permission of the owner of this material. All corporate trademarks are the property of their respective owners.