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case color remover

Postby Greg G » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:45 pm

i have a 30 in ejector sterlingworth that was firing both barrels . i started to take it apart hoping that it was just dirty but i couldnt budge the floorplate screw. i made the mistake of soaking the reciever in penetrating oil over night thinking it would get in the workings and clean and loosen the stubborn screw. when i pullrd it out the case coloring was removed up to the height of the oil soak!. question is was the case color original or chemically redone to be dissolved by pb blaster? ps i got the screw out with the drill press that i learnd about here. thanks for input in advance Greg,
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Re: case color remover

Postby vaturkey » Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:13 am

Probably original. Toilet bowl cleaner will remove case color also and that's what many smiths use to create the "French Grey" affect on custom guns so custom engraving will show up better.
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Re: case color remover

Postby bbman3 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:27 am

The floorplate screw can give you fits to remove,use a drill press and turn it by hand. Bobby
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Re: case color remover

Postby Brian Dudley » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:41 pm

A lot of modern oils have a lot of stuff in them other than just oil. Chemicals and cleaners that can do damage to firearm finishes.
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Re: case color remover

Postby Foxnut » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:19 am

On this topic....what is a good way to “tone down” an overly gaudy case color job?
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Re: case color remover

Postby vaturkey » Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:18 am

Foxnut wrote:On this topic....what is a good way to “tone down” an overly gaudy case color job?


I would say toilet bowl cleaner and 0000 steel wool, used very lightly. Bronze wool might even be a better choice.
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Re: case color remover

Postby Brian Dudley » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:10 pm

There can be a number of ways depending on how durable the colors are on the frame in question. A good way can sometimes just be a stainless carding wheel (like used for rust bluing) and some oil.

Some metal polish such as semi chrome polish can be effective if used carefully.

You just have to play with it and see what works well for you and the look that you want.

Or... just use it and let it wear naturally.
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