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    I have not used a detergent. Only acetone.
    That may be something to try as well.

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    Ok, this one went better.
    The main difference was I pretty much ignored the instructions, haha.

    They say to basically use a slightly damp cloth to apply the solution. This leaves the thinnest of films on the surface.

    I did not do that. Using a wet q-tip, I applied an even (but heavy) coat of the stuff. Since the revolver just came out of the boiling water from the last cycle, the solution dried almost immediately. Overnight, I got the rust layer you see below.

    After boiling the surface got almost uniformly black.
    Finally, I attached a picture showing the surface after carding. It's hard to capture the color with light reflections but I assure you it's getting darker and more even.

    Nice! Next coat is rusting as we speak.


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    Looking good, look forward to the final carding, I've got my Webley .455 Auto to do at some point
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcathey View Post
    Next coat is rusting as we speak.
    Looking good and I think on it's way. Patience and let's see what the end looks like. Don't stop short until it's prefect, we have time...

    Regards, Jim

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    I think I'm pretty much there!
    It's a little light but I think this will match the level of wear elsewhere on the revolver.

    I have this "curing" with a coat of oil right now. I'll see how it looks tonight and decide if I want to clean and do another cycle. I think it's going to be just right though.

    I'll get some pics once it's all assembled again. I'm taking this opportunity to give the internals a deep clean.


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    Yep, looks like it's coming along...should match nicely. I guess we'll see how long it lasts, depending on how much you shoot it.
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I guess we'll see how long it lasts, depending on how much you shoot it.
    A good long while! I spend more time buying/selling than shooting these days.
    I got into because I like guns and their history and now I'm doing so much of it I don't have time to enjoy them. That's about how life works out.
    But hey, I have 'em and not many people do. So I'm thankful!

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    And here it is!

    Yup, I'm definitely happy with this. If I picked this revolver up as it is now, I wouldn't even look twice at the backstrap. It came out great and really blends in with the rest of the revolver. I attached a picture showing the front strap for a comparison.

    For anyone on the fence, I suggest trying the rust bluing. It's much more time intensive than difficult.
    If I were to do this again, I'd use a soap first then acetone for the surface prep.
    For the rusting phase, I'd track down a toaster oven and put the revolver on one rack and a pan of water on the other.
    When applying the solution, I used a heavier hand than the instructions suggest and that worked best for me.
    I wiped down with acetone after carding before putting on more solution.

    This is a mighty fine looking wheel gun .


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    Yup, looks pretty good...another story to tell when taking a friend on a tour of the gun box... Nice.
    Regards, Jim

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    Excellent, amazing what controlled rust can do......

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