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Cold Blue & Color-Case
Oct 6th, 2012 at 1:34am
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Hello, everyone.  I have an old Ballard that had been re-cased years ago..starting to fade nicely.  Had bright spot from clening rod on reciever..I always just ignored it as honest wear..but the other day, I got curious..always heard about cold blue as a touch-up for case coloring.  Tried every one I had..Brownells Oxy-Blue was only one that would really stick...and then had to watch what kind of oil was used on it..Break Free CLP would remove..finally used Hoppe's oil.
    But here is the strange part...there is a vivid blueish- splotch of color at rear of wear mark..all other surrounding metal is washed out blue- grey.  When applied, the bluing blended right into that blue patch..even restoring the same fire-blue brightness in same small area...yet not turning color..and blending into the bluish- grey areas?  What gives?  Wonder if varying carbon/hardness of surface is responsible?  So far, wearing well after repeated handling & cleaning.
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