I have done the ammonium nitrate version on several Yugos.Lots of gas.I'd like to try the Nitrate of Soda next-seems like it might be a little less nasty.All hot lye is nasty.You must use eye protection and good sense.Don't do it in the kitchen.
i do a lot of "coldblueing".... sometimes its great, sometimes it sux.
Blindhogg does awsome work, anything from him is great. Mr Fudd on RCG forums just did a home hot blue with a great writeup that looks awsome.
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I'm happy with the stuff shootersolutions.com sells. Easy to use too.
thanks for the link to the thread, I was looking for the home brew recipe
where is the thread where the guy was making his own blueing salts and working in the wok?
thanks I looked that sight over, the one I am looking for was a guy using amoniam nitrate and he had a bunch of pics of his setup , he was using a wok and doing the work in the yard, I thought it was posted here at gunco but cant find it
Try this link:
I 've seen that one.He's doing a Ruger pistol in a wok.I'll look somemore..It is over on Roderus,top sticky in the finishing forum..........http://www.homegunsmith.com/cgi-bin/...T;f=22;t=17857Quote:
Originally Posted by panaceabeachbum
thats it, much thanks
I was having a hell of a time finding lye. So I did some shopping around and I found it!
Lowes has it in the form of "Roebic Heavy Duty Crystal Drain Cleaner".
It is 100% lye. You wont find it on the label though. I had to go online and check the manufacturers website.
I quess all the Meth labs buy the stuff that says 100% lye on it so the companies changed their labels! :brows:
So engarom, did the Roebic lye product produce a good finish?
I'll let you know soon...I'll use this on my Yugo M95
I am glad you brought this thread back to life. I have bought the Lye but have not tried it yet. I look forward to your report.
Hopefully it will be this weekend.
Did you get a chance this weekend? Were you successful bluing? How did it come out?
Weekend isn't over yet. :D
May not be over yet but sometimes you get lucky.
I guess BigAl did not get to try out the Roebic lye for bluing this weekend.
Just a word of caution for those of you homebrewing...
At school, we have community protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.) and the careless students contaminate the gear to the point that you can't avoid it and the salts are going to burn you sooner or later. Even if your gear is clean, you may be splashed and burned...
We are prepared for this with strategically placed squirt bottles of vinegar. Vinegar neutralizes the salts very rapidly and prevents further burning. If you are going to do your own bluing, I highly recommend having the squirt bottles near. The large triggers are easy to operate while wearing gloves, and are a lot easier than locating vinegar in the kitchen, opening a screw top bottle and pouring.
While water may wash off bluing salts, it doesnt neutralize the burn. And $5 in prevention beats hundreds in medical bills.
Onehttp://www.gunco.net/gallery/data/62...m/Mvc-014f.jpg of several done with the formula.It is nasty be careful
Originally Posted by ammoboy2
Nope, I ended up parkerizing a few instead. It's on my list of next to do. Pupwags looked very nice...
need to get me some vinegar!
555th and I tried this yesterday. I thought the results were amazing. I'll get some pictures up today of the finished product..
So Bigal, the Roebic lye worked well? How long did it take you to mix the chemicals? I look forward to your pictures, did it come out black or blue like pugwag's images?
Yeah BigAl, did you use the Lye method? I'm getting confused since there are a few methods posted in this thread.
We mixed up 8lbs of Lye 4lbs of Nitrate and 1 3/5 gal of distilled H2O. Heated it on a propane burner outside, after it started boiling, we added the parts and let them cook for 30 min.s. Piece of cake!!!
The finish is almost black, but matches the Yugo barrel and parts PERFECTLY. Where's the pics BigAl???
Thanks 555th, that cleared it up.
Were you following BlindHogg's instructions? He lists 5 lbs of lye to the 2.5 lbs of Soda Nitrate. It sounds like the ingrediant percentages are very flexible.
there was another site that was similar to blindhoggs.
I did the math and increased it till it would cover the parts in the kettle. :wink:Quote:
Originally Posted by ammoboy2
not the greatest pics. the handguards are from ironwood, the original was damaged. the engraving was by mario at POHF, he does the best work I have seen.
There is still some cosmo around the rivets and nooks/crannies I need to clean up, plus it really soaked up the oil and could use some more..
Did you do the top cover as well or just the receiver? Was that bead blasted prior to blueing? It looks really good. I can not wait.
Top cover is original finish. it was bead blasted. i did the receiver/trigger guard/trunnion/rear block. The pictures do not do it justice. the finish matches perfect, it is just holding oil in some places. the kits look highly polished when you get them, but clean off all the oil and cosmo and they are a matte finish.
Thanks for sharing the pics BigAl. I know how I'm going to do my M72 now :)
Yours looks absolutely great!
It really does look better in person....if you can believe that!! That is one sweet little Yugo..I guess I'm gonna have to break down and get one for myself.
The matching of the top cover to the receiver is rather amazing given they were done by different processes and times. Looking at the picture you can not see any difference in the top cover overlap and the receiver.
I was planning on using aluminum oxide beads to blast and then blue. Now to just get some tanks/pans.
Thanks for the pics and info.
my blast media is a mixture, mostly aluminum oxide but it does have some black beauty and some super fine stuff in it also..
the finish is an exact match. i'll try to finish cleaning/oiling up and post some better pics. i think I'll do my Tabuk sniper this week if I can get 555th to cooperate..