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Dulling Shiny Metal?

Anyone have any tips for dulling shiny blued metal? I have a set of scope mounts that I want to tone down.

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Bead blast it or sand blast it with a blaster. In doing so the blueing will be removed. They then must be reblued. The only other way without removing the blueing if they are steel to coat them with plenty of skin oils and palm sweat then allow time, use, and exposure to do it's work, but that can take at least a decade, and a patina will likely develope. Even then you will likely still have a sheen.

Matte finished mounts and rings are usually availabe too.

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You could send them to me and I could Cerakote them.....
Here is the process.

http://www.nicindustries.com/cerakote.php

Rogie~

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Dulling Shiny Metal?

Maybe I'm just lazy, but the first thing that came to my mind was to buy satin/flat mounts.

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expatriate wrote:
Maybe I'm just lazy, but the first thing that came to my mind was to buy satin/flat mounts.

Lazy, very lazy!!! Laugh I'm old; I'd do the same! Thumbs up

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Could you put a little oil on and burnish them a little with a wire wheel? That's pretty well standard before you blue, and I imagine it could remove some of the bluing, but you can touch it up with some cold blue.

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Dull clear coat.

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These are a set of high dollar Sako mounts that I like a lot and want to use since they fit my idea of a perfect mount (and there are none available in matte and for the price of these things it's not worth switching anyway). I'd thought about the cera-koat option and likely will go that route. The up side of Sako is the mounting system, but the down side is limited mount selection - but I figure once it's done it's done so it is really just a minor inconvenience at the start.

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Your best bet is to just take them to a gunsmith's shop and see what he'll charge you for blasting and reblue with hot salt blueing. It shouldn't be much.

I would steer clear of using cold blue, that's more for small touch ups on worn edges or to cover up scartches, and myself never found it worthwhile to use it on any worn spots on my guns. Covering a large area with cold blue usually results in a poor finish anyway, blue marble swirl and not real uniform. Cold blue is also not as thick or durable an oxidation surface. Hot salt blueing provides a much more durable oxidation surface.

The problem with stuff like clear coat is that it just doesn't age well and look like crap later on. It also will smooth out and gloss over with time, handling and usage. Krylon is okay for temporary usage, but isn't very resistant to solvents or lubricants that parts of your rifle may encounter while cleaning. Not that people clean scope mounts and rings or anything like that, but those maintenece chemicals tend to get on stuff not intended to while cleaning.

I have absolutley no problem with a painted surface on all metal parts of a firearm or just certain parts of the firearm, they tend to provide very durable and protective surfaces. But, there are only a few types of paint I see fit for firearms. The first is the highly durable Suncorite paint, now considered highly toxic and no longer used, but at one time used by the British Military on many of their small arms.. The second is the matte finish heat-cured epoxy paint that is currently used by both FN and Beretta on certain guns and applied over parkerized steel. Solvents just don't affect these. If you want to try an off the shelf spray paint to matte those mounts look at some of the surface finishing paints that Brownells offers. Their stuff is usually more durable than krylon.

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Dulling Shiny Metal?

What about on a stainless steel barrel?

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