Whats the best way to preserve the "bluing" on rifles like a Blue Streak or an onld Benji?
I have been wondering about this since my understanding is they wear easily with handling. I see some fine examples of original finish on these older rifles and would like to know how to keep them that way.
I always use Ballistol on airguns but maybe this is bad? Any advice or info appreciated.
I've had good luck with Flitz on the old brass air guns. Gives a nice look, doesn't remove blueing, and the brass doesn't change color over time like some other polishes. Have no experience with Ballistol.
Sheridans with their Ebanol C metal finish would have that finish best preserved with a good gun oil or even a wax. The finish is very durable but it will degrade with a lot of handling. You'd almost have to be careful when pumping or wear a glove on your off hand to keep it from wearing if you shoot it a lot.
A Benjamin on the other hand, is probably best kept with oil. Again, the finish wears where you hold the receiver for pumping and because Benjamin didn't include a hand guard, this area often shows the most wear. You could consider a Sheridan hand guard for the gun - it does fit.
A gun that has lost it's finish and is just bronze could be polished wiht a metal polish like Flitz. It would be a gloss finish though and you'd have to periodically reapply it.
"but I'll be needin' that gun, fer squirrels and such."
This message has been edited by tripleguy on Aug 8, 2012 10:37 PM
you can try NeverDull. Never dull? Well, not quite. We used to do "bright work" in the Navy, polishing up all of that brass. The correct product was something along the lines of Brasso but, sooner or later, out would come the tin of NeverDull, we would tear out chunks of the saturated cotton and be done in a quarter of the time. Of course, two days later it looked about like before.
I find that, with the old Sheridans, etc, some honest wear on or through to the bronze is kind of traditional and correct. At least it's not pitting.