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best cleaner to use on blueing
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larryv
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Just bought another D.W. earlt 15-2 and this one needs cleaned up good. What products do the members use to clean up the blueing especially around pins etc where its always discolored from I guess oil / cleaning stuff that has solidified or tends to cling there. Help is always appreciated.

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I use Flitz. I rub it in with my fingers and wipe it off with a cloth. A toothbrush will help in tight places or near those frame pins. Then I use automobile carnuba wax(Mother’s) to polish the gun. Flits will remove the patina of real rust that forms on the blue rust but is not apparent. I only do that once when I get a gun. They are 30 to 50 years old after all. It also removes the self oxidizing layer on stainless. 

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Like Ole Dog says use fingertip and a soft white cloth to remove.  Rub too hard or for too long into one spot and  it’ll go thru to bare metal. It happened to me with a gun with lots of corrosion, right over the Rampant Colt of all places! I could see bare metal! (I trusted some article stating it was impossible for Flitz to affect the bluing itself). Even this new, weaker Flitz version is powerful enough, so be careful, start under the grips on the frame to see how long it takes to get down to the bluing, do small areas at a time, soft on edges and contours,  and most importantly, when you see the orange rust on your wiping cloth start turning darker, brown-black (that’s your blueing starting to show) you stop and move to the next small area. Always keep an eye on your white wiping cloth for color change.

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I know its a minor item (cleaning) but I appreciate both your responses and the help. I do have a tube of it but I only used it on the front of the cylinders on my s.s. snub nose. Never thought about using it on bluing.

Thanks again

Larry

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I’ve used the Slip 2000 products for years for regular cleaning.  Best product I’ve tried.  I just crack open my Hoppes for the smell now.  Weird, I know.

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