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    Renoving Bluing Vinager

    Going to try removing bluing with vinegar. Do you use white or dark vinegar?

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    Based on nothing, I'd think white.

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    Well dark vinegar depending on concentration should work best but u can high strength in both white and cider vinegar
    I use both and they work well for many things
    Never tried to use for gluing
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    White, but don’t overdue it. Usually a few hours worth of soaking is enough to do the trick. Too long and you run the risk of unwanted etching. And be sure to neutralize thoroughly with a long soak in baking soda/water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorwichCadet View Post
    Going to try removing bluing with vinegar. Do you use white or dark vinegar?
    Brownells sells a blueing remover. It is basically about 5% phosphoric acid in distillled water. This solution works immediately when swabbed on blued surfaces.
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    I used white vinegar and just stayed close by. I rinsed with clear water a couple times and dunked it in the vinegar until all the blue was gone.
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    Why do you want to remove bluing? Before pic of the subject?
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    Tidy Bowl works well. I think it contains a pretty strong acid.

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    It's the acid in the vinegar that does the work. Nothing else matters. It will clean brass as well. the trick to a good job is to totally de-grease it first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikebiker View Post
    It's the acid in the vinegar that does the work. Nothing else matters. It will clean brass as well. the trick to a good job is to totally de-grease it first.
    Which I should have added.
    If the metal is not cleaned and degreased oils or grease will protect some areas and you'd get a blotchy job. The extra soaking to get the rest off would likely cause etching of the steel that had the bluing stripped.

    This is one of those things that have to be done carefully, because most blue removers and products like Naval Jelly etch the metal and require extensive polishing to prep the metal for refinishing.

    Vinegar is pretty mild and is easier to control then the more aggressive products.
    Most of my experience with vinegar as a blue remover was from people who used vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to clean leading from bores and got the mixture sprayed on the bluing when a bore brush exited the barrel.
    I didn't see a lot of etching from the accidental contact.


 
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