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Naythan Goron




Location: ON, Canada
Joined: 03 Feb 2008

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PostPosted: Tue 30 Nov, 2010 5:08 pm    Post subject: please Help         Reply with quote

i've decided to blue my armour, because of the complications of removing all the leather and the protective coating on the inside of the armour i've decided to chemically blue it using gun blue, (aka cold blue)
i've done it and the finish is nice.. however there is one thing...
the sulfur smell, ya know the rotten egg smell.
so the question i have is... how do i remove this smell from my armour?... and as a result... my workshop?
any ideas are welcome... febrese is a no go as it has already failed and forces me to repolish the blue... and hairspray to try and trap it in didn't work as the smell leached through the spray. its now been repolished and its still stinking.... your ideas are welcome.

times come and go but the blacksmith's spirit will live on.
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P. Cha




PostPosted: Tue 30 Nov, 2010 5:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well It'll go away eventually...the time depends on what brand you used and how ventilated the area is. Unless of course you got some of it soaked into the leather bits of your armor...in which case, the smell won't go away until you replace those leather bit...well not never, but it's a really long time. I made the mistake of getting some on one of my leather gun sling once and then made ths mistake of thinking I could save the sling :P .
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Luke Zechman




Location: Lock Haven Pennsylvania
Joined: 18 Jan 2009

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PostPosted: Wed 01 Dec, 2010 7:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I follow many gun forums, and most of those guys will tell you to reserve the use of cold blue for cosmetic touch up work. I have heard many places that cold blue doesn't even protect metal from corrosion, and in fact it might do the opposite. Additionally it would be nearly impossible to cold blue armor and have it look nice. Cold bluing can be difficult if you have never done it, and often times the resulting mess is streaky, and inconsistent. Not trying to discourage you from trying, but I have heard this time and time again.

Not 100% sure about the protective properties of cold bluing, but like I mentioned... Might be worth looking into further.
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Christopher Treichel




Location: Metro D.C.
Joined: 14 Jan 2010

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PostPosted: Wed 01 Dec, 2010 12:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Did you rinse the area you blued after you applied the cold blue with water? Try rinsing and then rubbing the area with a cotton rag...
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Naythan Goron




Location: ON, Canada
Joined: 03 Feb 2008

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PostPosted: Thu 02 Dec, 2010 9:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

thanks for the ideas.

unfortunately i have rinsed the area with water several times and wiped with both a cloth and an oil cloth.
the presistantly gaging smell remains. i'm thinking there is a typo on the manufacturer instuctions. and that during the rinse phase instead of using hot water your meant to use cold. however i have no way to prove this now.

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