Degreasing and Cleaning:
Before bluing, proper steel preparation is important. This means first smoothing out any pits, scratches or rust to your satisfaction. For this process, steel wool and very fine sandpaper (600 - 1200 grit) are preferred. Next the steel must be degreased. Oils will block uniform penetration of Van's into the steel. Degrease using the methods and materials you believe will work best for the steel you are bluing. Many customers report positive results from using Acetone or denatured alcohol. Pink Naval Jelly is recommended for completely stripping a gun's factory finish.
Apply Van's Instant Gun Blue with a clean cloth. Old, 100% cotton T-shirts work great for application as do unused tooth brushes, as they are free from other chemicals. Cotton balls, cotton swabs, and gun patches contain oils and are not recommended. When applying Van's, work in small 2-3 inch sections to ensure consistent even bluing. Once the desired color is reached, wipe the area with a clean dry cloth. At this point in the process the finish will appear very dull. Next, buff the area with a piece of #0000 steel wool which will bring a luster to the blued area and blend it with the rest of the gun. When the desired finish is attained, stop the oxidation process by applying your favorite gun oil.
Tips for using Van’s Instant Gun Blue: