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How to Blue a Worn Rifle

by eHow Contributor

Over time, the finish will wear off your rifle. You can get your rifle looking like new by bluing it yourself. You can purchase a bluing kit at any gun store. Bluing your rifle yourself will save you money and will allow you to get just the finish you want.

1. Remove the wooden stock from the rifle. This may require a little time. You want to be working with only metal and no wood. Some stocks come off with one large screw, some are a little more complicated.

2. Use the steel wool to rub off any rust spots. If there are any marks under the rust, work on them until the metal is completely smooth. Start rubbing the entire surface until it is free of any small nicks. Take it down to bare metal.

3. Clean your hands with alcohol, especially your fingertips. You do not want to leave a fingerprint anywhere on the surface.

4. Take a small bit of tissue and plug both ends of the barrel. Use the clean cloth with the degreaser and rub until the metal is clean. Rinse with warm water. Degrease again and rinse with warm water. Dry with a clean cloth and let stand for several minutes.

5. Clean your fingertips with alcohol one more time. Saturate the sponge in the gun bluing compound. Apply the bluing to your rifle using the same strokes you would use with a paintbrush. Continue until all the metal is covered. Let the bluing dry for 5 minutes then rinse the entire surface with warm water. Wipe the surface dry and let sit for 5 minutes.

6. Go over the surface of the rifle lightly with the steel wool. The finish may show some streaking. If so, repeat steps 3 through 5 until the finish meets your standards.

Items you will need
  • Steel wool
  • Alcohol
  • Degreaser
  • Clean cotton cloth
  • Small sponge
  • Gun blue


  • The blueing kit can be bought at any gun store, and it will be much cheaper than a professional blueing.


  • The chemicals used here are toxic, so follow the instructions on the label.

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