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A question about blueing

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I have had some experience with blueing and I know that preparation is really important. I know that controlling the conditions for either cold or hot is also something to be really careful with. I also know that there is more than one process you can go through to achieve results.

I wanted to learn a bit more so I started doing some reading on the net about parkerizing, browning, blackening and was learning more about the chemicals, temperatures and what-not when I ran across two articles that made me wonder...

Brown, black, or blue...or what about some other color?

Now I know one can anodize aluminum into all sorts of fancy colors, but is there a way other than painting to get similar results with steel? Not that I have any idea of how to anodize...that might be next.

The first article mentions green.
If the blueing solution is old, greenish colors may result.
http://yarchive.net/gun/bluing.html

The second article mentions purple.
If the "blue" is purple toss it back in and raise the temperature 5 degF.
http://yarchive.net/metal/bluing.html

I think that both of these would be interesting for a barrel. Both discussions mention these aspects as imperfections or mistakes, but would there be a way to make them consistent enough for finishing and protection?

I did find one other website that does a "greening," but I am hoping for some way to do this myself. http://www.bearcoat.com/prodserv.htm It almost looks like paint.

Any ideas?
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