Jump to content
Brian Enos's Forums... Maku mozo!
Sign in to follow this  
DagoRed

How to blacken brass?

Recommended Posts

Hey guys, I bought some once fired brass recently. Found a handful that look darker, like gunmetal. They aren't steel. Some odd head stamp, characters not English. But I have some with same stamp that are plain brass. 

Anyone know how this was done? Looks great. Don't know how it loads yet

Red

image.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My first thought is a really harsh wet tumbling solution. I have turned some pretty dark. :)

But to be sure I would still run a magnet through the batch

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gravoxide, liver of sulpfur and Brass Black by Birchwood Casey all work. Thoroughly degrease for best results.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, GrumpyOne said:

Leave it outside in the weather for a few weeks...

That will turn it black, but will it also weaken the brass ... ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Blackland soil will stain them like that and I have not seen any problems shooting them as long as you don't mind shooting stained brass.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Everything mentioned so far involves a chemical change to the brass which will weaken it to some small degree. Hell, just looking at brass weakens it. You have to decide if it's worth it.

 

Otherwise you can break out the Sharpie. Or you could try some Rit Dye, I'd be interested in that experiment.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You could use DyeKem to stain it...hell maybe even something like water based walnut wood stain..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do you shoot in the desert

if not good luck finding any once it hits the dirt 

I've seen black ratchet and socket set for sale while they look cool, I would hate to try to find it the first time you drop one in an engine compartment 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 10/19/2016 at 1:41 AM, Absocold said:

Gravoxide, liver of sulpfur and Brass Black by Birchwood Casey all work. Thoroughly degrease for best results.

Liver of sulphur...what witch craft is this?  Do I need eyes of newt too?

;)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Exposing it to ammonia fumes will blacken them quickly. It's a technique used to make brass look antiqued. But I'm sure it weakens the brass.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah I have done that. Happened the first couple times I wet tumbled. I just told my buddys I paid extra for the OD Green ammo haha.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a couple come through while loading yesterday. I hadn't thought about them being harder to find. They sure look good w green bayou bullets though. 

 

Red

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Per gallon of H2O

add 1T dawn

1/4t lemishine 

Works great if you just run it for 30 min to an hour.  Forget about it and let it run all night though...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually, I've come across those cases too, headstamp with writing not in any form of Latin alphabet..  It's not from cleaning.  if i recall it wasn't magnetic either.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I ran across this one in my range pickup a while back, it appears to be a coated nickel plated case.

Black Brass 1.JPG

Black Brass 2.JPG

Black Brass 3.JPG

Black Brass 4.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Exposing it to ammonia fumes will blacken them quickly. It's a technique used to make brass look antiqued. But I'm sure it weakens the brass.


Yes, I've read over the years you don't use vinegar because it will soften/weaken brass.
I wouldn't trust reloading it .


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 1:13 PM, rishii said:

Do you shoot in the desert

if not good luck finding any once it hits the dirt 

I've seen black ratchet and socket set for sale while they look cool, I would hate to try to find it the first time you drop one in an engine compartment 

Makes me think of the camo survial knives, you drop it and you will not survive ;) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...