Originally Posted by Andy M.
What is blending?
It's like buffing. There's a special blending wheel on a bench grinder that you use with oil. Kind of like buffing wheels use compound.
I had the pistol polished using various grits of sandpaper to *almost* look like chrome. All the nicks and scratches had been removed (remember, this came right off a CNC machine. Everything was rough). Blending made all the areas look similar where a flat area met a curved area. And it's a time saver as you don't need to polish as much and keep changing grits of sandpaper. I could stop at 600 grit because we put this blended finish on it.
I honestly can't say how it will affect the bluing though, as he has never put a blended finish on a gun he has blued. I'm hoping it gives it a slight satin look.
What color the gun comes out is determined by the composition of the metal. Some look blueish and some black.
I keep hoping he calls and says let's do it tonight instead. I'm anxious.
Bluing only takes about twenty minutes once the tank full of chemicals is heated up.