One tip I thought I'd pass on is that Naval Jelly isn't necessary for removing old bluing. I simply soak my barrels or other parts in plain old white vinegar for 30 to 60 minutes, then rub lightly with 000 steel wool. Instant white metal! Then it's heated with a blow dryer for a few minutes, then it's bathed in Van's for two or three minutes for a nice deep blue-black.

Oh, one other tip: If you need to blue recessed areas, such as the inside of a receiver, and don't have enough Van's on hand to soak it, pour what you do have in a clean plastic spray bottle. Place the receiver over a plastic tray or glass pan, then spray the heated part liberally for several minutes. The excess will drip down into the tray where it can be poured back into the bottle for reuse.

Anyway, thanks for making a great product. You'll be receiving an order from me soon.

William R.
Jacksonville, FL

Unhappy Customer
Why am I an unhappy customer, because I tried another brand of gun blue first. Your product "Van's Instant Gun Blue" is awesome. I have a H&R Trapper Model pistol, that the blue was gone, except for under the grips. The color blended in perfectly with the original under the grips. So far I've done one side of the gun. Some friends wanted to know how well it worked, so now they can see the before and after. One has already seen the results, another will see them next week, expect some new customers.

Thank you for a high quality, affordable product. You'll be seeing more orders from me.

Bobby B.

Who uses Van's Instant Gun Blue?

  • Gunsmiths
  • Blacksmiths
  • Artisans
  • Tool and Die Manufacturers
  • Printers
  • Anybody who wants to beautify, treat and protect ferrous metal!

Van's Instant Gun Blue:

  • Penetrates the steel
  • Creates permanent blue/black finish
  • Brings out the natural patina in the steel

Van's Instant Gun Blue does not:

  • Have a strong offensive odor like other bluing products
  • Irritate your hands or the fine wood on your gun
  • Etch anything other than the exposed steel
  • Come off when buffing the finish or applying oil

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Van’s Instant Gun Blue was started in the early forties by C. S. VanGorden. It has remained a small family business for generations. Today, the VanGorden family continues to manufacture and distribute Van's Instant Gun Blue all across the country.  Some customers use Van's Instant Gun Blue in their home for firearm touch-ups, while larger companies use gallons to protect their tool and die molds, printing presses and smithing tools.

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How to use Van's Instant Gun Blue
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:
  • If you're using Van’s for touch ups, don't be scared to go over your other finish in order to blend. Van's should not disturb the factory finish.
  • For bluing an entire barrel, work in 2-3 inch sections to better mark your progress.
  • The longer the bluing stays on the steel, the darker color you will create
  • Blue screws and nails while you're working on the barrel; just let them soak in Van’s
  • Using a hair dryer, heat gun or warm oven to heat the steel will speed the bluing process. 
  • Solid Sal Ammoniac on case hardened steel before bluing may prove in helping the steel accept the blue better
  • Attention Tool and Die Makers: Use Van’s Instant Gun blue on your pattern blanks before scribing. It won't rub off and you get a sharp, distinct line with the scriber to hone, file or grind to. Within a minute after applying the blank is ready to use.
  • Apply good gun oil after bluing. This will stop the oxidation process.
  • As with most chemical products, wear protective gloves and always wash hands after use.


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