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Thread: Qt. Home made inletting black
01-25-2010, 10:12 PM #1
Qt. Home made inletting black
Hello, I hav been using an inletting black I made for about 10 years. Read it in a old gunsmith book. It consists of petroleum jelly, lamp black, and mineral oil. I am just too stuborn to buy the suff. I read that cold cream could be used instead of the jelly. Any tips? Thanks, Alan
01-26-2010, 10:19 AM #2
Dark color lipstick works well. It is easy to remove after you finish and generally smells better than the home brew stuff. You might have a female friend that has one or two to donate for trial.
01-27-2010, 12:04 PM #3
I have a small oil lamp that i use to soot my parts with.
It works the best of everything i have tried but it is by no means perfect.
01-31-2010, 10:21 PM #4
Thanks folks, I bought a tube of red lipstick to try. Did not realize how expensive the stuff is . $4 for the cheap stuff. Also, I was wondering if the old timers in the late 1800s used a lamp to soot up their work? It seems the thinner the "black" the closer the fit could be. I remember about 15 years ago,I used a red marking pen. It worked well. The stuff I made works good for most uses, But I plan to restock some fine doubles next summer. I also need to make some scrapers. Cheers,Alan
02-01-2010, 04:47 PM #5
Alan, tear off a strip of regular old masking tape, double the sticky side back on itself, hold one end and light the other, gives off a nice black soot.
02-02-2010, 10:25 AM #6
Yes, I read that the "old timers" used oil lamps to soot their parts.
02-02-2010, 09:36 PM #7
Ok, just dug out one of my older gunsmithing books by Roy Dunlap. He mentions the various methods and claims his best is a cream rouge in a shade of red. He says the best ones are not particularly greasy. Of coarse this is an old book and I am thinking cream rouges have changed through the years. I think the color red has its advantages, but I will try the soot method too. Thanks for everyones imput. Cheers,Alan
02-03-2010, 06:02 AM #8
The old boys in Birmingham used to have gas loghts in the shop and then had a small glass spirit burner with a wick that was small enough to blow out. they lit the burner from the gas lamp and did the soot job then blew it out.