How to clean up these bayonets?

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  • gtodave

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    Aug 14, 2007
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    Recently inherited these bayonets. They've clearly been touched up with something. You can see "overspray" on the handles. I'm planning to sand blast them down and cold blue them, but I wanted to check with the braintrust before I went and potentially ruined them.
    Thoughts on what this is? Seems stronger than paint. Am I making a mistake removing it?
     

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    Doco Overboard

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    Looks like galvanized roof paint.
    I would bead blast them and not sand blast them and chemically black oxide them with a homemade concoction or an express.hot water blueing agent then rub linseed oil into them.
    Dismantle the grips before the blast cabinet of course and a coat of fiebings saddle or dark brown on the scales before introducing the oil.
     

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