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Hello, ..........would like to patina to a semi gloss "half black".........not total black but more of a satin tinted black. To be applied to forged and wire wheeled mild steel. If you have seen black chrome, it is similar but with a smooth satin finish. My hopes are to apply whichever technique and rub again to remove and shine up the high points. Tried a black wax but wasnt darkening the shiny areas that mill scale was completely removed.......maybe someone has done it here, so i figured i'd ask. Thank you

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Try sanding and polishing to a 400 grit finish then slowly heat up through the tempering colors till you see the color you like and quench just enough to stop any more heat transfering. 

If you dont like the color you can sand and try again. Not extremely durable but with a coat of wax it isnt too bad. 

You might also look into different finishes for firearms.

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