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Re-blacking the numbers on a steel rule


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I picked up a 24 inch folding steel blacksmith rule. after getting all the dirt an light rust off with steel wool most of the numbers need re-blacking...how do you do this . my first throught is to use gun blue and a fine artist brush...anyone know a better way?

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You must be a melancholic!! Us easygoing phlegmatics would paint the rule with black paint and lightly sand/polish the paint off of the high points - leaving the numbers and lines intact in black.

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Go look in your desk drawer, got a bottle of whiteout in there? Cheap and works wonders. I learned this one when I was 17 on the rifle range in boot camp. My shooting coach put some on the rear sight index marks on my rifle and it made them really stand out. It also lasted. You aren't looking for something to withstand the heat of reentry on a spacecraft so keep it simple easy and cheap. Go with the whiteout.
BTW, white catches the eye a lot better than black. Dan :)

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