I have a complete set of Epic Armoury 'Dark Warrior' armor and three of their darkened helmets to match. I also have a darkened(not blackened) set of Lord of Battles riveted chainmail. How is this 'darkening' process done? I know it's a chemical treatment, but what chemicals? So far, I have no problems with rust. But, one day, what if.....? Any ideas? Would these be chemicals I could buy to re-treat the pieces? Just curious.....
Based on the pictures at KoA, you should be able to restore the finish by boiling the pieces in diluted white vinegar for a few minutes. I'm not sure if that is the original method, but I've achieved very similar results doing that.
I've used vinegar to age blades, but I think they use some kind of chemical/acid process. It deeply penetrates the steel. It's not just a surface treatment. I also know that vinegar treatment penetrates the steel but only very shallow. In that case, one would have to neutralize the vinegar, then oil it in order to seal it...and keep it sealed. This armor is basically zero-maintenance...I just don't know for how long.
Gun blue doesn't go all that deep either. As I said, I have no problems right now. Just looking for ideas on how to prevent future problems. I had a tiny bit of rust on a couple of my helmets, and I took a scuff pad to the affected area. It looked so good, I did the entire suit and the other helmet as well. Looks like it all ought to be behind glass in a museum somewhere...which is exactly the look I was going for. Whatever process Epic Armoury uses, it goes deep and does a good job. Same with my darkened chainmail from Lord of Battles. I've sweated like crazy in that stuff...not a speck of rust to be found.
That is very reminiscent of the effect a product called Blue Wonder gives you. They not only make a blue but a blackening. It is the blackening product that this most looks like. The product is applied and then heated lightly (a hair dryer works well). You can uses multiple coats to get the desired color. It works very well and couldn't be easier to use.
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