It is actually mostly just time consuming. I had to build the steamer but it was very exciting as I carded off the black oxide to see that beautiful sheen come through.. The cool thing about it is that, if you have sanded it to at least a 400 grit shine, your bluing will come out like this if you degrease and apply in long thin strokes with the applicator just barely damp with solution. degrease, apply, rust, steam, card, repeat 6-8 times and this is what you get:Very, very nice. I would have sent it out to someone. I admit, it's a project I wouldn't tackle. Stock refinishing, ok, but rust blueing, no way. Congratulations
In my mind, the Winchester 1895 is the ONLY lever action which can be "bespoked" if that is a word. Look at how beautiful that rifle is without being over the top.. It is still functional and I wouldn't hesitate to carry it afield... but DANG!!! it is gorgeous. This is what the metal on the marlin came out looking like... I wouldn't waste two beautiful walnut burls on a marlin 336 but they look beautiful here.