You could have the barrels professionally hot-blued (arsenic and rust are two old-time methods but not for the DIYer), but the cost of doing so may exceed the value of an average Model 24. If you just want a shooter that looks nice, you might try cold rebluing. Cold isn't as long-lasting as hot, but it's cheap and can be effective if done correctly. I have found that the metal in the Model 24 barrels (not the receiver!) accepts cold-blue quite nicely. The cleaner and closer to "white" (bare metal), the better the job seems to work. A very warm barrel reblues better than one at room temperature; I heat them up with an electric heat gun before applying blue solution. I personally like the results of using Oxpho-Blue (liquid, not cream) from Brownell's; I have tried Van's reblue, but it seems a lot more particular. (I have no financial interest in either company.) I'm sure other cold-blue solutions would also work. Bottom line: It depends on how much time and money you want to sink into a gun that's usually worth in the $300 to $400 range.
I've tried the "bake" on finish from Brownels and had very poor results--finish is easily damaged-but maybe I did a poor job and didn't realize it--However the stripper- Btrownells rust remover #... more
If it is a working gun and really beat up Alumahyde from Brownell's gives a good looking a easy to touch up finish. I used it on my very beat up 24c with good results. I will use it on a bolt 22 for... more
Refinishing options rossow (mn),Sun Jun 10 11:04am
I have been looking into re-bluing my 24. How difficult is it to hot blue a barrel and reciever for te DIY. I currently have my gun broken down to replace the hammer. And was looking to refinish the... more
I just completed restoring my 24. 1963 Series P. After taking the barrels down to bright metal I used Brownells Oxpho-Blue to bring them back to like new. The stocks finished up well also. My thanks... more