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Old 08-18-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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The age old name used for the process is "browning".The ultimate color is dependent on the use of live steam for conversion from brown to black. Steam converts brown ferric oxide color to ferro-ferric black. In all of the accounts that I have read about the "Parker browning process", the steam room was used for conversion. Live wet and dry steam is the best converter to accomplish the correct contrast and color for a black and white finish.
In time black and white will somewhat brown as ferric is more stable than ferro-ferric, but is still black and white.
It is my belief that all Parker composite barrels were finished in black and white.

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Old 08-18-2014, 07:39 PM   #2
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This may be a dumb question but what is live wet and dry steam.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:57 AM   #3
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Live steam is generated by a boiler. Wet or dry refers to the degree of humidity in a room or a cabinet. In the conversion step of the process the level of humidity and temperature are critical to convert without rusting. If the steam causes red rust, the humidity is too high or the temperature is too low. It is a delicate balance.

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Thank you for the explanation Brad. I would like to see this proses.
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:59 PM   #5
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Brad- when you talk about the steam, is that during the rusting process or the conversion of the brown to black? I always saw this described as "boiling", and assume true barrels were placed