Lay the Stuff on as thin as possible, with Paint-brushes; using hot Salamanders or Bolts to keep it warm.
If well laid on, and wiped afterwards with an oil-cloth occasionally, this process will prevent rust, and preserve the good look of the Guns for a length of time, without ever having recourse to washing with water. [p 48]
It is useful to measure and keep a memorandum of the quantity of Blacking required for each of the operations. A Ten-gun Brig requires as follows:-
|For Blacking||Rigging, ...||12||Gallons|
|"||Guns and Shot, ...||1||"|
The time now required for drying the Rigging, &c. may be most advantageously employed in completing Stores, Provisions, and Water.
Lay this on the Guns, after a good coat of Black Paint, and rub it occasionally with a soft Oil-cloth.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius
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