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1911 Paint removal from Nickel?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by Woodswalker, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. Woodswalker

    Woodswalker THe great PNW Member

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    So i recently picked up a 1973 vintage Combat Commander that has the Matte nickel finish (Coltguard?), over which the previous owner sprayed high-temp header paint (so i'm told) on the slide only.

    S/N 70SC25XXX

    SOME of the paint can be scraped off with a thumbnail...what about the rest of it?

    Any good way to remove the paint without messing up the finish under it? What chemicals can be used? I dont want to mess up the front sight insert that someone went to a lot of trouble to do.

    And YES it needs CLEANED....that is an evening project SOON. Full strip and clean AFTER I go shoot it FIRST!

    the front sight:
    IMG_1900.jpg

    The slide from the top:
    IMG_1899.jpg

    The whole thing:
    IMG_1897.jpg
     
  2. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Acetone! Leave the front sight sticking out of a small container of acetone. It will all come right off!
     
  3. SJS46

    SJS46 yamhill county Active Member

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    Brake parts cleaner, stay away from the front sight and or mask it off with duct tape.
     
  4. PinkhamR

    PinkhamR Altus, Oklahoma MSgt, USAF (Retired)-FFL Lifetime Supporter

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    Agreed, Dechlorinated Brake Cleaner will do the job ....
     
  5. bnr32gtr

    bnr32gtr Vancouver, WA Member

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    Another +1 for that. Also, some spray on paint remover will do the job just cover the front sight and spray, then wait and card off with a piece of cardboard or a business card then clean with brake clean, oil and you're done.

    Looking forward to seeing how it turns out. :thumbup:
     
  6. bnr32gtr

    bnr32gtr Vancouver, WA Member

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    Chlorinated is horrible for you if inhaled and it's hard on parts with plastic and acrylics, like sights, grips and such.

    I love the Jasco Aerosol paint remover. Easy to use and works wonderfully!
     
  7. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sell me the gun and don't worry about it! :D

    I'd start with lacquer thinner on a rag and see how it goes.
     
  8. nonsense

    nonsense Portland, OR Member

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    maybe try Kleanstrip Aircraft Paint Remover "Non-corrosive to common metals under normal exposure time."

    Klean-Strip AutomotiveĀ®
     
  9. Woodswalker

    Woodswalker THe great PNW Member

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    ACETONE works wonders...Its NICKEL under the header paint...see attached. Acetone does WONDERS when you have the right gloves and applicators.

    Also one shot with the original stocks that the original purchaser dropped by last night.

    Thanks all for the pointers.

    IMG_1934.jpg

    Or like this...

    IMG_1931.jpg
     
  10. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Would I be correct in assuming you performed this task AFTER removing the slide, barrel and barrel lug from the frame?
     
  11. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Told yah! Great looking Colt now!

    I use to use break parts cleaner, but it was hard to soak it well when it comes in a spray can.
     
  12. Woodswalker

    Woodswalker THe great PNW Member

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    MA Duce....

    Well YES....its a whole lot easier that way...and less error prone. I just thought that it looked better put BACK together instead of a pile of parts.

    Woodswalker