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is this fixable?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Chipperxd, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    picture taken from the Classifieds.

    I know you are not suppose to refinish collectible firearms. But if you don't care about resale value and want it just as a range gun, can the finish be fixed? does pitting like this even matter other than the aesthetics?

    thanks for any advise in advance.
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  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldnt worry about refinishing it as to devalueing it but if it looks like that externally I would definately open it up and check the internals as well as the bore.
     
  3. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    what causes a gun to pit this bad? just a poor finish in the first place?

    I'm sure you could have it re-chromed but I don't know for sure...
     
  4. supergenius

    supergenius 206 Active Member

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    Almost looks like it got realllly rusted and someone media blasted it with walnut shell or something fairly non abrasive.
     
  5. Gunner69

    Gunner69 Hillsboro Member

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    Leaving it in a leather holster for extended periods of time and never wiping it down with a light coat of gun oil... It gets especially bad if the gun was carried as the salt in the sweat permeates the leather and attacks the finish it is more pronounced in our climate with the higher humidity.
     
  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I wouldn't worry about that revolvers collectable value. That ship has sailed. If the internals and the bore have avoided the pitting and rust damage I would say that would be a good canidate for refinishing. Now trying to fill those rust pits will be the challenge. Traditional Bluing would only be possible if you were to sand out the pits. I really doubt that is possible. So any type of metal filler would put you into some type of painted on finish.

    I guess you could have it traditionally chromed using a copper layer to fill in the pits. But the heavy buffing process and blending a chrome shop would do could round edges and otherwise mess up the gun.

    It would have to be an almost give away price to make it worth messing with IMHO
     
  7. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    There is no getting that gun back to looking like it did when it came from the factory. The pits look too deep to polish out without taking too much off. If you did decide to go that way, the markings would all need to be taken to a firearms engraved to be restored. By the time all was said and done, you'd be in the gun WAY to far, especially since, as has been said above, the collectible value is mostly gone already. Check the internals. If the gun in functional and shoots well, leave it as is. Think of it as a spare, throw-away, lender, or cache gun (whichever term works for you).
     
  8. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    maybe you could duracoat it? I was thinking that maybe a primer base would fill in alot of the pitting or atleast clean it up enough to be not as noticeable... I dont know much about it though just tossing out an idea for ya. Would look okay duracoated black imo

    Thanks for the info about leather holsters sweating! note to self...avoid leather holsters
     
  9. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    :rofl1:
     
  10. Sasquatchvnv

    Sasquatchvnv Port Orchard Active Member

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    Tear it down for a good clean and inspect, oil 'er up and let 'er rip.
     
  11. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Could you 'skim coat' it with JB Weld before you duracoat?
     
  12. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Just take care of your weapon. No worries then.
     
  13. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    if it causing pitting I will pass on the leather holsters... thats my point. glad you got a kick out of it though
     
  14. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    Oh, you were serious.

    No, leather holsters do not cause pitting anymore than any other material that can trap moisture on the surface. Polymer, plastic, nylon, cotton, etc, are all just as capable of causing this sort of damage.
    The vast majority of high end holsters are made of various types of leather.

    Never store a gun long term in a holster.
    Never leave a wet gun in a wet holster of any material.
     
  15. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    yeah that gun was for sale a while back in 09. some one decided to bump that thread asking if it was still for sale for 299. was just curious as to if anything can be done with these "abused" firearms. thanks for all the info fellows!
     
  16. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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