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My refinishing job on my new-to-me S&W m629

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    (I thought I would repost this here since the board could use all the activity it can get at this age)

    I refinished my new-to-me S&W m649-2 last night. I picked it up last week after seeing it at my dealers. I had been wanting one for awhile and could not pass this one up at $345. It did have some minor damage and looked kind of rough over-all but was in mechanically fine shape. In fact it seemed like it had been "carried often and fired rarely" which seems quite common with j-frames.

    I ended up putting a pretty good shine on it. Not quite a mirror finish, but more reflective than the standard Smith finish. It took a little longer than I thought it would because I noticed some pitting under the original grips that needed to be removed. It took awhile, but I finally managed to get all the nicks off the body of the gun too.

    I finally have a place to put the Hogue lamo-camo grips I had on my departed m642.

    BEFORE
    m649.jpg

    AFTER

    Here are a couple pics that show the side plate before and after the nick removal. Ignore the purple cast to the gun finish. it is shiny now and the room I took the pics in has purple walls. :)

    Before
    nicks.jpg

    After
    de-nicked.jpg
     
  2. Logical1

    Logical1 southeast portland, OR Member

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    dang man, Im no wheel gun but looks really sweet.
     
  3. Weebs

    Weebs Clackamas County Member

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    Penguin,

    I've noticed your pictures and I must say I'm very impressed. Aside from the quality work though... might you explain your photographic technique?
     
  4. The Dude

    The Dude The 206, WA Member

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    Good job on that....looks real sharp.
     
  5. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    So, what did you use to refinish it? (tools, treatments, spells, etc.)
     
  6. NWMoss

    NWMoss Lost, permanently... Member

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    I second that inquiry ^
     
  7. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I used 400grit wet paper with a little gun oil on it to remove the nicks. Then I went over the surfaces with OOO synthetic steel wool sheets to soften the finish. Finally I hand buffed the whole thing with Mother's Mag polish. :)
     
  8. AmerLat4

    AmerLat4 Washington Co, OR Member

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    That's very purdy. Fine job!!!
     
  9. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Thanks, my pics are definitely not artistic buy I try to make them look good. I try to stick strictly to emphasizing the form of the guns. I posted a quick example of how I take them in this thread...
    http://www.northwestfirearms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2921