Restoring the finish on a rusted gun

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  1. TINCANBANDIT

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    As the story goes, the owner had left this under the back seat of a Jeep for several years, having completely forgotten about it.
    I offered up my services to bring it back to glory.

    These are the before & after shots
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    for the complete story and pictures see my blog post:
    TINCANBANDIT's Gunsmithing: Redemption for an unloved gun


     
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    Here is another one that I restored with my Father. The story of this gun begins before the great depression, the gun was purchased by the owner of a feed store to keep the rodent population from eating at his profits. When the store closed in the mid-70's it was given to the truck driver who made deliveries for the store. That truck driver was a friend of my fathers, he gave the gun to my Dad and it became a project.

    See the full write up on my blog here: TINCANBANDIT's Gunsmithing: Father & Son Project

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    Those are definitely great examples of gun restoration. My question is...what steps were used to get those beautiful results? Some of the "beginning" pictures looked like there were huge pits in the metal surfaces. The "after" pictures showed them "as smooth as a baby's butt".(ha)
     
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  4. TINCANBANDIT

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    lots of sanding and file work

    Here is another one I did early on, this one was a new Marlin 1894 Cowboy, the original owner put it back into the styrafoam box when the gun had some moisture on it, the result was bad pitting....

    here are the before shots

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    I removed the rust and pits using a file, then moved to sand paper, then a bit of buffing (mainly on the receiver). The barrel received a 600 grit finish, while the receiver is closer to 1200 grit.

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    ere is the receiver ready for re-blue[​IMG]

    I then readied my bluing tank, I use a formula involving Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Nitrate and Distilled water[​IMG]

    once removed from the bluing tank, I rinsed with clean water, then soaked in oil for 24 hrs
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    here are the before and after pictures, looks pretty good, almost as good as new... :-bd

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    new guns from old! nice
     
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    Very nice work. I'm impressed!
     
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    great work! do you do that for a living?
     
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    Nice work.
     
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    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

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    Very nice work! I have found several rifles over the years that were rusted and dirty. Picked them up for a song and cleaned them up and resold for a profit. It is a lot of fun to do!

    Although I am not as skilled as you are I love cleaning up those old rust buckets.
     
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    nope, not enough money it in I'm afraid. I do it for the love of it and to increase my gun collection.
     
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    Before

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    Steve
     
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    Awesome work!
     
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    What are you using on your buffer??

    As in, type of wheel & if you used any compounds??

    I'm working on an old pistol and have taken it as far as I think I can progressively,
    starting with wire wheel, then filing & stoning, then sanding & steel wool to 0000,
    I have cloth buffer wheels & sisal...not quite sure what to use next to shine it up...
     
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    So you actually make your own bluing? What is your mixture?
     
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    The blueing salts are a mixture of Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) and Sodium Nitrate (2 parts lye to 1 part sodium nitrate). I then add distilled water. The water controls the temp, when heated the salts become liquified. Too little water and the bluing will be ruined, too much and the parts will not blue or take a really long time to blue. Ideal temp is 275-290 degrees F.
     
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    NICE ! Can you post a pic of the finished stock ? It didn't come through. Thanks.
     
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