Refinish two old handguns: 32 ACP and 38.

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by agunslinger, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. agunslinger

    agunslinger New Member

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    Handed down two old handguns of my great granfathers. We would like to refinish them, by which I mean make them shinier. I realize this could affect value but the value is in that thye were my great grandfathers, and they are fairly common anyway. See images below.

    Gunsmith has inspected them. 38 ready with just a little cleanup, but 32 needed new barell and a little fitting for that barrel. The 32 does have a patch of russt on top near sight.

    Looked at a lot of Youtube videos and Google searches but a lot of the info is different and not very detailed for these types of guns. Love some step by step instructions. Most likely paths will be in this manner:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/user/MidwayUSA#p/u/28/qdASOqi99PE]YouTube - MidwayUSA's Channel[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/user/MidwayUSA#p/search/33/HUpVrKwuxMg]YouTube - MidwayUSA's Channel[/ame]

    Some say 800-1200 girit papar, others use a series of 120-180 in steps, etc. Some say just steel wool. I did learn no dremel! ;) I plan to use a polishing wheel possibly, and have no access to a bead blaster. Want to do it myself as well.

    Any insights appreciated!

    GUNS:

    http://www.emermed.net/staging/forums/guns/colt1.jpg
    http://www.emermed.net/staging/forums/guns/colt2.jpg

    http://www.emermed.net/staging/forums/guns/sw1.jpg
    http://www.emermed.net/staging/forums/guns/sw2.jpg
     
  2. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    They'd be worth more left as is but if you insist on a refinish I'd go with a professional hot blue.
     

  3. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    I couldn't see the pics on my work computer but I'd agree with Hawg... If you want to refinish these guns, go the hot - blue route..
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Just a note- BLUING does not make a gun shiny, and it does not cover bad, rough, pitted metal- it merely changes the color of the metal. Folks get wrapped up in the bluing, and neglect the metal preparation- which is 98% of the work.
     
  5. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    quoted with fixed images.
    I like that revolver
    I agree with all that has been stated above.
    Best of luck
     
  6. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

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    I've got a revolver just like that, but in .32. It's a beautiful wall hanger.
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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  8. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    You are absolutely correct. The firearm must be prep'd before the new finish is applied. Applying the blue is the easy part. The hard part is restoring the metal.
     
  9. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    That is one beautiful revolver! I wouldn't change a thing except maybe to prevent future deterioration, but i doubt these become range regulars.