Trying not to refinish

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by 300magman, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. 300magman

    300magman New Member

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    I have inherited a 1911 that has a nickel plated finish with pearl grips. This gun has been left in the safe wrapped up for the better part of the last 40 years. The surface has developed a slight gold tarnish look to it thru the years. There is no rusting or pitting or wear of the finish.

    Is there any way to restore this finish without destroying it. I have tried wiping with oil but nothing stronger. Thanks for any information.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    As far as I know, nickel tends to yellow with age. I don't know if there's a fix or not. Personally, I wouldn't mess around too much with an old Colt. I'd just clean and lubricate it and shoot it. (I'd probably change those pearl grips out though.)
     

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    Don't even think about refinishing your old nickel finished 1911-it would seriously detract from the value unless you're just wanting it for a shooter. As far as getting the yellow out of the nickel surface you might try polishing it with a non abrasive compound and/or gentle cleaner.
     
  4. Patrick Sperry

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    I agree. My Stepfather had a similar 1911, and polished it up all nice and clean. he tried to sell it to a collector later, and messing with the finish greatly lowered it's value.
     
  5. 300magman

    300magman New Member

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    Thanks for the information. I will leave my "golden gun" as is and not refinish.
     
  6. Patrick Sperry

    Patrick Sperry Member

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    Just a note

    My Stepfathers shot best with Federal 230 gr. FMJ if you are planning to actually shoot it.

    His was an A1, and the closest thing that I have had was an A2 made by Singer that was WW2 Milsurp that I got through CMP in..? 1970 I think..?

    It liked the federal FMJ's also,and hated any HP's...