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Postby Johnny Law » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:17 am

Great! I love seeing rusted old guns being brought back to life!
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Re: Restoring the finish on a rusted gun *Lots of pics*

Postby TINCANBANDIT » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:36 am

Thread revival....new project

my Father-in-Law picked it up at a yard sale for $40 for me.

It is a Remington model 58 12 gauge semi-auto, made in 1956, the walnut looks pretty good but the metal has pink rust spots.

anyway, here is what it looked like when he brought it to me:

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Postby TINCANBANDIT » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:39 am

Dis-assembly, the trigger group is removed just like any other Remington 870/1100, just push out the two pins.

The stock had two holes, one for the bolt and the other for???

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In this picture you can see the action bar where it attaches to the piston (which is mounted in the front portion of the magazine, which is why the magazine only holds two rounds.

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The trigger housing is aluminum and the finish looks horrible, since I have not tried anodizing yet and a polished housing would look good on this gun, I decided to strip and polish it

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OK now what? I guess I need to take this mess of parts and make a working trigger mechanism out of them

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Postby TINCANBANDIT » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:54 am

While I was at it I polished some of the other parts

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I also polished the bearing surfaces of the hammer

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After much cursing, dis-assembly and reassembly I finally have a working trigger mechanism

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now on to the steel
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Postby TINCANBANDIT » Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:32 am

The next step was to remove the rust and old bluing using naval jelly

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I then remove the remaining bluing along with the acid "etching" with the wire wheel on my grinder

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Then we start removing the pits, starting with 120 grit emory cloth, then moving to 220 grit sand paper

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I kept moving up on the grit until I got to 2000 grit (wet/dry) sand paper, the metal is almost ready for bluing


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I then went to work on the barrel, there was a large rust pit on the magazine ring, I used a file to get it smooth again

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then I sanded the barrel to 600 grit and used the buffer to make it shine, the black stuff on the metal is buffing compound


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Postby TINCANBANDIT » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:10 pm

When I blue a gun, I do more than one, more economical that way

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Done! I also jeweled the bolt and nitre blued the pins and charging handle

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Before & After

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you can see the whole story here: http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2014/10/another-shotgun-project-remington-model_10.html
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Postby TINCANBANDIT » Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:48 am

Just finished another project, a Ruger old model (3-screw) Blackhawk. I reblued the metal, adapted a Colt brass grip frame and made my own grip panels from bloodwood.

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for those interested in seeing more, here are all the blog post links for this build

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/01/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-1.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/02/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-2.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/04/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-3.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/05/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-4.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/06/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-5.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/07/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-6.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/07/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-7.html
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Postby Flawlessfoose » Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:16 pm

Dang, I like that shotgun you refinished looks great.
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Re: Restoring the finish on a rusted gun *Lots of pics*

Postby Stiff » Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:44 pm

TINCANBANDIT wrote:Just finished another project, a Ruger old model (3-screw) Blackhawk. I reblued the metal, adapted a Colt brass grip frame and made my own grip panels from bloodwood.

before
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after
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for those interested in seeing more, here are all the blog post links for this build

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/01/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-1.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/02/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-2.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/04/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-3.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/05/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-4.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/06/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-5.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/07/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-6.html

tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/07/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-7.html


The Brass grip frame and the grips really compliment the Blackhawk, well done in all regards!
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Postby R.J. » Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:04 pm

Beautiful work & attention to detail.
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Postby ron » Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:22 pm

VERY nice work for a guy who's just learning.

You should go visit Scott at Firearms Finishing off of Frances near Crestline. He is the Kung Fu MASTER of gun refinishing. He refinished a classic Belgian FN Browning Semi Automatic SA-22 for me and removed the flaws but kept the engraving and the lettering remained sharp ad he replicated the factory bluing perfectly. I was able to get it for a reasonable price ar Cabelas because it looked bear up. But I refinsished the wood with aarin tung oil, and scot did the metal and now the gun looks like a million dollars or at least $750.oo! scott is reasonable with his prices too.

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Postby TINCANBANDIT » Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:23 am

I refinished this little single shot JC Higgins rifle a while back

http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2016/07/restoring-finish-on-jc-higgins-model-41.html

These are the before and after pics

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Postby Rebel48 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:44 pm

beautiful work re-blueing. I have a couple candidates and wonder if I could study enough get to it like you have. In the ruger pistol refinishing it appears as if you managed to keep the blueing out of the stamped letters. Is this intentional? If so how do you do it. Or is it just a trick of the cameral angle?
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Re: Restoring the finish on a rusted gun *Lots of pics*

Postby TINCANBANDIT » Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:57 pm

Rebel48 wrote:beautiful work re-blueing. I have a couple candidates and wonder if I could study enough get to it like you have. In the ruger pistol refinishing it appears as if you managed to keep the blueing out of the stamped letters. Is this intentional? If so how do you do it. Or is it just a trick of the cameral angle?



I think what you are seeing is wax, after bluing and oiling I coat the surface with carnuba wax, it sometimes gets in the lettering. There is no way that I know of to keep the bluing out of the lettering.
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Postby TINCANBANDIT » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:53 am

Finished another one, this one is a Western Field 740 (Marlin 336).....I had to blue it three times to get it right, but that happens sometimes....

http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/0 ... art-1.html

http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/0 ... art-2.html

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Postby Flawlessfoose » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:32 pm

Always impressed by your work tincanbandit
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Re: Restoring the finish on a rusted gun *Lots of pics*

Postby TINCANBANDIT » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:38 pm

I bought a rifle at a garage sale for $20, it was missing the bolt, trigger guard and rear sight elevator.
JC Higgins model 41 (Marlin 100/101). I decided to try and build a cheap youth trainer rifle, by shrinking the dimensions and then refinishing the wood and steel. I think it turned out pretty good. The best part is it didn't cost me a nickel, I actually made money on the project!

Here is what I started with:

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and here it is finished:

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Blog posts with more pictures documenting the changes

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/ ... el-41.html

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/ ... art-1.html

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/ ... art-2.html

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/ ... art-3.html

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/ ... art-4.html

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/ ... art-5.html
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