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"antigue-ing" a repro revolver?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by kBob, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    I know, "use search function!" Well I did and my Seach-whan-do is just as bad as my Google-Fu.

    SOme where at some point in time on this board there was a series of post by some one that detailed what they were doing to make a modern repro look a-hunnered and a half years old.

    Not trying to fool anyone and I will leave modern markings in place but wanna know how for something neat to hang on the wall.

    Vaguely recall using a combination of cold blueing and browning on steel parts with steel wool thrown in some where and shoe polish and a propane torch on the grips after mussing them up with dings from sraps on a work table.

    Also other than stripping it to bear metal and burying it in the pack yard for a couple of years, is there any way to get that ancient brass look?

    Thanks in advance.

    -Bob Hollingsworth
  2. StrawHat

    StrawHat Well-Known Member

    Is this what you are trying for?


  3. wulf

    wulf Well-Known Member

    Is that top break a S&W or a Spanish / Belgian copy?

    I have a Spanish P01 that uses 455 Webley ammo. Or rather it did until it blew up in my hand.
  4. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Well-Known Member

    Worked for me...

    Several years ago, Cabela's had Uberti SAA clones on sale for $199.95. I shoulda bought a dozen instead of just one. I figured for that price, I would use it to learn to tinker with the SAA. As a part of the project, I "aged" the revolver. Took all the finish off the one-piece grips, gently dinged and notched the wood. Since the wood to metal fit was less than perfect, I also used very fine emery cloth to shape the grip frame to the grips. I used fine steel wool to take off the bluing and color case in places that would normally experience holster wear, leaving the finish in protected areas like cylinder flutes, inner frame contours, etc. I applied cold blue and polished it mostly off to get the greyish tones of older guns. It's a work in progress. Periodically, I touch it up with cold blue or polish it in places. For me, the idea was to make it look used. You can of course buy from Cimarron or US Fire Arms "Pre-aged" guns. I think most of them look fake, like you can tell the difference between a pair of Wranglers that have actually been worn by a working man, the "distressed" jeans for sale at the mall.
  5. .50cal

    .50cal Active Member

    wraping bass in a paper towl soaked with amonia will age it to blue then buff with steel till brown/black.. use plumb brown gun finish and apply to hot gun parts heated out side on a bbq grill...... The fumes are very toxic and will make you very sick forever..........:) p.s. vinagar will remove the blue
  6. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    smear it in marinara sauce over night,remove with a shop rag and WD40.
  7. Tomahawk674

    Tomahawk674 Well-Known Member

    I think Uberti is already selling ready-made aged revolvers, they call it antique finish.
  8. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    While not particularly pleasant, the fumes from Birchwood Casey's Plum Brown hot brown are not 'very toxic'. I would certainly recommend using it in a well ventilated area because continued exposure could make you nauseous, but 'very toxic' they're not.
  9. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    You know, there are a lot of 100 year plus old guns out there that have stronger finish left on 'em than most guns that were made yesterday.

    You may want to just leave well enough alone. I don't really understand the appeal of guns that look like they were found in a ditch.
  10. Smokin_Gun

    Smokin_Gun Well-Known Member

    Method # 1
    Find one

    Method #2
    Let it age

    Method #3
    Send it to me, Left

    Distilled White Vinegar can give you the effect you are lookin' for blott, and or smear with Q-Tipcloth, or dab with sponge. Jus' a little at a time say inder the Barrel to start. Vinegar will remove the bluing so be carefull, jus' smear and let dry then proceed with a pattern.....hope this helps.

    Last edited: Oct 14, 2008
  11. hildo

    hildo Well-Known Member

  12. dirty dave

    dirty dave Well-Known Member

    piss on it will make it rust.smear some blood on it but leave it on to long will leave lots of pits.wont catch me doing either of these to my guns just what i know,
  13. .50cal

    .50cal Active Member

  14. Fisherman_48768

    Fisherman_48768 Well-Known Member

    Seal the bore and chambers then throw the gun into a bucket of bleach for about 8 hrs, it'll come out aged. Remove the wood grips first and beath them with a link chain to age them. If you try to sell the gun don't expect to get much more than junk iron price.
  15. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    yep vineagar works like magic.
  16. DixieTexian

    DixieTexian Well-Known Member

    I tried applying vinegar with a Q-tip on mine, and it concentrated on the flat parts of my barrel, instead of the corners where it would be worn. I ended up with the opposite of what I was shooting for, so I just deblued the wole gun. If you are planning on leaving some of the original blueing, try the steel wool first. Or you could soak some stiff paper in vinegar and wrap it around the barrel so that only the edges are touching the vinegar.
  17. squirrelheart

    squirrelheart New Member

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