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Stripping the blueing off a S&W 5904? Stupid question...

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Ari, Apr 7, 2003.

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  1. Ari

    Ari Member

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    Hello All,
    I was wondering how bad it would be to sand the blueing off of my Smith & Wesson 5904? I picked it up cheap, but there is a half inch section underneath the barrel where it appeared a laser was once mounted and wore into the blueing. Well anyhow, the gun finish is pretty bad all around, it's basically worn all over the place, which is why I picked it up for cheap. How bad would it be to simply sand it down with hi-grit sandpaper and after wards spray a high temp no gloss clear coat over? Or would spraying it be necessary? Or am I going about it all wrong?? It's basically a beater gun that I don't want to throw too much more money on. My buddy needed some cash so I picked it up from him cheap. I hardly use it, let alone remember I even have it sometimes. I was just looking at it and the ol' rat wheel started spinning. Please don't stone me to death for asking, I really don't have a clue.
    Thanks.
     
  2. stans

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    The 5904 has an aluminum receiver and I would counsel against sanding the anodized finish. This anodizing gives the frame its hard surface, removing it leaves a softer surface. You can give the whole gun a good cleaning, remove all the oil with acetone, let it dry completely, then give it a GunKote finish.
     
  3. Ari

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    Thanks...

    Where do I get Gunkote? Anything else I need to know, or is it simply acetone, let dry and spray? Thanks again!
     
  4. stans

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    Here is a link directly to KG coatings. http://www.kgcoatings.com/

    They have comprehensive instructions for applying Gun Kote. I have found that you can get by with just cleaning the gun in acetone, heat the metal (after the acetone is completely evaporated), apply the Gun Kote, then bake. The K-Phos is supposed to greatly improve the durability of Gun Kote. This product was not available when I first used Gun Kote. The guns that I coated about 10 years ago show wear around the sharp edges, a few scratches, no rust.
     
  5. Jim K

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    "It's a beater gun"
    "picked it up cheap"
    "don't want to throw too much money"

    Easy answer. Leave it alone; if it gets dropped or something, you don't have to worry about it.

    Please don't stone me to death.

    Jim
     
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    I agree with Jim wholeheartedly. Leave the poor thing alone. The only thing a cheap refinish would do to the value of the gun is lower it. If the gun works and you're using it as a beater, leave it be.
     
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