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Offline black85vette

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Ideas on metal finish on old shotgun
« on: September 08, 2011, 09:31:20 AM »
This is very similar design to the $30 Shotgun Project.   I have a Crescent Firearms 410 that belonged to my grandfather.  It is not safe to shoot so I am not trying to restore it.  It has had surface rust since I got it in the 60's.  It is not valuable or collectable so I am just wanting to hang it on the wall.

I took it apart and cleaned it up.  The blue is pretty much gone in some places.  I would like to give this to my grandson when he is old enough but dont want him to have to keep it oiled.  I am removing the firing pin so I don't have to worry about someone getting hurt.

My question is how to just stabilize it.   I was thinking about spraying the metal parts with a clear finish and just leave the patina as is. 

Good idea?  Bad idea?   Any other ideas out there?

Offline dickda1

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Re: Ideas on metal finish on old shotgun
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 07:44:36 PM »
You might take a look here:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=11059/GunTechdetail/Brownells_Spray_on_Finish_Video_Guide___Chapter_3___Baking_Lacquer

Brownells seems to be the go-to source for gun repair items.

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Offline black85vette

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Re: Ideas on metal finish on old shotgun
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2011, 10:09:45 PM »
You might take a look here:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=11059/GunTechdetail/Brownells_Spray_on_Finish_Video_Guide___Chapter_3___Baking_Lacquer


Thanks for the link.  I will bookmark it for future projects.  On this one I am thinking to keep the gun looking the way it is rather than putting a nice finish on it.

I have been searching and found this:

http://www.houtsenterprises.net/dur_supplies.html

It is a 2 part clear finish designed for firearms.  I have several spray guns and air brushes so I already have the equipment to do it.


Offline Shotgunlover

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Re: Ideas on metal finish on old shotgun
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2011, 01:24:19 PM »
The traditional protection for antique firearms is wax. It used to be beeswax with turpentine as a solvent to bring it to toothpaste consistency. More modern waxes are a little more complex. They all do the same thing, provide a barrier between the metal and air, without harming the metal.