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  1. #1
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    Default Conserving older guns.

    I have a bit of a collection of vintage handguns. Some of them would benefit from a facelift. But I want to stay away from refinishing, preferring to first try conservation. In particular, I have a 1917 Beretta pistol that Iím willing to use as an initial victim, errr, patient, and if successful, move on to a Frommer Stop. Iíve seen some videos on the YouTube but they are short on details and material specifications. Iím wondering if anyone up here and point me in the right direction to gain some knowledge about the proper way to go about it, with information like what kind of wheel is used to card the converted rust off the metal, and what is it made up of, etc.

    Thanks.
    -gonzo, SoCenPA. "Before all else, be armed." --Niccolo Machiavelli
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    Default Re: Conserving older guns.

    Warning:

    1. Keep away from the Dremel!

    2. Extended contact w/Hoppe's No. 9 will remove nickel plating.

    Notwithstandingtheforegoing, it sounds like a great project (aka labor of love) and you're approaching it the right way...
    - bamboomaster

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    Default Re: Conserving older guns.

    Have your tried complete disassembly then soaking for a longer period of time in a penetrating oil then using something like a Frontier Big 45 cleaner to remove any rust?

    http://www.big45metalcleaner.com

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    Default Re: Conserving older guns.

    Can't say w/o seeing.
    TriggerTime LLc 01/02 FFL STILL OPEN!!! CRSO/Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun inst.

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    Default Re: Conserving older guns.

    You probably already know, but... Beware of chemical rust removers. Blueing is rust. That’s all I got for you.

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    Default Re: Conserving older guns.

    with information like what kind of wheel is used to card the converted rust off the metal,
    Never use a buffing wheel of any kind if your firearm has any value. To remove rust start with 0000 steel wool and solvent then live with the freckles.

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    Default Re: Conserving older guns.

    Wipe them down with RIG and clean them with a COPPER scrub bud. Copper not cooper plated scrub pad will just remove the rust bloom and not the bluing.
    Courage is being scared to death--but saddling up any way. John Wayne

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    Default Re: Conserving older guns.

    Automatic Transmission Fluid loosens rust. It is a good pre-soak prior to scrubbing.

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