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Old 07-07-2018, 01:03 PM
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Picked up a 1905 .38 spl with worn and a couple flaked areas of nickel. How can I remove this old finish to redo? I was thinking sandblasting but would prefer something less aggressive.

Great mechanical condition (the auction house said it was parts), needed oil on sideplate mounted hammer block.
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First, I would leave it alone. The Nickel on your revolver is better than probably 90% of Nickel Smiths of the same period that are still out there.

If you insist on re-finishing then send it Ford's. They do excellent work and for the quality their pricing is quite reasonable. They will do the stripping. They will do either Nickel or blue.

The only proper way to remove Nickel is chemical stripping, Brownell's sells the chemicals.
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Yep, if you are looking to have it look like new again, Ford’s is the answer.

It will cost about $400 but it will look like it did 113 years ago.

Doing it yourself could ruin it, or in the end you would still send it off but they have less to,work with.

Again, it’s 113 years old! Not to be taken lightly.
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Yep, if you are looking to have it look like new again, Fordís is the answer.

It will cost about $400 but it will look like it did 113 years ago.

Doing it yourself could ruin it, or in the end you would still send it off but they would have less to work with.

Again, itís 113 years old! Not to be taken lightly.
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Leave it alone. You will demish it's value and ruin it's character.
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...it's a model of 1905...but that example is from the mid 1920s...and has much newer target grips on it...
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let's see, 1925 k frame, $110 (plus auction % and shipping)+ $400 to Ford's. Value after about $4-500.
For a gun bought as non-working parts gun, the character of cosmetic flaws seem reasonable! I think I will buff it some more and wax (Renaissance Wax, not Flitz I prefer the paste).
There are a couple areas of missing nickel (cylinder flutes and front of yoke) but no pitting.
If only the original owner had kept it in his sock drawer instead of the garage/cellar, it could have been perfect. Then again, whoever de-greased it and left it totally exposed ......

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