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#11985884 - 04/20/17 Refinishing a Pistol
LJBass Offline
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I've been wanting a Browning Hi Power lately. There is an abundance of them on gunbroker ranging from Rough imported surplus pistols to Nighthawks. If you bought one of these 400.00 surplus pistols and had the means to clean the old finish off, would cerakote cover the pitting.
What would you guys recommend to refinish with that can be done at home, or would I be better off just paying more from the start and leave refinishing to those that have a sentimental attachment to a gun?

Very few of the surplus guns have the features I want anyways, like the ambidextrous safety, wood grips, and I think some of the 80's and newer models have better sights.

Any thoughts appreciated, Lonnie.
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#11986044 - 04/20/17 Re: Refinishing a Pistol [Re: LJBass]
TheKid Offline
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Just buy a MKIII, they have the ambi and the good sights to start with. No finish that I'm aware of will cover pits and depending on their depth it may take a lot of polishing to get rid of them, at which point you're likely to be removing lettering and making a bigger mess.

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#11986465 - Yesterday at 03:55 AM Re: Refinishing a Pistol [Re: LJBass]
gemby58 Offline
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takes alittle more work to get rid of pits but it can be done. I surface plate over the pits and then refinish

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#11986572 - Yesterday at 04:57 AM Re: Refinishing a Pistol [Re: LJBass]
bt8897 Offline
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I bought this well worn Hi Power off Gunbroker a few months ago, rust blued it over a weekend. My first time rust bluing and it was pretty easy-



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#11986662 - Yesterday at 05:43 AM Re: Refinishing a Pistol [Re: LJBass]
S99VG Offline
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That came out nice. I guess the moral of the story is to pass on the pistols with pitting and go for those with worn finishes only. How did you prep the surface?

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#11986895 - Yesterday at 07:41 AM Re: Refinishing a Pistol [Re: LJBass]
bt8897 Offline
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Used naval jelly to remove what little finish was left then sanded with 320 grit

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#11989727 - Today at 02:38 PM Re: Refinishing a Pistol [Re: bt8897]
LJBass Offline
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Loc: Missouri
Originally Posted By bt8897



That looks great. I've got a CZ-85 that looks a lot like that "before" picture. It's probably my favorite semi-auto and I may give rust bluing a try on it.

Thanks for sharing.
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"Hello, I think my neighbor has an illegal gun. He's greasing his lawnmower with it."

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