To Refinish Or Not Refinish?
Posted 25 September 2004 - 11:16 PM
My guide on refinishing anything old, is if you are not 100% sure that you should refinish, then wait.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 11:40 PM
|QUOTE (pat k @ Sep 25 2004, 11:25 PM)|
| Thanks, John.|
Does pitting progress, or cause ongoing damage?
Or should I not worry, since there's no rust, and just keep it oiled down, and wipe fingerprints off w/ silicone cloth?
While a newby on Thomsons, can talk about rust
Assuming the pits are not so deep to cause functional / stress issues (in which case one would be looking at possible welding .... or not getting) and you have the active live "red rust" taken care of, then keeping the gun clean (i.e. no salts from fingers, WWII ammo etc.) and well oiled should not give you any issues.
Now a pitted receiver will be harder to clean (slightly) due to the roughness and where ever the pitting is (or any other bare metal) then the oil film is you only protection.
I do not like a silicone cloth that well, instead I keep an "oil" cloth with what ever I am using (modern black guns get Break Free and blued steel and walnut guns get Hoppies, with the black powder getting Brownells Rust Preventive #2 (hunting guns also get this during hunting season).
This along with having cleaning sovent tanks, one ultrasonic and a four by eight foot cleaning table ... might indicate I need to shoot more and clean less ... LOL!.
Posted 26 September 2004 - 07:04 AM
Best of luck whatever your decision.
Posted 26 September 2004 - 01:04 PM
If the pitting is removed during the restoration process, the markings will likely go as well. Personally, I like the idea of a really ratty looking but functional TSMG, warts and all. It has truely been there and done that!
Posted 27 September 2004 - 01:37 AM
Posted 29 September 2004 - 08:11 PM
Talk to PK before you do anything to your gun. He can help you make it right. The original factory finish was Dulite dull blue receiver and bright blue barrel. Parkerizing was done during arsenal rebuilds.
Posted 29 September 2004 - 09:53 PM
My .02 says stop what is happening, and if it doesn't affect the integrity, leave it alone.
Posted 01 October 2004 - 07:44 AM