Originally Posted by LDBennett
The whole look of an old 10/22 can be changed just by glass bead blasting the receiver. I did that to mine when I added a stainless steel Volquartsen target barrel years ago. I bead blasted the trigger guard assembly too.
But a warning: The glass beads get into everything. You must totally disassemble the parts and then blow them out after the bead blasting following that with a thorough washing with soap and water. Blow the part out again. Then inspect every little nook and cranny for captured beads and get them out. If they are left in there they will fall out during operation of the gun and either cause the gun to jam or do some real harm.
Thanks LD, I have set up a full smithing shop with a bead blaster and anodizing station. I am going to take the old trigger guard (it is aluminum) and blast it and color it for another build. I appreciate the input.
I will continue to post pics as the build continues.