DIY restorations before and after pics (request)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jackman, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. Jackman

    Jackman Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    Anyone have before and after restoration pics of the do it your self nature? On the fence about doing a resto.
  2. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    If you have never done this befor I would not try.Alot depends on what gun and what you want when you are done.If you want a good finish on steel you want it hot blued.Do not use cold blue IT DOES NOT WORK it will run fade and ware off in a VERY SHORT TIME.It is used for touch up only.What gun are you looking at to restore?How bad is it now?.what kind of finish do you want?these are the questions you need to ask yourself and us.Then we can be more help to you.
    These guns were given a quick restore. They were hot blued but not finished at 100% (The owner did not want to spend alot)He just wanted to fix them up to keep them from rusting any further but for another $100 or so he could have had them done at 100% and he did not want any silver(trgger,hammer ect.) showing even if they were supose to be that way.He paid $75.00 a piece to get them done
    If the gun you are talking about is important to you you might want to take it to a shop who does this just remember you get what you pay for.If you prep the steel first it would cost you alot less to get blued.As for the wood YOU can finish it yourself with a little careful sanding and a oil finish(it does'nt take much but time)

    After posting the pics. I see I should have wipped the cure oil off and the dust:eek:

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  3. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Nice work goofy !
  4. permafrost

    permafrost Active Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Oklahoma, USA
    Yeah, really nice. A damn shame he wouldn't spring for the full resto.I would love to see how they would have turned out.:)

    PS - Your prices are very reasonable for the amount of work required.
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  5. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    Thank you. I tried to get him to go for it but he only had so much money and he is a local customer.So I told him I would do what I could and try to not lose my butt in labor.These guns are worth a total restore but he only had $150 for both and I could not let them get any worse so I did what I could.;) They were just done(blued on monday)and just got them together yesterday.I would have been happyer if I could have done them at 100% but you do what you have to.
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  6. fuzebox40

    fuzebox40 Active Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    Apple Valley, Ca.
    Nice job for a budget resto. Just curious what revolver that is?
  7. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    The revolver is a Ruger security six (model 117) .357 mag.
  8. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    You did good. Yea, you could have gone further, but you saved his guns and they look pretty darn good.
  9. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    Thanks Double D:) Now back to Jackman and his question:D(sory for the drifting) The point I was makeing is you CAN refinish your own gun but you need to look at how much the gun is worth(both actual value and sentimental value) then how bad it is (is it going to be worth it)and what you want to end up with.If this is a gun you just want to practice on then GO FOR IT:D You have to start someware.But if this is a gun you want to have,keep,and use then look at talking with a local smith who does this and see what he will charge to do all of it or some of it.AS I said earlyer if you do the prep on the steel that will knock down the price and if you do the wood again it will bring down the price.If you post some pics. and anser the questions I will be happy to try to help you out on what and how to get what you want done.:D
  10. Jackman

    Jackman Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    Goofy, Thanks great info and pics you do nice work! I have pics that I am trying to post , its a Savage model 99 chambered for .22HP center fire, its a family gun so sentimental value is there and its a shooter not likely to ever be sold. The 99 is not too bad but it does have spots of rust and one spot is quarter size and a thick bubbled rust, wood is dark but okay imop, The 99 stood up right in an unheated dirt floor barn for a number of years I took it to a gunsmith he checked it out and gave the okay on its condition, basically what I have is an ugly 99 that I want to improve the appearance ,new bluing with the present stocks would be fine with me, but I want to avoid that new bluing look if thats even possible , I like the look of an old worn firearm but not the look of an old abused firearm and my 99 fits the old abused description to a tee :(...

    Thanks I'll be working on the pics...
  11. nynomad

    nynomad Member

    Apr 8, 2010
    Amazing Restoration - I would have thought they were hopeless.
  12. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    Jackman.It's kind of strange that you are asking about restoring a 99 but not makeing it look brand new:eek: (why you ask) because in the same batch I just did is a 99 that the customer wanted the same thing.(for a coulple of reasons)Well the wood is easy to refinish and keep the distressed look(like beeting a new peice of furniture with a chain befor you finish it)But finishing the steel is a different story it will look new after reblueing so you can do things to make it (the gun) look not like new but still refinish it.Like blueing the bolt and striping the blue off and leaving the pits blue and not bringing up a fine polish.(making it look distressed not new)and other things to.Post your pics. here is what the 99 looks like now.I did not take any befor pics. What I can say is it was almost silver(from the blue worn off) and very heavy pitting.The wood was black from use and dirt and oil.Is this the finish you are looking for?
    GOOFY Please excuse the dust, oil and bad pic. taking.

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  13. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    Here is a couple more pics.

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  14. Wow I woulda thought they were done seeing the before pictures.
    GREAT work Goofy!
  15. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Very nice work goof. You have a knack for it for sure.
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