DIY restorations before and after pics (request)

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

  1. rhmc24

    rhmc24 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    Messages:
    635
    Location:
    Ardmore, OK
    It did lose metal. Pitting like on that one is about .005" maybe a little more. You lose that much surface when you clean it down to where you can polish it. Worse is when deeper metal is missing from bubba work or deep dings. I replace metal by filling in with weld. I have done several "re-creations" building pieces from parts, etc. Here is another before/after done completely in-house.:)
    [​IMG]
  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Messages:
    18,236
    Location:
    Heart Of Texas
    Ahh, fill welding... That takes talent brother. Ive tried and im a fair welder and I botch half the crap I attempt. Kudos to your skillz. Excellent work! :thumbsup:
  3. rhmc24

    rhmc24 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    Messages:
    635
    Location:
    Ardmore, OK
    I use a little MIG welder that you can get pretty good control of what you need to do. I don't think I ever used it on pitting but no reason it not to work but probably not practical. Pitting is usually over a large area and you would add a thick pad to have to work back down to the surface. It has worked well for me filling in grinding marks and deep dings on edges, repairing cracks, etc.
  4. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Messages:
    18,236
    Location:
    Heart Of Texas
    sweet, and you use a MIG, again, mucho kudos bro! I would have thought a TIG. TIG is the only welding i will use on firearms. Its far prettier, easier to control, and no slag.
  5. rhmc24

    rhmc24 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    Messages:
    635
    Location:
    Ardmore, OK
    It's true TIG has its advantages but I use the MIG I have. Cosidering I'm not a welder it works out pretty good for me. I use my MIG with gas - so no slag. MIG is light years better than stick welder when that was all I had.
  6. rhmc24

    rhmc24 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    Messages:
    635
    Location:
    Ardmore, OK
    And another before/after. I got this S&W Triple Lock in 1982 for $135 at a gun show. At the time I was practicing engraving on anything handy. The grips I had made in Africa working there in '51, did the eagle with a kind of Dremel tool. Nickle plated it with Texas Plater Supply kit.
    [​IMG]
  7. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

  8. CnRnut

    CnRnut New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    This was an old I J that sat in a cow pasture for almost a year after putting
    down a cow.



    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]




    After a trip to the blasting cabinet.


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
  9. Jackman

    Jackman New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Messages:
    446
    Well changed my mind not going for a resto just a little perfume on a pig should be fine :D.

    I ve got the stocks looking much nicer than they were, would like to get the rust off especially that big chunk on the receiver :( , any ideas that won't remove the bluing too?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
  10. Jackman

    Jackman New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Messages:
    446
  11. Jackman

    Jackman New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Messages:
    446
    another pic, check the rust on the receiver :bleh:


    [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
General Discussion Never fell out of the attic before... Dec 2, 2013
General Discussion Typhoon Before and After Nov 24, 2013
General Discussion HELP! Bird problem...and I've never seen this before, any suggestions? Jul 14, 2013
General Discussion Something I have NEVER seen before in a deer! Jun 3, 2013
General Discussion Milliseconds before IMPACT Oct 31, 2012