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Refinishing Colt Cobra

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by CountryGunsmith, Feb 24, 2003.

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    I am figuring on refinishing the following:

    Colt COBRA .38 Spec. Ctg.
    2" barrel Serial # B 94521 7 CR
    SQ. Butt Nickle Finish 6 shot
    Original silver medallions
    NRA excellent

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    I want to refinish the entire gun.
    How would I go about doing it.....
    meaning a complete restoration?
    Any ideas or expert suggestions.
    I have never attempted to do this
    before. So, any hekp is really appreciated.

    Charlie D


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    Charlie,

    Perhaps I'm missing something, but if its in NRA Excellent condition now - what is there to restore?

    The frame of that gun is aluminum, while the cylinder and barrel are steel. The problem is going to be with the frame. To correctly replate the gun, it must be completely dismounted including removing the barrel from the frame. The old nickel and underlying copper (or zinc) must be electrolytically stripped. That in itself is no big deal. The problem is that when the gun was originally made, the parts were polished FIRST then rollmarked with the Rampant Colt, etc. There is almost no way to properly prepare the metal for the new plating without losing some of the detail, particularly on the Rampant Colt. Then the base coat is plated, followed by the nickel itself.

    To have this done correctly means having it done by a shop that can recut or restamp the Colt and the lettering. This is going to cost way more than a 1974 Colt Cobra is worth.
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    The gun finish is flaking just below the firing pin on both sides of the frame.
    Are there any alternatives that I can consider?
    OR should I just forget it?
    Thanks Andy
    Charlie D

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    That's not uncommon on the alloy frame Colts. I personally would not spend the money on it.


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    Thanks Andrew. I appreciate your advise.
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