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Old 05-12-2020, 12:14 PM
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Hi Folks!

I recently purchased a 1990s vintage Anschütz. It's a joy to shoot and very, very accurate, but the barrel has an ugly area of pitting that someone tried to conceal by painting the barrel and receiver gloss black.

Two questions:

- What refinishing method would you recommend? Since the original finish is now lost, I'm not necessarily bound to restore it to original. For example, I'm open to a process like Cerakote.

- Is refinishing going to change the shooting characteristics of the barrel? Again, the gun is very, very accurate, and I don't want to muck that up.

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Dave
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Old 05-12-2020, 01:06 PM
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Hi Folks!

I recently purchased a 1990s vintage Anschütz. It's a joy to shoot and very, very accurate, but the barrel has an ugly area of pitting that someone tried to conceal by painting the barrel and receiver gloss black.

Two questions:

- What refinishing method would you recommend? Since the original finish is now lost, I'm not necessarily bound to restore it to original. For example, I'm open to a process like Cerakote.

- Is refinishing going to change the shooting characteristics of the barrel? Again, the gun is very, very accurate, and I don't want to muck that up.

Thanks!
Dave
Could you post photos to see how deep the pitting is? if it's not too deep, it could be draw filed out, and either slow rust blued, Hot caustic blued, or something like cerakote, or other finishes.
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Old 05-12-2020, 01:25 PM
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Blast and blue might work

I have had some good success with sanding and then either bead blasting or sandblasting then hot blueing to minimize the appearance of rust damage. If you are careful and smooth out the area instead of just sanding a spot you will have better results.

I have done this on an old winchester trap gun that was given to me that while mechanically sound and interior bore undamaged had fairly severe external pitting due to sitting in a damp closet. It was a good bit of work but the gun looks amazing compared to where it started. I also find the bead blast finish holds oil well to prevent further damage.

Best of luck to you,
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Old 05-13-2020, 09:49 AM
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Could you post photos to see how deep the pitting is?
Will do. Probably Thursday night.

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I have had some good success with sanding and then either bead blasting or sandblasting then hot blueing to minimize the appearance of rust damage.
Does bead blasting actually remove metal?

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Old 05-14-2020, 01:03 PM
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Will do. Probably Thursday night.



Does bead blasting actually remove metal?

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Any form of Polishing, bead blasting, etc. removes metal, but often times it's just a minute amount. the less deep the pitting, the less intrusive the amont of removal needs to be.
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Old 05-17-2020, 07:10 PM
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Could you post photos to see how deep the pitting is?
Sorry for the delay! Here you go ...



Thanks for your advice!
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If you want the damage removed, bead blasting isn't going to do it. You'll need to take it to a gunsmith to either polish it down or drawfile it to get rid of the pits, then hot blue it.

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Old 05-18-2020, 06:44 AM
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Yup, there are some deep ones there. Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2020, 10:50 AM
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I would personally draw file it, than slow rust blue it.

See the link.....unfortunately, the photos were old ones on photobucket, so I don't know if they can be retrieved.

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...d.php?t=563996

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