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Old 09-21-2016, 11:08 AM   #1
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Refinish of an Abused S&W Model 10-5

I bought this revolver last Friday for very little money. It had certainly seen its better days. The good thing is the revolver was in great mechanical condition. It is a Smith & Wesson Model 10-5 with a 5" barrel. Serial number indicates it was manufactured between 1975 - 1976.

So, I spent a little time and some elbow grease to refinish it using Belgian Blue. I took the gun all the way down to the base metal. It entailed a lot of scrubbing with Kroil and fine brass wool to remove the rust and surface imperfection without overdoing it. You don't want to remove the roll marks, S&W emblem and etc. This was the hardest part.

I then soaked the parts in a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water for a couple of hours. I went over it again with the brass wool.

The easy part was simply boiling the parts in water for two or three minutes to heat them up, wiping on the Belgian Blue, boiling a couple of more minutes and carding off the surface Belgian Blue. I once again used the brass wool for the carding. I repeated the process about 10 times; although the cylinder and yoke only required about 6 application.

When the appearance gets to where you want it, or you get tired one it is time to quench the parts in oil and wipe it down.

Here are some pictures of the revolver as I found it, pics of the parts down to bare metal and the final product. This was the point where I got tired of messing with it. Took about three hours of actual playing with it.
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:49 PM   #2
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Very nice work.
I love the K frame smith.
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lamarw, I did about the same thing about 5 years ago, with a 10-6. I used Brownell Oxpho-Blue with 0000 steel wool.
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Thanks Gentlemen for the comments. Willard, How bad was your 10-6 before you blued it? Looks like the Oxpho-Blue did a credible job on it.

I have another recipe calling for the use of stump remover to do a true hot bluing, but have not worked up the nerve to try it. Maybe on the next distressed child.
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It was "Freckled", but not seriously. I think the combination of the Kroil, and the 0000 steel wool, got the loose rust out of the pits. Since the Oxpho-Blue will also work on a slightly oiled surface, to me it is easier. I usually use the crème instead of the liquid, and use a small dab rubbing it into the metal with the steel wool. I will do a small area at a time, like half the cylinder, front & rear, then the circumference. Will let it set for a couple of hours, then wipe it off with an oily shop rag. It takes a little longer, but with the steel wool rubbing it in, it tends to blend pretty well with the original hot bath blueing.

It will never win any beauty contests, but the blueing does give it a degree of protection, and I hit it with my Rig rag, every so often. It's not changed any in the last 5 years, so I guess the rust "got" controlled.
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Here is the recipe for the re-bluing with "stump remover":

https://www.reddit.com/r/guns/commen..._blue_in_your/


There is a lot of good information in the discussion. I suspect it does a good job.
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