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  • Mreed911

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    UPDATE: New post at the end with restoration photos linked!
    Restoration Photos:
    https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A4GWZuqDGYHFgk

    Picked up a S&W M&P/Mod 1899 .38 SPC CTG. that by serial number is likely made in 1901/1902 today at an auction. It's in fair shape but needs a careful cleaning to remove some surface rust without marring the natural patina.

    To the degree appropriate I'd like to work on restoring this gun. It'll be my first, slow project, and I'd take any advice given (especially what not to do... like use steel wool to scrape to shiny metal).

    A pic of the newbie:

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    ArmyZach

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    Pretty cool old pistol.
    I guess cerakote is out of the question?
    Like you said, I think a good cleaning is all that it needs.


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    Mreed911

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    I was thinking pink Cerakote... :)

    I'll clean it up and probably bake it in the oven then "soak" it in Militec. I just want to clean gently enough to not mar the existing finish, and lube everything that needs lubing.

    I'd absolutely love to consider re-bluing or nickel-plating, but that's not a decision I'm going to make anytime soon.
     

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    You might try some "Evaporust." Put a little on a cotton ball and dab over the rusty spots, wait a bit, then wipe off with a clean cloth. Full instructions are on the bottle.
     

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    Try some frog lube. I'm a fan of it. Best stuff I've ever used and it won't take much. Dab it on a cloth and rub it in well. Repeat until cleaned up.
     

    rsayloriii

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    Won't cleaning it hurt it's value?

    He's already talking about re-bluing it or re-nickeling it, so I don't think he's worried about value. However, I think non-evasively cleaning the rust off without scratching or changing anything but the rust, won't hurt any value. JMO
     

    Mreed911

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    Won't cleaning it hurt it's value?

    Yes and no. Cleaning the rust off won't hurt it as long as I'm not rough and don't mar the actual finish to date. If I decide to fully restore it, I'll have to go beyond cleaning, but there's enough to do to get there first.
     

    Davetex

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    Very nice find. An outstanding little piece of history for sure. I'd love to see pictures of the "after version".
     

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