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Old October 27, 2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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Refinished my Pietta grips

I decided to try sanding my Pietta colt grips to get rid of the step that they leave where the wood grip meets the frame. The grips might be as much as 1/16" high. Once you do the sanding, it will take the color off that area so you need to refinish the whole grip.

I had not done a lot of work on grips or stocks before so I had a learning curve, but I finally got these two looking good. The colors in the picture aren't 100 percent match to reality, but they give a pretty good idea.

The navy grips are done with Fiebings light brown alcohol dye with clear shellac topcoat.

The army grips are Fiebings mahogany with pure tung oil rubbed in on top.

I have one more navy to do, so I am going to experiment with a couple other dye stains that I have: Fiebings medium brown and Transtint reddish brown.

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Old October 27, 2012, 04:06 PM   #2
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Very nice work.
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Old October 27, 2012, 04:18 PM   #3
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Nice! I prefer the flatter finish on the Army, but that's 'cause I like pre-'73s to look "old" and fairly used.
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Old October 27, 2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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Nice, what did you use to strip the old finish off?
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Old October 27, 2012, 05:44 PM   #5
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I use acetone to strip the finish. It seems to work on almost everything.

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Old October 27, 2012, 06:35 PM   #6
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Awesome! Great looking work!
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Old October 27, 2012, 06:59 PM   #7
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Looking good.
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Old October 27, 2012, 11:42 PM   #8
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They look great!
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Old October 28, 2012, 09:32 AM   #9
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Very nicely done. It really doesn't take much to get them properly fitted does it?
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Old October 28, 2012, 10:17 AM   #10
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It's very easy to eliminate the high edge right at the frame. Five minutes of sanding is all it takes. I don't know why Pietta leaves that edge. The square angle there at the frame is perfect. Once you sand it down, it looks so much better.

There are other small problems though that you can't fix. Looking at the navy grip, you can see just a bit of brass frame showing on the inside curve, along the right hand edge. The grip panels needed to be just a tad wider there. Still for the money, I think the Piettas are a great value.

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Old October 28, 2012, 01:44 PM   #11
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Yes...I agree...

Nice job, including the comment on the flat finish.
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