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Old May 11, 2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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More Defarb Content,Pietta 60 Army & 1851 "Wild Bill"

My standard Pietta 1851 Navy turned out so well I decided to do the 1860 Army and the the engraved 1851 Navy "Wild Bill" model.

Here are the 1860 before pics.
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File Type: jpg BP Only Marking.jpg (216.8 KB, 112 views)
File Type: jpg Pietta Markings.jpg (224.2 KB, 105 views)
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Old May 11, 2013, 06:46 PM   #2
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1860 After

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File Type: jpg 1860 Rb Defarb.jpg (146.3 KB, 110 views)
File Type: jpg 1860 Defarb Overview.jpg (158.4 KB, 120 views)
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Old May 11, 2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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1851

The 51 required more care since it's an engraved model.

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File Type: jpg 1851 BL Before.jpg (155.0 KB, 109 views)
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Old May 11, 2013, 07:00 PM   #4
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1851 after

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Old May 13, 2013, 12:55 PM   #5
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Cool, are you gonna leave in the white or re-blue?
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Old May 13, 2013, 04:11 PM   #6
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I like it, still trying to get my Griswold to a look I like. I have one of those Wild Bill's, I just love it's looks too much to alter it, lol!
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Old May 13, 2013, 07:43 PM   #7
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More Defarb Content,Pietta 60 Army & 1851 "Wild Bill"

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Cool, are you gonna leave in the white or re-blue?
I haven't decided. I'm going to continue shooting it in the white for a while. I may try a rust blue.
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Old May 18, 2013, 02:02 PM   #8
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How about a couple of pics of the whole gun? I have a 51 Hickok engraved but mine is nickel (I think). I would like to see what it might look like with all the bling removed.
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Old May 18, 2013, 05:21 PM   #9
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51 Wild Bill

I'll take a picture tomorrow and post. My Wild Bill is not nickel it was in the white.
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Old May 19, 2013, 12:11 PM   #10
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Here are some added pics.
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File Type: jpg WB 51 Wedge Sized.jpg (228.8 KB, 49 views)
File Type: jpg WB 51 Trigger Sized.jpg (227.7 KB, 45 views)
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Old June 2, 2013, 03:24 PM   #11
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1860 Update

I decided I didn't like the defarbed 1860 in the white. However I also don't like them when they look new.

So I tried a new "antiquing" technique for me. I used Laurel Mountain Forge cold brown as directed. Then put the parts in a container and poured in boiling water creating a rust blue. I carded the parts with ultra fine steel wool. I then oiled the parts. I only used one coat of the LMF solution in order to get a "old worn" look.
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Old June 2, 2013, 05:29 PM   #12
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Looks good.
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Old June 3, 2013, 02:22 AM   #13
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looks sweet!
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Old June 3, 2013, 08:43 AM   #14
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Interesting! Can you give a bit more detail on how the lettering was removed?
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Old June 3, 2013, 07:35 PM   #15
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Defarbing

I put the barrel in a padded vise with the lettering up. I made sure the barrel was level. Then I chalked a single cut mill file. Next I used a draw filing technique (check YouTube for some good Midway how to videos) pulling the side of the file towards me. After every 5 strokes or so I used a file card to remove debris from the file and then re-chalked it. With the flat 51 barrel this is a simple process. With the round 60 barrel you need to be sure to move the file as necessary to avoid filing it flat. Once the lettering is gone use some 300 grit sand paper to "draw sand" as if you were still filing. Once you have a smooth even finish you are done unless you want to polish with ever finer grades of sand paper.

I finished up with a fine Scotch Brite pad about 1 inch square that I used in a circular motion all over the barrel to get an even finish.
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Old June 3, 2013, 09:54 PM   #16
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Thanks for the details on how to get rid of the stamping marks.
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