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Old November 7, 2009, 05:36 PM   #1
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870 mild refurbish - before and after pics

I decided to take the low-cost route in trying to improve the appearance of and stop the deterioration of the finish on my 1970-vintage Remington 870 Wingmaster 12-gauge, which had literally no bluing left whatsoever and quite a bit of surface rust and corrosion. After disassembly (stock, barrel and fore end with slide assembly) I used rubbing compound and mild emery paper to clean off the corrosion and smooth out the finish on the receiver and barrel. I masked the holes and trigger assembly, then painted with flat black Rust Control protective enamel. When that dried, I put on a covering of clear acrylic gloss enamel.

This was the first time I'd had the gun completely apart. After reading about the problem of over-lubrication, when I put it back together I cleaned everything I could reach and dropped a few drops of oil down through the receiver to the trigger assembly, which looked pretty good and clean already. I also lightly lubricated the outside of the magazine, which I didn't paint due to the action of the fore end. The action is extremely smooth, and I expect this gun will last to hopefully be enjoyed by my future grandkids someday.

Thanks for all the suggestions about what to do, this is an example of what can be done with $5 of paint and a little elbow grease.
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Old November 7, 2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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From the pics you posted I would say you done well. Keep the chems off the paint and it may hang well. Did you bake it? A 170-185 oven may harden that paint a bit better.
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Old November 7, 2009, 06:10 PM   #3
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Thanks, I haven't but definitely can give it a bake to see if that will harden the paint. I don't expect this to be a scratch-free finish for very long, but it should be a definite improvement for a gun that's not used all that often.
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Old November 7, 2009, 11:42 PM   #4
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That looks much better, and should offer more protection to the metal as well. And it can be easily touched up or stripped off and redone if you want.

Looks like a good job overall...

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Old November 8, 2009, 02:21 PM   #5
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Looks good. Good choice of fix that's easily touched up if needed.
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Old November 8, 2009, 02:44 PM   #6
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Very nice!
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Old November 8, 2009, 03:38 PM   #7
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A slightly more expensive but durable alternative...

Any good powder coat shop would be able to powder coat a shotgun receiver. They would have to understand that certain tolerances need to be watched so they can't pile it on. Also, an aluminum receiver could "outgas" causing bubbles in the final finish if the powerder coat oven is too hot.

I have also seen Ruger 10/22 receivers powder coated as well as a number of barrels. It is tough stuff and reminds me a lot of the "k" coat I see on the Sig P 226 pistols.

Other than that, your job looks fine.
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