Posted: 1/1/2007 9:46:28 AM EDT
I've had an AIM Ishapore for a few years now, and am just getting around to thoroughly refinishing it.
First let me say that this thing was cheap enough to begin with, I am not concerned with returning the rifle to as-issued condition--simply to de-grease, refinish the wood, and make the metal parts black, somehow.
In the course of removing the cosmoline, I managed to take all the stoving off, exposing some mild metal pitting, light rusting in spots, and some areas of (now greenish) parkerizing.
I was considering using duplicolor engine paint to restore a black color, and provide some corrosion resistance. But, I have polished a few areas to bare metal where there was rusting. Is it safe to simply apply the duplicolor on top of the bare metal?
Any other finish tips would be appreciated; if I've pissed anybody off with my treatment of this poor Ishy, well at least I haven't gone and sporterized it.
Hello GT . .
Looks like your Ishy looked like my Ishy ! !
Mine had enough black paint on it to paint a truck -- a really BIG truck ! !
I stripped both the metal and the wood. Refinished the wood with several coats of tung oil.
As for the metal, I used Duplic-Color High Heat engine paint -- the 1200 degree stuff.
First, make sure that ALL oil/grease is removed from all the metal surfaces. I think I used acetone as a "final wash". (just make sure you do this OUTSIDE or in a garage with open doors -- if not, you'll be so fuzzy-headed that you'll forget what you're doing ! ! )
Then . . I warmed up the metal parts in my oven. Most ovens are a "30 inch" size, so the barreled action might not fit inside (mine's a 40 inch size - popped right in ! ) If it won't fit in the oven, try using a hair-dryer, set on high-heat. Seems that the paint will adhere better when the metal is warm. Spray a couple of light coats and it you can't get it back into the oven, let it dry/cure for about 10 days or so.
Mine came out looking really nice ! Nice, satin finish on the metal. So far it's held up really good over the past year with several trips to the local range.
And . . for what it's worth, mine will hold a nice 2 1/2 inch group at 200 yards -- off the bench -- with surplus Port ammo.
Can't ask for no better than that ! !
well, I went ahead and applied some duplicolor 500 in a semi-gloss black. It's drying in the garage right now. I will post pics when it is dry, but I will probably refrain from re-assembling the parts until the full 7 day cure time is complete. Unless you've had no trouble assembling earlier?
Wait, son . . . wait . . .
No problmes, but let the paint cure for at least seven days.
Believe me, you'll be glad you did . . . .
right you are, the both of you. and on inspection, I left a few spots a little light. so it looks like I need to wait the full 7 days.