Bead blasted the Colt

Bead blasted the Colt

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    Bead blasted the Colt

    Well, I took it down to just parts and sand blasted it with 80 grit glass beads. Took about 30 minutes with all setup and cleanup (not counting taking the gun apart and putting it back together) and I love how it came out.

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    I did all the small parts, too. I didn't do the trigger, grips screws or mainspring housing because they are all being replaced shortly.

    What do you think?


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    Looks good
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    sweet!! looks great!! how much did the supplies cost??
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    WOW!! Dramatic change. It looks amazing!
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    Very nice job...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigo5552000 View Post
    sweet!! looks great!! how much did the supplies cost??
    I used the 25 lb thing of glass bead media from Harbor Freight. It was about $24. I have about a quarter of it left. Not sure what the cost of the blaster was. My buddy bought it from Harbor Freight, but it wasn't anything fancy.

    The kicker is that I didn't have to spend $60 on shipping and $200 on some refinish package. I think I could do the full tear down, blast and rebuild in an hour or so next time. Not a bad deal. Every couple of years I will redo it. I'll just keep it oiled in the mean time and if it gets marred or rusty, I can always lightly shoot it.

    I don't know if I'll ever buy another non-stainless, coated gun again. this was just too easy, in my own yard, no shipping and beautiful results.

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    It does look good. Gotta love a nice bead blast finish. I'd love to have a revolver done but you nailed it on the shipping and then the cost!

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    Very impressive. That Colt looks terrific.

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    Nice job!
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    Beautiful!

    Great job.
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    its looking good...

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    Thanks all! Now I need to decide on some nice grips. I'm not sure the Mil-Tac G10s look as nice as I wanted them to. I was looking at my Rock with the wood grips on it and thinking that some nice wood might look sweet. Too bad the Kimber SIS grips say "Kimber" on them. Those are nice looking grips, imo.

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