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Old 01-03-2006, 12:13 PM   #1
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Care of aluminum airweight frame?

Hi there gents, and happy new year!



My S&W J-frame pocket revolver is starting to show wear on the back strap, the right top strap above the cyliner, and cartridge case-head marks where they recoil against the area behind the cylinder. Any thoughts/recommendations/insights on taking care of the aluminum parts of an Airweight revolver?



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Old 01-03-2006, 02:03 PM   #2
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Hi there,



Unfortunately, the only thing that you can do if it is black anodized aluminum alloy is to touch up the wear marks with Birchwood Casey Aluminum Blacking Solution. I have used on on alloyed framed guns over the years successfully.



http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/sto...ALUMINUM+BLACK



If it is a S/S color of aluminum, the frames are generally clear coated and there is not much you can do for them. You should avoid using caustic solvents that will remove the clear coating if possible. If it has started to strip, I wouldn't worry about it too much.



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Old 01-03-2006, 02:16 PM   #3
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Chris summed it up. I have a Model 638, and the clear coat is wearing off / falling off in all the usual places: backstrap, front of frame at crane, one spot at the top of the sideplate. The recoil shield is brightened up in several spots, especially where the rear of the ejector rod cams against the recoil shield.



None of the above affects functioning. About the only effect is to make the gun look very well used, which happens to be a pretty accurate portrayal.
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Old 01-04-2006, 12:32 PM   #4
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Thanks Chris and Leland.



It is a s/s 638 too. Sounds about like Leland's revolver. If the clear-coat finish on the aluminum parts gets really worn, can one get it "refinished" or something like that? I don't mind the used appearance and it functions great...just curious.



Chris: I'll take a gander at that brownell's product as the .32 mag. 432 starts to get worn.



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Old 01-04-2006, 02:07 PM   #5
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Hi there,



Unfortunately, S&W does not refinish aluminum alloy framed revolvers/pistols. At least that was the response I got from them when I wanted to get an older alloy frame M-38 refinished.



However, there are several platers around the country that will refinish them in hard chrome and ect. Check out http://www.apwcogan.com/Greetings.htm for a list of services and prices.



My LNIB 642-2 is pretty far away from the process of being redone. However, I will take a look at APW when the time comes.



Take care and thank you for posting the question.



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When / if I decide to refinish my 638, I'll have it Black T'd, but it's going to have to look a lot worse than it does before I go that route. A friend of mine has a 38 he's had since about 1971, and I'll get mine refinished before it looks like his. That gun has logged thousands of hours of pocket wear, but the good news is that it still works.
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If its a stainless with alloy frame like my642-1 I just get some oooosteel wool and some oil and polish off the clear coat then I leave it bare and put a coat of good car wax a few times a year. When these first came out they did not have no clearcoat paint on them just bare alloy with clear sealer on them. Works for me and sooner or latter it will all be polished bare and waxed. who needs the paint anyway???? My Tyler T,s were always bare and never had no problem with them. My back strap has been bare for years and looks great!!!!!! This my main protection piece and has been all over the country and I use it everyday. I wore out about 3 pocket holsters already. My 642-1 looks great and I use it ,but do not abuse it. It is a tool made to use not a safe queen that can,t protect and serve sitting in the safe. What are you saving it for?? Use it keep it clean and wax her now and then!!!
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My company's instructional guns see hard use and only a bit of care. The aluminum framed ones, black or silver, do not age well. But they do work even if ugly. My own airlite frame (Ti) also does not wear too well either. But it still works.



When it really gets too ugly, I will have it duracoated. That stuff is pretty good even on aluminum.
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If its a stainless with alloy frame like my642-1 I just get some oooosteel wool and some oil and polish off the clear coat then I leave it bare and put a coat of good car wax a few times a year. When these first came out they did not have no clearcoat paint on them just bare alloy with clear sealer on them. Works for me and sooner or latter it will all be polished bare and waxed. who needs the paint anyway???? My Tyler T,s were always bare and never had no problem with them. My back strap has been bare for years and looks great!!!!!! This my main protection piece and has been all over the country and I use it everyday. I wore out about 3 pocket holsters already. My 642-1 looks great and I use it ,but do not abuse it. It is a tool made to use not a safe queen that can,t protect and serve sitting in the safe. What are you saving it for?? Use it keep it clean and wax her now and then!!!
IMHO, that's real good advice on the part of jeep. While I do not condone neglect or abuse of any firearm, one must expect a certain degree of honest wear on a tool that is carried every day. My 642 is carried daily and shot often. It is a coupla years old, and shows little sign of use other than the cylinder ring, and carbon rings on the cylinder face. I have kept a coat of Renaissance Wax on it since I took it outta the box. The Crimson Trace LG-405 grips it carries cover the backstrap, which would be prone to peeling as jeep's has. At my advanced age, I assume it will last me the rest of my life w/o the need to refinish it. If the need arises, I would follow jeep's procedure or send it off to be hard chromed.
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