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Old 04-09-2014, 04:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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for paint I suggest Duracoat - their semi-gloss HK black is, IMO, really close to the original paint that Nelson put on them. It also stands up to abuse pretty damn well - my favorite nelspot for play has seen some serious abuse since I redid it some years ago and the duracoat is doing pretty damn well.

Here is a pic of one of the nel-spots I redid with that duracoat



and here are some pics of some clean nel-spots I've had





Good luck with the resto!! I love seeing Nel-Spots brought back. By the way, the one above I duracoated - here is what it looked like when I got it:

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Old 04-09-2014, 04:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. I'll check out duracoating.
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nice restoration, makes me want to get o work on the one in pieces on my bench as well ''

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Old 04-09-2014, 11:18 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks guys.

So I read up on duracoat and just plain painting it. Blueing is an option - but I think I'm going to rule that out as it can still rust and I'm not sure what fill will do to it. Everything said to rough up the surface for proper adhesion, and I've been going the opposite route. I've been having a devil of a time getting the paint off the frame and rail and pinged my father-in-law today to ask about options in protecting it and tips for removing the last bits of stubborn paint from all the cracks and crevices. It just so happens my father-in-law runs a machine shop and suggested I stop by with my box of parts to glass bead it. This accomplishes two things - clean it up once and for all of all rust and paint (there was still some in the spacer between the barrel and feed tube I was going to attack) and provides a nice uniform matte finish with some texture for the coating. I took him up on the offer and after about 5 minutes, I had the following results (discoloration around the bracket there is WD-40):








I quickly sprayed some WD-40 on the parts as directed by the father-in-law to prevent rusting and finger prints showing up. You can see a few smudges on there already from my hands when we were blowing the parts off with an air gun. They are all cleaned up and protected while I figure out the final finish on it. I think I might just go with some high grade paint and primer on it to keep it easy and affordable. Duracoating is still an option but at 4x the cost and I'm a little wary of messing it up. I guess I can always glass bead any paint off and start over if I need to. FYI for anyone embarking on a restoration: Glass beading will strip everything off for you - paint and rust included! If I had known about that ahead of time I would have saved time and money, but this is supposed to be about having fun anyway so the do it by hand route is a rewarding option.

I really wanted to get a high shine on the metal but the maintenance to preserve it just wasn't worth it as this will be a killing machine on the field and not a wall hanger when I'm done with it.
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Liking the Bead blasted look, I must now try this with mine, I haven't dug into it yet because the stripping issue but with bead blasting it shouldn't take much time at all.

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Manning, you still need to get that barrel sleeve off.

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Manning, you still need to get that barrel sleeve off.

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Yeah I tried the rubber hose and vice grips on it yesterday with no luck. Are they just slipped on there? I have all the grub screws out so I don't think anything else is holding it on. I soaked it in WD-40 overnight in hopes that I can get it off tonight with the leather belt.
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It's probably rusted on there. Leave it be. And yes the grub screws are the only thing holding it there.

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It's probably rusted on there. Leave it be. And yes the grub screws are the only thing holding it there.

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That's what I did...........

Mine are off to the sandblaster/powdercoater next weekend.............
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