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Old 05-12-2013, 10:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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98 Custom Restoration- Pic Heavy

So some back story...I bought my 98 Custom back in 2001 when I first started playing and used it for 3 years before even buying another gun but steadily upgrading it. After a while of shooting other guns and using this as a backup/loner it really took it's toll. After graduating from grad school I have nothing better to do so I started to restore and update my 98 custom that I used to love so much. Started as a stock 98c with a flatline and drop forward:

Paint peeling, internals looked rough (going to do a full polish and repaint)

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I don't know what the yellow blotches are but it was sticky and probably old paint


Took the hammer, sear, and connecting rod out to clean with brake cleaner then polish using the polishing compound (pictured) and three different grits of scotch brite (pic before polishing and after being cleaned with brake cleaner)

Got Rustoleum aircraft grade paint remover, wire brush, screwdriver, and a lot of rags to strip the finishing off of the gun. Before:

After a while of :


Polished the internals using scotch brite and polishing compound. Unpolished v polished

Primer on the shell halves:



More to come as I get back to it!
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Got more time to work on it got it sanded and painted for a few coats

Blacked out the logo; reassemble aaaaaaand done!



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Very slick! I'm always pleased to see how a little elbow grease and a dash of paint can bring a Tippmann back to life.

The only thing I could've suggested would be to dunk the rusty screws/nuts/bolts in a little Evaporust (or whatever the USA equivalent is).
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Hmm I'll look into that, since I wanted to paint them but knew that it wouldn't last very long
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Whoops! Actually, I had a thought (and checked the web) and maybe Evaporust wasn't a good suggestion. It'll take the black oxide off the hardware too... I've only used it on uncoated tools so far.

But maybe you could just boil them in distilled water and rust blue them? Hehe, does anyone else have experience restoring black oxide hardware?
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