The first is a Ruger Mark I that belongs to a guy I work with, something got spilled on the gun and it removed a bunch of the finish
here are the before pictures:
After stripping the old finish, I decided to go with a super high gloss, there were few holes or sharp edges to worry about, so I went at it with the buffer.
Here is the gun after bluing:
At the time I blued the Mark I, I also blued 4 other guns, this Steyr 9mm, was in sorry shape, lots of pitting near the roll marks, the gun was 100 years old, so I was careful not to ruin the stampings. the owner tried to get the rust and pits out using a dremel, he left some deep gouges that I had to sand out
Here it is before:
This is what it looked like when he brought it to me
Here it is after many hours of sanding & polishing:
You can see the missing finish from the front strap forward onto the barrel. I was a little nervous, this is perhaps the most expensive gun I have worked on and I wanted it to look good.
It didn't take much polishing as the metal was near perfect to begin with
I did not get an individual picture of it before bluing, I did 5 guns at once and I forgot to capture all of them on film
Here it is finished though
next I polished the flats to a mirror finish and taped off the areas to be left shiny so I could sand blast the rest
I also took the time to restore the screws, they were mangled by using a tapered screw driver, rather than a "hollow ground" style.
I drilled a hole in a piece of metal slightly larger than the screws. I then wrapped the threads in tape to protect them and put them in the vice:
I then peened the metal back into position
Here is what they looked like after
Here is the gun after bluing
The 5th gun I reblued on this round was my own Ruger Super Blackhawk. I picked it up at the gun show for a bargain and decided to give it a high polish blue job;
Here is what it looked like before, the bluing was decent, but it had a scratch on the frame and some muzzle wear.
next I stripped the old finish and cleaned up the metal on the wire wheel
1st pass on the buffer:
Some of you may notice the ejector rod housing is missing from these photos. For some reason mine had an aluminum housing, I ordered a new blued steel one from Ruger. I also added a nice pair of rose wood grips
Here is the gun after bluing, it is times like these I wish I could take better pictures, this thing looks phenomenal!
Updated picture showing the frame has turned a plum color
Here is a picture of all 5 guns prepped just before bluing: