A member of our local gun forum saw my posts on my Remington model 58 project and contacted me about refinishing his Remington 1100.
The model 1100 is the updated version of the model 58 and like the model 58 Remington put some "engraving" on the sides of the frame. Fortunately the engraving as well as the roll marks are deep and the pits on this gun are pretty shallow.
The gun had been neglected by the owner's brother and he bought it from him with the intention of making it look like new again.
Here is what it looked like when he brought it to me:
I had to do some dis-assembly, the owner forgot to remove the recoil spring, which is located in the long tube that goes into the buttstock
Then a good cleaning/de-greasing and remove the bluing with naval jelly
and 400 grit
We then stepped up to 600 grit
The barrel got the same treatment, I didn't bother polishing the parts that will covered by the stock.
As you can see the metal did not turn out at all the way I had hoped. This is a part of gunsmithing, you deal with set-backs and failures, figure out a way around them and keep moving forward.
The best I can figure is that my chemicals used in the solution are contaminated with something. I always use food or lab grade sodium hydroxide, but my sodium nitrate that I have been using the last few times is industrial grade (I bought it from a pottery supply warehouse).
So I broke down and ordered some commercial bluing salts. I had a few choices. Many manufacturers and professionals go to Du-Lite Corporation. Another commercial supplier is the Heat Bath Corp.
Both of these companies sell large quantities of their solutions and are not really the best place for a hobbyist like myself. Fortunately we have Brownells, who caters to gunsmiths and hobbyists.
So I bought a pale of Brownell's Oxynate No. 7.
Stay tuned to part two where I strip the metal back down and start over