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Mother of Pearl repair

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by sah, Feb 15, 2011.


  1. sah

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    I have a nickel plated Colt Police Positive, circa 1930s. It was my grandfathers, so it is a long term keeper. There is a crack on one of the mother of pearl grips. The crack is on the butt surface.

    I would like to repair it myself. Thoughts about what to use? Any epoxy to seal the crack then polish with progressive sandpapers?

    Thanks in advance.
     

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    Is it a very fine crack or does it show a gap? Can you take the grip off without losing any pieces? Also, is there metal directly behing the pear itself?

    If you can carefully remove the pearl grip and it is a fine crack, wax or place a small piece of celophane on the frame. This will keep you from gluing the grip to the frame. Replace the grip and lay a fine bead of super glue on the crack. If it is a bigger crack, you can often find gap filling super glue. Use the glue sparingly.

    Once sealed, lightly sand the area with 600 wet/dry paper then go on with polishing compounds. When I did this on guitars I used Meguiars Mirror Glaze. You can usually find it at auto supply stores.

    Here's a place with lots of super glue options.
    http://www.stewmac.com/

    Take it slow and easy. Good luck, let us know how it goes.

    Dave
     

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    Thank you Dave. That is what is was hoping to here. It is a small crack and should fill easily. I can remove the grip, so getting the epoxy on the metal should not be an issue. Will be a few weeks before I can start on it.
     
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    Just one more thought. If you're going to do this off the gun, make sure it's on a dead flat surface so it will go back on properly.

    If you can, I'm sure lots of us would like to see a picture when your done.

    Dave
     
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    Will do, with before and after shots.
    Thanks Dave
     
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    Sorry for the quality:

    Before:

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    Final Product ( tip of barrel looks dark in photo but is same as rest of gun. Getting accurate pics of guns is tough.


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    That looks beautiful!

    That is a really thick piece of mother of pearl. Most of what I worked with in the past was about 1/16th thick.

    You have a repair job and a revolver that you can be proud of. :thumbsup:

    Dave
     
  10. sah

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    Thanks for your guidance Dave.