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    Question Refinishing Bakelite

    Wasn't there a thread once on refinishing a bakelite pistol grip??? Whoever it was had a before and after picture. It really turned out great. I cant seen to find it. I hope it wasn't at the other site. I'll keep looking. Kevin.

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    Plasticote paint may work...you might check Pookies Website sounds like something he would come up with
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    From BigAl on the other site:

    "Just a tip...

    Get a can of Gloss Clear lacquer at walmart for $3. clean and degrease your bakelite mags and give 'em a coat, they look like new!! I use the gloss black lacquer for the floor plates.

    If they are really bad, get some Alumihyde and paint 'em!!"
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    For some reason I was thinking there was more to it than that. I hope it is that easy. Thank you. Kevin.

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    ok... let me tell you the trick.

    wet sand the grip with 300grit paper.
    This will remove most of the scratches and give it a NICE smooth finish.
    Then get a can of TUNG oil, the semi-gloss. This is the same stuff the factory puts on the Polish wood.
    This will give you a nice factory looking finish.

    Clear laq will make it real shiney and that is not factory.
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    Thanks, I'll give it a try. Kevin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhino_66
    From BigAl on the other site:

    "Just a tip...

    Get a can of Gloss Clear lacquer at walmart for $3. clean and degrease your bakelite mags and give 'em a coat, they look like new!! I use the gloss black lacquer for the floor plates.

    If they are really bad, get some Alumihyde and paint 'em!!"

    Hey!!! I'm here too!! the lacquer looks good, but it is gloss shiney. I have not tried it on a pistol grip. I have sevral Bakelite mags that were really, really rough but functioned fine, so I painted them with Alumahyde. I'm really surprised at how good they look and how good it's holding up. The thing with the bakelite is the sheen is probably part of the process, not a surface finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus392
    Plasticote paint may work...you might check Pookies Website sounds like something he would come up with
    Yeah yeah yeah... whatever...

    Hey wait a minute I did that to some mags...

    http://pookieweb.dyndns.org:61129/ma...K/duracoat.htm

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    Wow look at me go...good advice for once
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    i'm still messing around with this. i've stripped the bakelite grips with paint stripper and fine sanded any really rough spots and they look good. you can see the "marbelized" texture of the bakelite (this may be asbestos, so be careful sanding and disturbing the surface!!!!!!). i've tried 2-3 clear finishes, but not totally happy on the raw bakelite.

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