Refinishing Gun Metal without Breaking the Budget

Multiple options for metal refinishing are possible on even the tightest budget. Here’s how to set your shop up on the cheap!
by Brian E. Capps

Most of my friends consider me tight with a buck. Never one to pass up a scrap of metal or broken tool, my shop is littered with stuff I plan to use … someday. When my wife decided it was time for a new stove for the kitchen, I immediately moved the old one into my shop. Since then, I have done numerous handguns with baked-on finishes, but lacked the equipment to do rifles or long-barreled shotguns because of the limited space inside the oven. I briefly considered getting a hot bluing setup, but balked at the space and dollar requirement for a first class operation. That idea was put on the back burner (pun intended) until a visit to the shop by a friend and mentor.

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