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Refinishing a s&w 642

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ssgrock3, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. RKM

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    Getting shot with an ugly gun is just as bad as getting shot with a purty one....Leave it be. The inner gun guy wants it to look good, let the outer gun guy be your Yoda. "Leave it ugly I will"
     
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    I would agree, just leave it alone and buy more ammo.
     
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    They’re covered by the yoke/crane. Can’t see a lot of refinishing requirements in that area.
     
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    You win. Mods please lock.....
     
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    Mine looks like it was slid down the driveway a few times. I don't have a cool story. Seriously, there's not much you can do if it's your EDC. Buy a no dash 2" 66 to show off to your friends. Show the beater 642 to your enemies.
     
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    The serial # is on the bottom of the grip area of the frame. I believe you’re thinking of the model number. In any case, blasting the finish off the frame could potentially damage the serial number if care isn’t taken to protect that area.
     
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    Yes, the model number is on the frame under the yoke. The serial number is right above it. The serial number is also at the bottom of the grip frame. If you inadvertently ruin the one on the grip, there’s still the one on the yoke.
     
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    Great advise. It is a cheap gun to be used roughly. I will leave it


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    Unless it has exposed metal that is rusting, dont worry about it. It's a gun. Scratches add character.
     
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    I have a 642 I got in pretty rough shape for a great price. I soaked it in MEK for a couple of weeks, scrubbed the finish off, and buffed the frame to a decent shine. Acetone will take the leftover finish off as well, but takes longer to dissolve it.
     

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