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    shotgun metal cleaning - tips?

    any advice/suggestions to clean really badly tarnished metal side plates on a shotgun? So far used silver dip, auto glyn, some other car polish to no avail... appreciate some suggestions here.

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    000 wire wool and oil works well but you have to pay attention to what and how your working it

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    Without insulting you intelligence....is this "tarnishing" the remaining traces of its original colour case hardening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfieldspares View Post
    Without insulting you intelligence....is this "tarnishing" the remaining traces of its original colour case hardening?
    Nailed it :-)

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    im not a metallurgist, so I would not know. Do you imply that it may be plated and that has worn off through use?

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    Its an older franchi o/u shotgun. so looking at the same model, the metal plates with the fancy engraving should be a bright silver colour if that helps...

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    pop up a pic mty is it the ? he or satin the do so many mty pick may help the lads give you some pointers

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    OK. Franchi are a very good make and whatever materials it is made from it will be of good quality materials. Very good quality in fact.

    Is there a model number or model name to help us to help you? Some Franch guns may be case coloured...certainly there side by side guns were (or some of them) and the bright guns you've see elsewhere maybe one that actually has been "got at" with a buffing wheel.

    Some Franchi shot guns are steel, I am thinking, but some I am aware are of an aluminium alloy. So maybe that alloy has suffered oxidation? As PAUL O' says a picture is worth a lot if we can see it we can assist!

    My initial solution would be to re-finish by plating...not to re-finish by using aggressive removal methods.

    If it is a Harrier then it maybe is meant to be like that unlike the Alcione that seems to be a fine satin nickel finish.
    Last edited by enfieldspares; 30-08-2015 at 20:16.

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