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Removing Serious Pitting From 715 SS 8" Shroud
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Rex Beachmont
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Just picked up this clean Monson 715, but It came with a damaged unvented 8″ shroud showing some deep pitting in two areas that had been sanded down but with disastrous results, leaving the surface still pitted but now wavy as well. Really unsightly. Someone suggested a local micro welding outfit that will charge me $150+ to fill in the spots but  the resurfacing is still left up to me, so I did it myself the hard way. 

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The entire lenght of the shroud leveled, mindful of not screwing up the contour. A few tiny holes will remain, however.  I don’t want to go chasing them down any further and remove too much in this true labor of Dan Wesson love. 

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The filing done, the surface was sanded back and forth with #400 paper until the soft sheen came back, then i hit with the gray scotchbrite pad until it matched the other side. A couple of small deep pits are still there  but I’m happy with the results. Weird but I like this gun a lot more now.

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Congratulations! That is a lot of work. It takes many hours to accomplish. occasion

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Rex, your woodworking skills have been well documented lately, and now we find out that your metalworking skills are just as amazing. You are a very dedicated and patient man to be able to accomplish what you did on this shroud. Awesome work!

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larry260 said
Bob would be proud. nice job!

  

I was going to say the same thing. He’s refinished many of my guns and shrouds with great results.

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Wow, thanks for the kind words. There is no real talent or anything involved other than a can-do attitude and patience. So I decided to file down the rest of the pitting and leave it as clean as possible. I learned a lot as a volunteer restoring the Armored Presidential Train Car. Lots of brass, steel and copper. I also help out with the refinishing of weather beaten Presidential Seals, Historical Markers and Plaques.

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That’s excellent work on all fronts. I think I’d be too scared of it coming out worse than when I started. Ever thought of taking up bluing, or have you already? 🙂

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Scott_B said
That’s excellent work on all fronts. I think I’d be too scared of it coming out worse than when I started. Ever thought of taking up bluing, or have you already? 🙂

  

Very kind of you, Scott, but after seeing how involved that whole hot bluing business is l leave it to the pros. On a whim, however, I used Flitz to remove the bluing on my purple 15-2 and then I hit it with the Brownells Ortho-Blue. It took quite a few passes to start the reaction, and almost gave up on it but in the end it came out somewhat acceptable for a cheap fix. The factory metal polish on these guns is really deep and beautiful so a professional bluing is the only way to go.

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