lots of questions on saved Colt mk iv series 70
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 11 to 20 of 20
  1. #11
    Supporting Member
    Supporting Member

    Member #
    326
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    9,305
    Liked
    4017 times
    I am wondering if the stains are really rust. (They may be old lubricant that has stained the nickel.) Satin nickel seems to absorb stains and I have removed some of them with Comet on a cloth. (The bleach component seems to help.) If the stains are stubborn, a soda blast, which is far less abrasive than a bead blast, may work.

    That said, since the stains seem to be mostly under the stocks, it really would not hurt to just leave them.

  2. #12
    Senior Member

    Member #
    1196
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    930
    Liked
    130 times
    Quote Originally Posted by skipsan View Post
    I believe the blued controls are factory.

    The controls on mine are nickel plated, however.

    I think it was a matter of Colt using whatever they had laying around at the time.
    The blue controls on a satin nickel series 70 Gov't was in fact a finish option.
    I prefer Colts.....Semper Fi

  3. #13
    Senior Member

    Member #
    1330
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Savannah, GA
    Posts
    661
    Liked
    12 times
    Your gun looks to be in pretty good shape. As stated previously keep it away from copper solvent as copper is applied to the steel to make the nickel stick. Any compromise in the nickle and the solvent WILL desolve the copper and there goes the finish on your gun.
    I have had great sucess cleaning satin nickle with tooth paste (regular old Colgate works well) and a stiff tooth brush, it will remove the "dirt" and not harm the nickle. Then a good warm water rinse and blow it out with compressed air (canned air works well if you don't have a compressor). Then give it a good CLP "bath", clean the inners and have fun with it!

  4. Remove Advertisements
    ColtForum.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #14
    Senior Member

    Member #
    12499
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    296
    Liked
    95 times
    DSC_0004.jpgHere is one from my safe...satin nickel...Govt.....

  6. #15
    Junior Member

    Member #
    19052
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    10
    Liked
    0 times
    Hey, how are you coming on your gun? I'm thinking about purchasing the same gun and was wondering how your progress is going. Any new pics? The one I'm looking at is pretty rough. Shop is asking $725 for it. Where you able to find any history on the gun ie. production numbers etc? Thanks.

  7. #16
    Junior Member

    Member #
    14439
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    LaPlace,LA
    Posts
    75
    Liked
    1 times
    Don't attempt to take the collet bushing off the barrel. There is no need to and it risks breaking one of the fingers. It definitely helps accuracy.
    Nothing is fool proof to a truly talented fool.

  8. #17
    Junior Member

    Member #
    10581
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    98
    Liked
    35 times
    isimanica, if you get that gun cleaned up, DO NOT put the rubber grips back on it. Those grips were made by Pachmayr, and they have a steel insert molded inside the rubber side panel. The edges of the metal insert are exposed on the inside of the grip panel and rub against the frame every time the gun is gripped. That's what has rubbed through the nickel finish on the frame.

    I had a set of Pachs rub the anodizing off a Commander frame in exactly the same way.

  9. #18
    Senior Member

    Member #
    7222
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    1,301
    Liked
    259 times
    The issue with Hoppe's #9 only arises if you soak the gun parts in the Hoppe's. The ammonia is the offending agent but takes a little time to get through the nickle and into the copper. As for toothpaste a better gun polish and abraisive is Flitz and a microfiber cloth. This will both remove the oxidized coat on the nickle and polish the nickle to its best satin appearance. Please note this is not a bright nickle piece so do not try to make it such. This finish was meant to be dull not shiney.
    As for bead blasting I agree that this is a bit of an overkill. A little patience and gentle effort will be for safer and more effective.

    flanman

  10. #19
    Senior Member

    Member #
    10497
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    CT
    Posts
    615
    Liked
    395 times
    Am I the only guy that ISN'T seeing Nickle on this gun?....................

    Nickle doesn't rust, and I see that gun as already being totally Bead Blasted......................By that, I mean raw, in the white, carbon steel.

    I dunno,the pics may be "iffy" to my eyes, but I've built enough 1911's to recognise a raw Bead Blasted finish, when I see it...........

    I think someone Bead Blasted that gun to remove the Bluing (to make it look like stainless?), or to clean up some surface rust.............They also left some smaller parts blue for a pleasing contrast?

    I don't think there's any nickle on that gun...Look at the Blast pattern on the rear of the LH rail and the Ejector...........The slide was on the frame when it was blasted to protect the rails.

    That gun has been blasted to remove the original finish which was most likely Blue.

    All those small dark stains in the cocking serations, on the hammer, on the frame, on the MS housing are all indicative of rust on carbon steel............

    Nickle just doesn't rust like that!..........The only way Nickle can rust is if the nickle is compromised or lifted so contaminates can get to the base metal........

    What does the inside of the slide and receiver look like?................Any large dark areas that would indicate residual leftover bluing?

    If you degrease it, hit that surface with some cold blue, I bet it will "blue" the surface.........Nickle won't take cold blue.

    Tom
    Last edited by Tomray; 11-13-2012 at 08:51 AM.

  11. #20
    Junior Member

    Member #
    18707
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    27
    Liked
    9 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Tomray View Post
    Am I the only guy that ISN'T seeing Nickle on this gun?....................Nickle doesn't rust, and I see that gun as already being totally Bead Blasted......................By that, I mean raw, in the white, carbon steel.

    I dunno,the pics may be iffy, but I've built enough 1911's to recognise a raw Bead Blasted finish, when I see it...........

    I think someone Bead Blasted that gun to remove the Bluing (to make it look like stainless?), or to clean up some surface rust.............

    I don't think there's any nickle on that gun...Look at the Blast pattern on the rear of the LH rail and the Ejector...........That gun has been blasted to remove the original finish which was most likely Blue.

    All those small dark stains in the cocking serations, on the hammer, on the frame, on the MS housing are all indicative of rust on carbon steel............

    Nickle just doesn't rust like that!..........The only way Nickle can rust is if the nickle is compromised or lifted so contaminates can get to the base metal........

    What does the inside of the slide and receiver look like?................Any large dark areas that would indicate residual leftover bluing?

    If you degrease it, hit that surface with some cold blue, I bet it will blue the surface.........Nickle won't take blue.

    Tom
    I went back and looked close and I have to agree something is not right with the finish. I would like to hear about the blue test.


 
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 15
    Last Post: 07-13-2012, 07:05 AM
  2. Replies: 18
    Last Post: 04-14-2012, 10:41 AM
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-07-2011, 09:37 PM
  4. COLT Series 70/80 Questions
    By mafd2 in forum Colt Semiauto Pistols
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 04-19-2010, 07:01 PM
  5. custom series 70 colt questions
    By DCrezident in forum Colt Semiauto Pistols
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-06-2009, 11:00 AM

Search tags for this page

colt 1911 combat commander satin nickel
,
colt 1911 mkiv 70 series
,
colt 1911 satin nickel cleaning
,

colt 38 super el general

,
colt 38 super mk iv series 70
,

colt government mk iv series 70

,
colt mk iv series 70 combat commander nickel
,

colt mkiv 70 stainless

,
colt model 70 satin nickel
,
colt satin nickel finish
,

colt series 70 mk iv

,
colt series 70 mkiv metal finish options
,

colt series 70 nickel for sale

,
colt series 70 nickel plated
,
colt series 70 satin
,
coltmkivseries80ms13716
,
how can i date my colt mkiv series 80?
,
nickel satin in colt 1911
,

stainless series 70

,
super 38 mk iv colt goternment model
Click on a term to search for related topics.

Tags for this Thread

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
We are not associated with Colt's Manufacturing LLC. We are an enthusiast site comprised of Colt Fans.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.3
Copyright © 2020 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.