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Ageing A Replica...

Discussion in 'Replica Airguns' started by David Kearley, Oct 12, 2021.

  1. David Kearley

    David Kearley Busy Member

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    It's not something I would risk as I have zero artistic ability :) But this guy certainly knows what he wants.

    I was a bit baffled as to the effect as surely guns were never allowed to go rusty? It wasn't until he explained the desired effect at the end that it all made sense and the finish was darn good I think.

    I think it counts as art now :)

    It starts at 07:30...

     
  2. Andy_J

    Andy_J co2 Replica Airgun collector

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    Yep, he did an amazing job on that Luger. :thumb:
     
  3. Missed_Again

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    Not keen on that finish if I'm honest.

    I get what he was going for, but up close you can see it's an effect. I prefer weathering to make them simply look well used e.g. I really like the Peacemaker I recently bought in 'antique finish' which is basically that slightly worn look.

    Not taking anything away though, it's very clever doing that and would look a dogs dinner if I tried it :)
     
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    That's funny as I mentioned ageing Umarex Lugers on your other post!

    He's certainly an expert at what he's doing! - though similar to the previous post, I also think it seems a bit too much and fake. I prefer the subtle and simpler ageing we see on this forum from members.

    I'd like to put a whole new finish on my P.38 to make it a wartime look, as I hate the gloss black finish.
     
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    For a worn look it's not too difficult (if you dare) - you simply need to emulate years of being used, taken in and out of a holster and the odd knock here and there.

    The easiest way if you want to have a go without being too aggressive is using a scotchbrite (like the green scourers for washing up). Simply start rubbing all over to knock the gloss off and concentrate on all the edges where the paint would wear through to bare metal.

    The red scotchbrite will do it quicker, but the scourers are easy to get in the supermarket and less abrasive so is a gentler approach.
     
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    Thanks Missed_Again. Yes I did all that - to quite good effect - on my Umarex Luger.
    Yes I could certainly wear down the gloss and take the shine off it. But tempting to try a full respray with a gunmetal colour - as per the wartime P.38's - as for me the black looks completely wrong.
    But will be a long term project and mean stripping a lot of the gun down unfortunately. Maybe one day!
     
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    I see what you mean, yeah that will be a much trickier thing. Would be good fun to try. I guess you simply need to give it a go and you can always knock back to the original finish if you don't strip it back too much initially.
     
  8. David Kearley

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    There is an excellent x-ray view of a Luger in action in this video plus some views of the real-deal :)

     
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  9. Andy_J

    Andy_J co2 Replica Airgun collector

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    My aged Luger:

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  10. CaptDAR

    CaptDAR Always count your shots and your adversary’s

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    Mine is less worn than Andy’s.


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  11. Beagle38

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    Looks good to me - and I think that looks far nicer than the overdone one in the video.
     
  12. Andy_J

    Andy_J co2 Replica Airgun collector

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    I aged my M1 Carbine too. Just gentle aging. Treated the wood in some areas with black boot polish to get the ingrained dirt look. Needs a bit more to be honest.

    P1050517.JPG

    If I buy a Tokarev TT I want to age that one next.

    I also like the artificial aging that is on my John Wayne Ltd edition Colt 1911.

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    That M1 looks gorgeous!
     
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    Andy_J co2 Replica Airgun collector

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    Thanks bud.
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    I've owned and handled many wartime p38s. The early Walthers and Mausers were superbly finished with some deep dark blue, equal to the best available at the time. From 1943 the finish became poorer , especially on the almost substandard Spreewerken made ones which were close to a dull grey parkerised finish. no where near the same standard as that used on the 1911A! colts or the Victory revolvers.

    Gunmetal is a dull bronze colour and I've never seen that finish on any gun apart from ancient antiques

    Think of the colour as that of a poorly applied cold blue gell that has gone grey and you won't be far out for a late war p38
     
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    Not P38's but there are loads of examples of the P08 in this video, some of the finishes are excellent from the factory...

     
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    This is the sort of grey colour I would like to do, as in this Mauser-produced example - though whether I ever get around to it is something else!



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    Hi Guys
    i have haven't been collecting long but much prefer the aged look as when bought new
    these things i think look too shiny, aging them gives them character lol
    i have had lots of ideas from this forum so thanks .
    I've aged my luger and am currently working on an SMLE i got last Saturday
    please excuse photos as I'm no photographer and my phone camera isn't that good DSC_0112.JPG DSC_0111.JPG DSC_0103.JPG
     

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