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Ageing Umarex Colt Saa Grips

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by Metradio, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. Metradio

    Metradio Well-Known Member

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    I have a Umarex Colt SAA in antique finish, it looks the part - apart from the grips, all new and shiny.. To dull them down to be more in fitting with the antique look I lightly rubbed them all over with steel wool until I achieved the desired 'used' look..

    Before and after..

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    Mike
     
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    Simple and it looks :cool: Metradio. pic on gun next:thumb:
     
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    Wild Bill CO2 Enthusiast and nice guy.

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    Nicely done. :thumb: I like to age my Ivory grips on some pistols.
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    But sometimes the older the grips on a Colt SAA are, the shinier they get. My wood grips on my 1861 Army are quite shiny from use and cleaning.
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    OK, The Gambler...

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    Mike
     
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    Wild Bill CO2 Enthusiast and nice guy.

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    I like that. Nicely presented.:thumb:

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    Mexican loop holster from eBay with some embellishments added..

    "Tex"

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    Mike
     
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    Thank's Wild Bill, I have some ivory grips promised to me, wonder how you managed to age them ?

    Mike
     
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    I am rubbish at doing it so far, but I have another set of Colt SAA ivory grips to have a go on. Here is my inspiration, this guy is the god of these western revolvers:
     
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    I gather the guy is using a spirt based Tan leather dye ?

    Mike
     
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    Wild Bill CO2 Enthusiast and nice guy.

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    You tell me. :shrug:
     
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    I looked at the video during the week and stopped it whilst he was showing the bottle label.
    The brand name was "narvsvaerte", so I did a search and found this:
    https://www.roc.dk/roc-narvsvaerte-60-ml.html
    Also the colour was shown on the label "Tan"...

    Mike
     
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    Here's my attempt at ageing the white grips on my blued version. The consensus of opinion over on UBC is that the grips are better suited to the antique finish version, and I have to agree. So it looks like I am saving up for another revolver.!
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    Pete.
     
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    Thanks Pete, what was your method of ageing the grips ?

    Mike
     
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    Scour the surface using a nylon scouring pad or similar. Cut the cracks and nicks using a craft knife then stain with a wood stain. I used whatever was to hand ,which was a very old tin of Colron wood dye, then after allowing to dry off buffed up.
    Pete.
     
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    Sounds as good a method as any Pete..

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    Yep, that's a good method. :up:
     
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    If you ever want to sell the grips, please bear me in mind. I have a little project that they would look good on. :thumb:
     
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    Pete, would you happen to know what colour wood dye was used ? If not colour was it a light or dark shade of dye ?
    Thanks...

    Mike
     
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    I am saving my pennies up for a nickel or antiqued SAA wild Bill ,so they will go onto that sorry.
    Pete.
    Mike it was American Walnut, but I do not think it matters very much as the dye does not penetrate much into the plastic. I think that the more you scrub the surface with your scourer the deeper the dye will penetrate, but still not as deep as wood.
    I wetted a piece of cloth with the dye ,wiped it over the surface and left it there for five minutes then buffed it in with a clean bit of rag. Obviously you can try different methods to get the desired finish. There is no " wrong" result for obvious reasons.
    Pete.
     
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