The average guy cannot do justice to a fine revolver with Scotch Brite, a bench grinder, and cold blue. A Smith revolver has lots of angles and hard to get at areas. I've seen even so called "gunsmiths" make a good gun look like a pos, with gaps in the sideplate, ruined lettering, etc. That 581 is a jewel, hard to find as they didn't make that many, and very much in demandbrothaman wrote:URBAN ASSAULT wrote:Ya know, I was thinking the EXACT same thing.400 Grains wrote:
Please....please................do not home polish and cold blue a classic Smith revolver......
Let a professional handle the restoration because then you know you will get that 'miles-deep' bluing and gloss that this weapon deserves. Also, as someone who hasn't been shy about taking a Dremel and a large buffer wheel to his own handguns(see the guns above), it is very, very easy to make a mistake and take it a little too far.
Geez,.. negative much?
A really nice job can be done at home. What people don't realize is the time that needs to be taken. Its not a 1 afternoon deal. You just have to stick with the polishing until its perfect. Perfect. If the polishing is perfect,.. the blue will follow suit. Besides,.. if you hose the job on your own, the gunsmith will charge you the same price regardless. I've never had a Smith quote me less because he thought the job would be easy.
Obviously, anyone can do what they want with their gun, but imho, it's a job for a professional.