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Re: Removing silver paint
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 6 April 2014, at 2:42 p.m., in response to Removing silver paint, posted by Rich F on Sunday, 6 April 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
Well, the first thing that comes to my mind would be a selection of paint removers (starting with the weakest) applied in small (Q-tip) areas on the bottom of the barrel or receiver (and note that those parts were finished differently) so you really need to test both. If you find something that works to your criteria, then proceed.
Solvent or WD40, Kroil, etc. along with 0000 or 000 wool are used on non-painted surfaces without damaging finishes, but you raise a good point about paint flecks getting down into what is presumably a rough surface.
I'm not completely sure that you are going to be able to do what you want - but - even if you had to refinish it, ANYTHING is better than the paint, but it ALL has to come off; partly cleaned will be ugly.
Hope someone else has a better idea.
Now, the Army DID paint some guns issued to their Indian allies, but that was usually black or greenish-blue, and the entire arm was done, wood and all - so - I do not think you have anything "historical" which needs to be preserved.
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