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sah
02-14-2011, 22:25
I have a nickel plated Colt Police Positive, circa 1930s. It was my grandfathers, so it is a long term keeper. There is a crack on one of the mother of pearl grips. The crack is on the butt surface.

I would like to repair it myself. Thoughts about what to use? Any epoxy to seal the crack then polish with progressive sandpapers?

Thanks in advance.

Dave.1
02-15-2011, 07:06
Is it a very fine crack or does it show a gap? Can you take the grip off without losing any pieces? Also, is there metal directly behing the pear itself?

If you can carefully remove the pearl grip and it is a fine crack, wax or place a small piece of celophane on the frame. This will keep you from gluing the grip to the frame. Replace the grip and lay a fine bead of super glue on the crack. If it is a bigger crack, you can often find gap filling super glue. Use the glue sparingly.

Once sealed, lightly sand the area with 600 wet/dry paper then go on with polishing compounds. When I did this on guitars I used Meguiars Mirror Glaze. You can usually find it at auto supply stores.

Here's a place with lots of super glue options.
http://www.stewmac.com/

Take it slow and easy. Good luck, let us know how it goes.

Dave

sah
02-15-2011, 07:49
Thank you Dave. That is what is was hoping to here. It is a small crack and should fill easily. I can remove the grip, so getting the epoxy on the metal should not be an issue. Will be a few weeks before I can start on it.

Dave.1
02-15-2011, 08:07
Just one more thought. If you're going to do this off the gun, make sure it's on a dead flat surface so it will go back on properly.

If you can, I'm sure lots of us would like to see a picture when your done.

Dave

sah
02-15-2011, 17:34
Will do, with before and after shots.
Thanks Dave

sah
02-20-2011, 18:58
Sorry for the quality:

Before:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_oUQ0KjegmH8/TWHF76STJDI/AAAAAAAAABU/lhc72KMXQw8/s640/P1010017.JPG

sah
02-20-2011, 19:10
After:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_oUQ0KjegmH8/TWHJA32BC5I/AAAAAAAAAB8/aBVJb_J59R0/s640/P1010022.JPG

sah
02-20-2011, 19:13
Final Product ( tip of barrel looks dark in photo but is same as rest of gun. Getting accurate pics of guns is tough.


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_oUQ0KjegmH8/TWHI3jNWG7I/AAAAAAAAAB4/wiPs7FuzXPU/s640/P1010019.JPG

Dave.1
02-21-2011, 06:35
That looks beautiful!

That is a really thick piece of mother of pearl. Most of what I worked with in the past was about 1/16th thick.

You have a repair job and a revolver that you can be proud of. :thumbsup:

Dave

sah
02-21-2011, 10:13
Thanks for your guidance Dave.