I already have two custom 870 shotguns and a third sitting in a box. I came across a good deal for a used police gun trade in. It’s has some bare spots on the metal. I want to keep this as cheap as possible so cerakote is out. I am having scattergun ghost rings sights installed but I have had those sitting around for the last three years. Is it even worth to have it parkerized or just keep a eye out for rust? It will be a closet gun in my living room.
Personally that's the last thing I'd spend money on. I'd spray paint it first, or truck bed liner... or spend some money and have a good finish added.
Someone suggested engine paint.
I'd probably just rub a light coat of grease on those areas. It will live inside your climate controlled house.
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Krylon makes a spray can grill paint that works also.
Spray it down with Eezox. Let it dry. Rub off the excess. If there is not any rust now, that should be plenty for in the house.
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Breakfree CLP on it would be fine too. I doubt you'd get any rust on bare metal inside of your house if you simply kept it wiped down periodically.
Unless you're at 100% humidity, no need. The old 870's are almost indestructible. I have shotguns in my agency from the 1970's with little to no finish left that still work fine and only require a rubdown with an oily rag to keep the rust at bay. I'm in Central Florida if that tells you anything.
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My take on LEO trade ins is only buy if you intend to do minimal restoration. Change springs, test function, then leave em.
If your intent is to make it pristine again, you should have just purchased a new firearm from the start.
I would not touch a current production 870 police but that’s my preference
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I agree with this, but would amend it to current production Remington anything. The used 870 Express I bought in 2007 was made in 2003 and it was an unimpressive rust magnet that I dumped too much time and money into trying to turn it into something it couldn’t be. I would have been better off with a well-worn, even abused Wingmaster or Police 870 from the late 70’s to early 80’s for a project gun. You can polish a gem, you can’t polish a turd; and that’s what Remington has been plopping out for going on a few decades now.
There is no need to spend a significant amount of money for a refinish on a house gun, barring if you possibly live in an environment with salt air near the ocean.
Check it occasionally for rust. A pretreatment with Eezox will likely prevent any kind of corrosion.
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Agreed, my statement was a general one and not implying to purchase current products that are shoddy.
Either buy LEO trade in and use with minimal restoration for function, or buy new quality firearms.
You could check Brownell's. They have some cheaper
do it yourself products to spray and bake, if rust becomes a problem
I’ve had excellent luck with removing rust and light pitting with a dremel and buffing wheel, then polish and use. Brownell’s Creme Blue to restore a rust bluing. Dry polish with wool wheels to burnish it a bit.
Check out the Alumahyde. Its a spray on minus the baking with excellent solvent resistance.Make sure you give it some time to cure though.
I spray painted mine with a rust inhibiting black paint, then lightly dusted with spray acrylic.
The latter greatly increases the strength of the finish against gun oil.
Despite what it says on the label, I've found that a cure time of one month gives the best results.
Your results may vary...
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Nah. Ive seen lots of UUUgly police 870s; they all worked just fine. Gives 'em character. You already have a couple of pretty ones.
I'm quite happy with a krylon fusion job on my 870 I did back in 2008. Still looks good though the gun usually just sits. About as cheap as it gets too.
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