I remember seeing the film when it first came
At the time I could
Arnie’s extensive video/DVD
collection comes to the rescue – Here’s a few images I pulled from my VHS
copy of Face-Off- Arnie
As a FAC holder I used to own a real-steel
But, what do they know… I have to go the ‘Whole
Hog’, so I ordered myself a new silver metal slide, in fact, I ordered
two! One slide was made by Sheriff
in Japan, the other was by Perversity Guns Company in Hong Kong. My
logic being that I wanted the best, so I would get both, then decide
which one to keep.
The GPC/HK one arrived first,
The photos you see to the right are
(due to a sizable amount
of emails concerning this project, Matt and myself decided to add this new
section – Arnie)
Paint Job – how was it done ?
First of all totally strip the gun – and I mean totally!! Work out where the
tight tolerances are, i.e. pin holes and make sure these are plugged, or at
least make sure you only do one thin layer of paint around these areas.
Surface Preparation is the key (no pun intended) to a good paint job, the
keying of the surface is best done with 400 grade wet and dry paper, please
make sure all traces of the original black finish are removed and be careful
not to round off any corners. The finish I have used is in fact an acrylic
spray paint, I chose this type of paint after many phone calls to paint manufacturers
and asking their technical departments which was the most durable paint they
made, I was told that the modern acrylic was better than cellulose in that
not only was it tougher, but it also in standing up to the elements including
Spraying – 6 months in a paint shop taught me the rights and wrongs.Practice
is essential. Nice even light coats, the final one should look like a thin
film of gloss all over, then it will dry nice and evenly. Too little and you
get a stippled finish, too much and you get runs, have a few trial runs on
something else first until you get confident.
Suffice to say that the paint I used was meant for car wheels, and was designed
to be very durable. Despite paint manufacturers claims I always do the “scratch
test” on a pre-production sample. This is after the paint has been applied
and left to cure in my patented oven *read airing cupboard*, I try and scratch
the paint off with my nail. It has to pass this rudimentary test to go on
my guns, so far my phone calls to the manufacturers have saved me from any
The colour…well as I live in the UK and used a domestic brand, so I guess
the best advice is to try your local stores, but do not choose any old Gold,
look at several shades and please, please do a test on something other than
an Infinity first, say an old springer – then see how it looks and holds up.
Good Luck and remember that doing the wrong thing can ruin your gun, so please
be careful. TOP
How is the paint job holding up?
I am very pleased to say – that the finish is holding up really well. there
is a very small amount of wear the front edges of the frame due to holster
wear, but so minor as to not show up on a photo…but I know they’re there!!
Why not plate or Anodise?
I did look into anodising/plating, but was advised that anodising aluminium
is quite difficult and can show up badly as two different grades of aluminium
are used (Sheriff or PGC slide/ WA frame), plus I would not be able to anodise
the smaller screws and pins which are not aluminium. A flash copper plating
prior to chrome plate (as used by WA themselves) on the Infinity Silver series
frames decreases tolerances too much for my liking. TOP
Looking to buy a pre-made
set? Have a look at Clarence Lai’s newest production
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 5:31 PM
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