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Opinions on Polishing Antique Air Rifles

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Topic: Opinions on Polishing Antique Air Rifles
Posted By: undertaker
Subject: Opinions on Polishing Antique Air Rifles
Date Posted: January-10-2022 at 12:44pm
I have a Daisy 1st Model that, so far, I have resisted the temptation to polish. The original nickle plating has turned a smooth, even gray color through the years. Im sure, with little effort, it would polish up to a nice shine. As a long time antique Colt collector, I  know this is a no-no. Collectors like to find them with the original patina. How do BB gun collectors feel about this? Would polishing it decrease the value of my first model ? Thanks

Posted By: stevec
Date Posted: January-10-2022 at 3:11pm
Pretty much the same

Posted By: Bavaria55n
Date Posted: January-11-2022 at 10:13am
I agree with Stevec but you will see lots of examples of 'cleaned up' airguns and Colts.
Many people can't resit making them look nice and worth less.

Posted By: stevec
Date Posted: January-11-2022 at 4:16pm
Yeah, Like putting new chrome bumpers on on an old car

Posted By: undertaker
Date Posted: January-11-2022 at 10:04pm
Thanks for the opinions. I felt like that would be the general consensus. I will be leaving this one as-is.

Posted By: Bavaria55n
Date Posted: January-12-2022 at 10:00am
Great choice.
It is yours, you can do what you want.
 But it is nice to appreciate the gun for what it is and the history behind it and to preserve that look for others.

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