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A bud gave me his pre-ban Chinese made B West AKS rifle with no furniture, cracked front trunnion, shot out barrel and major rust that has pitted all of the parts.  My daughter stripped down the receiver to bare metal and she must fill the holes. I'm thinking either wire weld and grind down or JB Weld and sand.  Anyone have any other suggestions and/or input.  I will post pictures along the way.
 

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YEAH SELL IT TO ME!!!  In all seriousness I think JB weld is for monkeys and has no place on a firearm. I would either weld it or grind it down if possible, maybe try media blasting it to see if that smooths it out nicely.
 

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Leave the outside pitted with a parkerized finish... It'll look badass.
 

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Sell it, hell no, my 11 year old daughter needs to play with guns and build me another AK for the collection.  This will be her 4th build.  I couldn't believe that I see these in great condition actually selling for over a grand.  I heard about the US made B West AK's and the horror show that went into those builds and the lack of heat treating the receivers. I will have to media blast it before proceeding since the rust is deep.  I've never used JB Weld and I have no experience with the stuff so I will take your advice and stay away from it.  Another friend said to try Devcon epoxy filler.  Is that the same as JB Weld.  Thanks for the help and keep the ideas coming.
 

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Leave the outside pitted with a parkerized finish... It'll look badass.
That's not a bad idea. My daughter is leaning towards a low gloss ceramic black engine paint on this one.
 

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My daughter just texted me from the bus and said that she is watching the thread and that I forgot to add that she is going to heat cure it at 250 degrees for an hour.
 

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+1 FOR YOUR DAUGHTER
 

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Your kid is good peoples in my book!
 

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Thanks and yes she is pretty awesome.
 

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you gonna replace the front trun?
 

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You could build up the surface by plating it with copper- builds very fast, and blackens with gun blue.
You'd probably need to tape off the serial number until the very end so it did not get filled in.
 

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Dfisch said:
Another friend said to try Devcon epoxy filler. Is that the same as JB Weld. Thanks for the help and keep the ideas coming.
same stuff different label in this case.

I would suggest tiging the pin holes, if you have access to one
 

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you gonna replace the front trun?
Yes I am. A friend in AZ is sending me a bunch of parts including 2 front trunnions, rivets, a Chinese barrel, fire control system (Tapco double hook) and some odds and ends.
 

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You could build up the surface by plating it with copper- builds very fast, and blackens with gun blue.
You'd probably need to tape off the serial number until the very end so it did not get filled in.
The bad pits have been welded and smoothed out (only thing my daughter can't do). She wants to sand it down this weekend and start the paint before the rest of the parts arrive.
 

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Flow some silver solder into the deep spots and file down?
I think my daughter likes the pitting, she said that it adds character. Tonight, she was busy tapping her AR rear detent spring hole and installing a set screw. I love watching her work. She cut 1/8 off of the spring, tapped the rear hole with a 4-40 tap and installed a 4-40 1/8 steel set screw. Now she has to do all of our AR's. It only took her 20 minutes to do.
 

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Dfisch said:
Yes I am. A friend in AZ is sending me a bunch of parts including 2 front trunnions, rivets, a Chinese barrel, fire control system (Tapco double hook) and some odds and ends.
interesting. im still wondering what you plan on doing to this frankenbuild. 8) please keep up informed. could use some ideas.
 

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My girl left most of the pitting after filling the deep holes with weld and bead blasting the rust off.  She sprayed a low gloss ceramic engine paint, cured it for an hour at 250 degrees and starting looking through our AK parts bin that a bud sent us from AZ.  My girl is thinking of using the Chinese front trunnion (right picture of trunnions), Chinese barrel and AMD65 folding stock with front grip hand guard.  Keep the ideas coming.
 

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Looking good man. Keep us posted!
 
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