My Lee Enfield bayonet restored

So with the lock-down in place what’s a man supposed to do? I had this Lee Enfield bayonet lying somewhere in my drawer, rusting its life away. So with ample spare time I decided to restore it a little bit using  all available resources in my small store. 

The first step was to remove the grips which are held by two screws. Next I gave it a tender coat of WD 40 to loosen the rust.

So here’s the bayonet with the grips removed

You can see its rusted.

After applying WD40 I scrubbed it with a Dremel tool to remove rust. I used a copper brush for that. Later I worked with sandpaper using grits 400, 1000, 1500 and finally 2200. This gave it a better finish.
See how it looks now.

Finally I used Perma Blue which is a cold blue. First you wash the bayonet. Then you apply Alcohol of any kind to remove any oils on it. Finally you apply one coat of cold blue material. You leave it for 30 seconds and then wash with cold water. Dry it and repeat at least three times to get a darker bluing. Finally after drying apply gun oil and let it sit over night. Always remember to wear gloves while doing this because Perma Blue is POISON.

Similarly the grips were sanded using various grit sand paper and finally I applied linseed oil . After 48 hours I fixed the grips and gave it another coat of gun oil.

 

See how good it looks now. The bayonet is re-lifed for a couple of years. Do let me know your thoughts on this. Cheers.

5 thoughts on “My Lee Enfield bayonet restored

  1. Wonderful! Please do share links of high resolution pics of the same if possible so we can appreciate the fine work properly. 🙂

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s