Spurred a related question. I see copper journals, one of the four colors: copper, nickel, black and brass.
I bought a buffing kit at HD ($7?): two 3" wheels and a 5 inch wheel and a hub for a drill. The kit came with two 2 sticks of "jewelers" compound. I've been buffing nickel journals. If the journal needs a lot of buffing, I noticed an orange tint to the metal sheen.
So I ask: Are nickel journals just copper with a nickel plate?
It was 45 today. The primer was OK. I did one coat of red and when dried I had a bleed through on the side frame . Possibly where there spots on the frame.. I will let it cure tonight and try second coat tomorrow.
My stripping went ok. I washed it down with liquid soap. Later I did a wipe down with paint thinner after some wire brushing. The pits bothered me so to counteracted any base. I used some gun blue acid and that evened out the finish on the sides. I have since primed again but no final coat yet.
It looks very nice. I was a little lucky in that I used a lighter color. It is harder to cover up imperfections with a darker color like your red. As a precaution (and a guess), I used some of that filler primer to help hide some of the blemishes that I might have not noticed.
You and TJ really do some nice work. A little bit of envy on my part.