SPONSORED: Veronesi Gunworks Offers Fire Restoration
Owner Tony Veronesi told exploreClarion.com, “When someone has a house fire, and their guns are not in a Liberty Safe, even if there’s no heat damage to the gun, the stock’s not charred, nothing’s melted, nothing like that – the smoke from the burning insulation and construction materials is very acidic, so what happens is, most guns are blued, that acidic smoke and soot gets on the gun and it’s hygroscopic, so it draws moisture out of the air.”
“Then you’ve got a wet acid on the blued metal, and it begins attacking it right away. It removes the bluing within hours. It’s fast. So, we want to get the guns in just as soon as possible. We want to get them here, and we have a special solution that we put them in that neutralizes the acid to stop the damage, because if it’s let go, they’ll rust and pit very deeply,” explained Veronesi.
According to Veronesi, after neutralizing the acid, they then tear the gun apart and assess it for damage.
“If we get the guns fast enough, usually we can just get by with cleaning them, putting them back together, and sending them on their way. That’s rare though. Usually, if we don’t get them within a few hours of the fire, they do need re-blued, and if they come in weeks after the fire, which sometimes happens, sometimes they’re a lost cause. They can be rusted enough that we can’t polish the pits out. The metal can get so rusted and pitted it can’t be saved.”
While rusting and pitting from smoke damage is the major concern with firearms that have been through a structure fire, the often strong and lingering smoke smell is another aspect.
“No one wants to get their guns back smelling like a house fire,” Veronesi said. “The solution that we use to neutralize the acidity also removes the smell from the firearms. The wood sometimes does need to be refinished to get rid of that smell, and if it’s not a sealed finish, if it’s an open grained wood, that smell can kind of permeate the wood and we can’t remove it, so what we do then is we seal it in by finishing over it.”
Some gun owners may be concerned about the cost of this kind of restoration following a fire, but according to Veronesi, that may be less of a problem than people realize.
“Most homeowners insurance, if your firearms are stolen, will only cover up to $3,000.00, but if they are in a house fire, they will cover you for significantly more, up to the amount that you’re insured for. Most homeowners insurance does cover the restoration of firearms after a fire.”
To help protect your collection, family heirlooms, and important documents, Veronesi’s has a wide selection of Liberty gun safes. Veronesi’s has a variety of capacities and colors in stock and with great prices and financing options, they can have a safe protecting your possessions in no time.
Like every other service that is offered at Veronesi Gunworks, fire restoration is done at their facility in New Bethlehem, Pa., by local craftsmen.
Veronesi Gunworks is located at 3258 State Route 28 & 66, New Bethlehem, Pa.
Call 814-275-4382 or visit their website at Veronesigunworks.com.
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