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1st time @ metal polishing....

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by No1camaro, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. No1camaro

    No1camaro Fort Lewis area Active Member

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    Wanted to try my hand at metal polishing so I gave it a go on a 1911 compensator last week...

    Here is the outcome...
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    I liked how the comp came out so much that I had to try doing a slide (and barrel) on a Para 1911 I had picked up in trade.

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    Thinking my next project will be an AR so I started out with a billet charging handle from MEGA.

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  2. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Very nice, especially for a beginner!:)
     
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  3. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    If the Cylon Empire used 1911 pistols, that'd be their issued kit! ;) :s0155:
     
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  4. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Now that we've seen how nice of work you've done, maybe you could show what you used to do the work?

    Electric buffer of some sort...maybe??
     
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  5. NWGlockgal

    NWGlockgal Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Very nice! Do you have any "before" pictures?
     
  6. tanzuki

    tanzuki Salem Active Member

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    Ugh, looks like a maintenance nightmare. looks good though. :D
     
  7. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Looks good!

    Make sure you wear a mask when you sit at the buffer for long periods of time.
     
  8. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Like velzey said, wear a particle mask. Also, remember to polish the rounds before the flats so that you maintain a good sharp edge. Use a soft touch and keep up the good work!
     
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  9. No1camaro

    No1camaro Fort Lewis area Active Member

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    Sandpaper between 200-1000, for the slide and barrel I started with 400 and worked up to 1000 and for the comp and handle I stated with 200 and worked my way up to 1000.

    Polishing bars in black, brown and green

    Used a hand drill to buff the comp and it sucked (hard to hold the drill and comp at the same time) so I got some buffing wheels (if that's what they are called) for my bench grinder before I started on the slide, barrel and handle.
     
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  10. No1camaro

    No1camaro Fort Lewis area Active Member

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    Rgr that have one coming in the next day or so along with a face shield..

    tks!

     
  11. No1camaro

    No1camaro Fort Lewis area Active Member

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    Tks for the tip! Did not know that about the rounds and flats...

     
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  12. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Looks great. I've used just Mothers Mag polish and terry cloth for polishing barrels.
     
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  13. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    @No1camaro, Brownells sells hard felt wheels for polishing prior to bluing. And a compound called polish-o-Ray.. Works awesome for this type of polishing.
     
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  14. No1camaro

    No1camaro Fort Lewis area Active Member

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    Tks for the tip, I'll be sure to look into it..

     
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