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    Aftermarket polishing your Colt handguns

    Seeing more and more of these popping up. Not trying to disparage any company just pointing out that
    in addition to the cost and downtime the “ melted” look of all that polishing may not be what you want.
    Just showing an original Colt and one aftermarket job. A lot to be said for leaving things original. FWIW




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    Indeed...

    Some of those jobs look like they were buffed out at 'Bubba's Bumper Shop, Gun Repair and Bait'...


    My 'inner pimp just doesn't extend that far - and though I did put Gangster Walls on a '79 T-Bird a long time ago, I drew the line at the porkpie hat and crown in my rear view - plain vanilla, me...
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    Some well respected gun guys some years back said a handgun should feel like a "well used bar of soap" in your hands...no sharp edges of any kind. Maybe that's the effect these aftermarket polishers are going for...it at least sounds good to excuse lack of polishing ability. Some would (maybe still do) advertise a service to "break" all sharp edges on a handgun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    Some well respected gun guys some years back said a handgun should feel like a "well used bar of soap" in your hands
    I think John Dillinger escaped from prison that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sturmgewehr View Post
    I think John Dillinger escaped from prison that way.
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    I contacted one of the "premier" polishing services to ask if they could polish the slide flats and frame flats in a Ruger 1911 - not a mirror polish, just to replace the matte stainless with a regular polish, similar to a standard Colt stainless. They confessed they couldn't do it without killing the edges.
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    The reasons for the bar of soap look is because most polishers don't have the correct equipment and haven't developed the skills needed to keep a flat surface flat or just don't have the talent to do it.
    Many use soft, small diameter, narrow buffs which are basically impossible to keep a flat surface with.

    A true professional uses HARD polishing wheels that are large diameter and stacked to form a very wide wheel.
    The larger the wheel and the wider the polishing surface the easier it is to keep flat surfaces and not round off edges.

    Colt was famous for their polishing work because they trained their polishers and didn't allow them to work on the higher end guns until they had years of experience and proved they were up to it.
    Second, they used very large wooden polishing wheels covered with walrus hide.

    Today professionals use either large, wide hard felt or metal polishing wheels.

    Here's some pictures of Colt's old polishing wheels and how they were used.....

    Colt Polishing Wheel One.jpg

    Colt Polishing Wheels Two.JPG


 

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