Not 'diss-ing' , or even disagreeing ,with your choice -just venting my frustration ,as one looking for originals.68.
i am with you which is why I went this route. it is not original, I know it is not original and I am not out money for one that was sold as original but is not. This one looks as good as an original and I am completely satisfied.
Early on in my career I used this Gentleman to polish up a few guns for me. Everytime and I mean EVERYTIME I got the box back and opened it I could've puked pretty easily. While overall at face value the weapon was shiny there were always areas on the gun that the metal was "Pulled" for lack of a better term. I believe it was overheating.I've been communicating with a gentleman who does great work and is great at communicating his methods. here is a link, check out his feedback and pics, lead time is 2 week right now. He will send you as many before and afters that you want. Cost $150 I understand this is a controversial issue but I like my guns to shine, not trying to fool anyone, Just a preference.
Frank's Gun Polishing Services Smith & Wesson Colt : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
I purchased a mat SS Python that had the previous owners initials laser-etched on the right side plate. Sent it to Colt to remove the etching and refinish in b/ss. They also adjusted the timing. The gun came back immaculate with no trace of etching. Price for service in '09 was $250.I threw in the towel at that point and started to realize that there is nothing like Factory!
Looking at the pictures of Robs gun and the pictures from Franks Polishing ad I can't but help to think that, although nice, there is still a level of polishing that Colt has achieved on their bright stainless that has not been achieved on these after market jobs. What I see in the photos (and maybe its just the photos) but the back ground reflections look a little fuzzy/milky. I have a BSTS 6" Python that literally shows reflections like a mirror. I took lots of photos with a little Sony camera and I had to be very careful of angles because of the reflections. Deleted most of them due to reflections of my back yard.
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This is not being critical of Robs piece by no means. Just addressing the difference between aftermarket and factor polish jobs. I have considered polishing a 4" stainless KC and putting stag grips on it myself. Nice BBQ/Truck gun.