1911 Pistol Smith
I recently acquired a pistol that had some holster wear and a scratch on the slide, the person had attempted to remove the scratch with a scotchbrite pad much the way you would for a brushed stainless finish. I have bead blasted before but, mostly to completely refinish the pistol. So, color was not going to try and be matched or left merely blasted. So, I got a #150 glass bead and replaced my Garnet media and began sand blasting the entire pistol to make sure it was uniform. When it was done I was astonished at how much it looked like the original and I blew out the dust, and washed the gun with warm soapy water and dried thoroughly. I was extremely happy with the appearance. However while oiling and putting back together, I rubbed the whole gun down with a light coat of oil... I have left it sit for a few days and while the finish is completely smooth and even, very uniform it is more of a light grey, then a Matte Stainless finish, No sheen at all. What did I do wrong? Is there something else I should have treated the frame, slide and parts with? I mean lets face it they are going to get oil on them when cleaning? Is there something specific they treat the finish with to keep that little bit of gloss appearance? This is a Dan Wesson Valor BTW... I may very well just send it in to have it done by Dan Wesson, but any clues on what I might have did wrong for future reference. Again finish was nearly perfect when I got done, might have needed to be shot with a bit more pressure, I did the same thing on my Trophy Match to restore and it was near a perfect match.. as the blasted part was more grey on it with brushed/polished flats. Any help at all would be appreciated...