Polishing Question~?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Integrity Arms, May 22, 2018.

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  1. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Okay, so I have done some pretty decent polish jobs in my day, but I have had those stubborn ones that no matter how much you sand or polish or buff, you still end up with some cloudy spots.. The particular project I am currently working on requires me to hand polish as well so no mechanical equipment allowed. My question is does anyone know of maybe a semi abrasive polish or rubbing compound that will not scratch the metal beyond the point of Mothers mag polishing out the scratches. I am just a little cloudy in some spots and trying to get the cloudiness out. Or, maybe someone has a better idea, or knows what I might be doing wrong?
     
  2. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Flitz is my go to for hand polishing.
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  3. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    I’ve also had good results with NevRdull wadding.
    This stuf never scratches.
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  4. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    The polish isn't really the issue as I have tried the flitz, white diamond, Mothers mag, and blue magic, all appear very similar in final results, the issue I am having is working up to that point. Maybe I am skipping a step on grit size for my Sand Paper when I got from 1000-1500-2000 grit. paper and am not adequately getting the previous scratches all the way out.
     
  5. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    And then there’s always Curlys (Zoid’s) magic polishing cloths.
    Specifically for 1911s
     
  6. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Yep got that too lol ;)
     
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  7. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Without using rouge and a motorized buffer pad or wheel I can’t tell you where to go.
     
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  8. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I was wondering if maybe there was a rubbing compound that wasn't too abrasive that would step me between the paper and the polish, maybe helping to remove the cloudiness. I am looking at it under fluorescent lighting which is a tell all, hardly visible in natural lighting.
     
  9. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I am working up to a different surface finish and can polish the other finish some but not to the extent of mechanical and something as rough as the rouge... Appreciate the input though, thanks a bunch..
     
  10. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I think my initial prep may have been where it started, I used alum oxide to prep for duracoat, but then might have been a bit to abrasive for the polish.,but a little too late for that part now, I think I might have to go get some 1200 sp.. and at least appease myself from that point lol.
     
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  11. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Steve. Are you working with stainless? Some stainless will not come up to high mirror finish if heat has been used in the equation. Somehow the molecular properties change.
     
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  12. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Yep it's stainless, I do has some rouge and a dremel, going to give that a shot. I am asinine when it comes to stuff like this lol, a perfectionist, and honestly in natural light it is hardly visible, but in my fluorescent light it is showing a few places, it is more like an orange peel effect but the more I work it the less there is of it, so it is coming out, I think I may have wanted to media blast it with a finer grit glass or something as to not pit the metal as deep, plus when I was cutting this slide it was really hard stainless to boot lol. But, she is getting there, going to try the rouge in a small spot with the dremel.. If there is a way, I'll find it lmao... Thanks again for all your help, and willingness to help, that is what makes this forum the absolute BEST~!
     
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  13. dwhite

    dwhite Member

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    May 13, 2018
    If it's stainless, and a pistol, I would expect it to be 416 or 420 grade which SHOULD polish up pretty well depending on how hard it is.

    Capthobo has a good point though. Too soft or soft spots and it'll tough to get a mirror finish.

    All the Best,
    D, White
     
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  14. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Cain't believe I'm the first, but . . . . photos?
     
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  15. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Doubtful the photos would show the issue actually brother, as it is hardly visible in natural light. Aside from the fact that I usually take crappy photos.. I think I might of gotten it figured out, I found some green polish in a kit I had, so I am going white rouge, green rouge, and then mothers mag, I think it appears to be coming out. I, will have some finished pics of the pistol soon though :)
     
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  16. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    0522181525b.jpg Kimber 24.jpg Kimber 25.jpg 0522181525a.jpg Here it goes anyways lol
     
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  17. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
     
  18. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
    Cloverleaf lapping compound?


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  19. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Never heard of it, but I'll look it up, I think I went too heavy on the media for a mirror polish though, I'll get a chance to use something different next time and see if that helps the issue any. lol..
     
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  20. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    Steve , I beleave TTT can help you.
    This is a look at our polishing facilitie ,
    Step one ,leveling the surface:
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    2:lnitial polish
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    3 hand polished by our team of experts
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    4. Final polish and inspection by @ZoidMeister uncle
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    5. The results !!
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    Send pistol and cash plus more cash to cover insurance policy
    We’ll call when finished , maybe
     
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