Whats the proper way to clean an SS 1911?

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  1. Billybob64

    Billybob64 New Member

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    Nov 1, 2018
    Ive got a 1971 combat commander ss, Id like to clean it up and don't want to damage it. I use Mothers on my SS revolvers, I don't think the finish on this should be polished. I may be wrong.Does anyone have any advise on what would be the right thing to use?? IMG_0957.JPG IMG_0958.JPG
     
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  2. WWB

    WWB Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    I would have it head blasted.
     
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  3. NPV

    NPV Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2017
    ^That, the only thing that comes to mind when I see a polished 1911 is the cartel..........
     
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  4. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    Define "clean up"
     
  5. Billybob64

    Billybob64 New Member

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    Nov 1, 2018
    Really? Wouldn't that drop the value of the gun?
     
  6. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    If your wanting to freshen up the finish you need to have it bead blasted, if you are actually just trying to clean the oil, dirt, grease powder residue etc from the pistol use good old fashion dish detergent and warm water.. Just make sure to get everything good an dry before reassembly.
     
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  7. Billybob64

    Billybob64 New Member

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    Nov 1, 2018
    Get rid of the Scratches/Marks on the caseing.
     
  8. Billybob64

    Billybob64 New Member

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    Nov 1, 2018
    Wouldn't that drop the value of the gun?
     
  9. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Polishing it definitely wood, but bead blasting is how the pistol was done originally, so all you would be doing is refreshing the finish.. Not that valuable anyway. TBH. I don't mean to say it ain't worth nothing but, it's not a $10,000 collectible ya know.
     
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  10. rmac

    rmac Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jan 26, 2016
    By the serial number your gun is satin nickel finish. That is identified by the SC after 70 in the serial number.
     
  11. Billybob64

    Billybob64 New Member

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    Nov 1, 2018
    Right. Anywhere you can recommend for beedblasting?
     
  12. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Definitely don't want to bead blast then.. So, I guess that is the first thing, is be sure what finish is on it. lol
     
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  13. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Can you enlarge the pics, go into edit, other options and it will allow you to make your photos full image size. Lot better to see the details of the pistol that way.. NM took care of it for ya.
     
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  14. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
  15. rmac

    rmac Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jan 26, 2016
    Actually a low pressure blast with glass beads is recommended to remove marks from satin nickel finishes.
    For a very few dollars investment you can source needed equipment at Harbor Freight. Never thought I'd be giving them a plug but you don't need high dollar equipment for this job.
     
  16. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Does the finish look to you like it may have been changed at some point?
     
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  17. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Gotcha, wasn't real sure of that, learn something everyday, I do bead blasting actually but was unaware on a stain nickel you could blast without harming the finish more than helping
     
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  18. Billybob64

    Billybob64 New Member

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    Nov 1, 2018
    Have you done that yourself?
     
  19. rmac

    rmac Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jan 26, 2016
    Yes. Use about 20 psi small beads. Just a couple of passes will clean and blend in scratches. Satin nickel scars easily.
    The OP's gun seems to be in rather good condition. I'd just clean it and enjoy it.
     
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