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Thread: High polish on a S&W 629?

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    High polish on a S&W 629?

    I'm thinking about sending in a S&W 629 to the custom shop for a high polish job on the standard Stainless Steel. Anyone ever done this?

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    Just be ready for the war on fingerprints! I did my Ruger Redhawk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyfishermanMike View Post
    Just be ready for the war on fingerprints! I did my Ruger Redhawk.

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    always wipe down my SS guns with a clean rag with a little oil on it.

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    Highly polished guns tend to pick up scratches, even the smallest will stick out to where it draws your attention. If you really have to have it, get it. Myself, I think bead blasted finish is the more practical finish for stainless steel.
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    The bead finish is what is keeping me from buying a new competition 44 mag from the S&W custom shop. I hate the look of bead blasting period. If you knew me you would know that anything I own is treated with respect. I don't scratch things, throw them around or otherwise abuse them. If I owned good backstand with good polishing wheels I would polish the gun myself and have a finish that I know will be the best possible finish available. I guess if it gets scratched I will polish it.

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    I had some 1500 grit paste I used to polish a SS handgun, it took many hours to get it the way I wanted it and it looked beautiful!
    But, putting into a holster produced small scratches, even an Uncle Mikes holster. Stainless steel guns that come from the factory are covered with small scratches.
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    Bead blasting a ss gun will lower its resale value. Ask me how I know


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    Another issue with a high polished gun is the rub / burnish marks from holsters, cases, and gun mats show a lot more due to the difference in the finish. I have bead blasted and don't care for it a lot but do like a hand polished finish where the lines are all north and south ( along with the screw slots and heads finish) This is to me the finish I prefer and unlike the mirror polish its easier to produce and accomplish. I have done the high polish mirror finish on parts at work. It never fails about the time your almost done that a dull spot appears that isnt the same and your working it over to get it to blend in. We had to mirror finish grippers and other gage parts to reduce scratching on the parts.

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    I like the satin finish like on the older model 629's and 66's. With use minor marks seemed to blend well. The bead blasted factory finish seems to show scratches worse than the satin, at least on one's I've seen.

    Some older satin models were polished afterwards, probably easier for the one polishing.,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickory View Post
    I had some 1500 grit paste I used to polish a SS handgun, it took many hours to get it the way I wanted it and it looked beautiful!
    But, putting into a holster produced small scratches, even an Uncle Mikes holster. Stainless steel guns that come from the factory are covered with small scratches.
    I'm at a point in my life where practical out weights pretty.
    Well, its a target gun only. No holster, and no rough handling. Would like to have something once in my life that really stood out above and beyond. I can live with some small scratches or for that matter I could buff them out if needed.

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