This is a discussion on Polishing the SP101 within the Projects forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; After reading the posts about the polishing of stainless steel firearms, I decided to break out the polish and fetch the SP101.
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Guys if you have a bench grinder you can save yourself a lot of work. Remove the guard and grinding wheel on one end and use a six inch muslin or felt wheel with some Polish-O-Ray or similar compound. I have always used felt wheels but I have been told by others that the muslin wheels work well and they are a lot cheaper. Brownells has everything you need.
Wuchak - man, it is a lot of work! I definitely will be keeping my GP100's in the factory satin stainless finish. I figure since I broke it down and it is starting to look good I'll just keep going on the SP101. But I wish I had a Dremel or I could talk my wife into polishing it! I wanted this SP101 to have that Nickel Colt Detective special look since it is a .38 snubby and I wanted to be a detective before I chose the Army.
Keith - I broke it down so it would be easier to clean out polish from any crevices like around the hammer and where the trigger assembly meets the mainframe. I am going to leave the trigger and the inside of the trigger guard factory satin stainless for a little more grip feeling.
For the second session, I stripped it down to the frame like Infantryman did, but decided to put it together after I was done to make sure I remember how it went. For the third session, I'll take it down, and wont put it back together until its completed.
I am also only going to do a few more dremel sessions (2-3), and the last few sessions will be by hand and using mothers.