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Old May 8th, 2008, 06:15 AM   #1
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Polishing the SP101

After reading the posts about the polishing of stainless steel firearms, I decided to break out the polish and fetch the SP101.

I am going to try and do it the lazy way, since I have a dremel and a polishing kit for it.

The tips I am using are the low speed 3/8 polishing tips:


I am using a light chrome polish to get the basic shine going. For the final polish I'll use Mothers.

I spent about 30-45 minutes on it yesterday, and parts of it are looking really good.

Stay tuned for more... (and pics)



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Old May 8th, 2008, 01:06 PM   #2
 
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Keith, please let me know how it turns out i want to polish mine when i get it
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Yes, post pics when its done. How low speed is low speed? For those who want to do the same.
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Man that sounds like a good approach! My hands are killing me but I am starting to get great results after 4 coats.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 06:22 PM   #5
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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.
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If you have a cordless drill, Mother's has a foam ball polisher attachment that is sold in the automotive section of Walmart. Works great.
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I have a Worksmith dremel, and on low setting is 8k RPM.

I tried a felt tip, but the thing exploded as soon as I tried putting polish on it I guess you need to use liquid polish with a felt polisher.
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[SIZE="3"]Here is mine at 4 (by hand) applications.I am determined to get the nickel look by 15 or so coats. [/SIZE]


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what are you using for polish infantryman?
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Gunlover24 - using Mothers mag and aluminum polish with tshirts followed by clean rags.
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All this polishing looks like too much work! I just keep the original satin finish looking good with a bit of scotchbrite now and then.
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Wow, you stripped it down!! Maybe Ill break my down that far..
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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.
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Here is mine after 2 dremel sessions:


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.
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