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Old November 30th, 2010, 12:41 PM   #1
 
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What is the best/easiest way to remove the black coating from an aluminum grip frame and polish it?



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I stripped the paint off my Single Six with Zip Strip, it took 3 applications. I then scoured it with 0 steel wool, then polished with 0000 steel wool, then a greenie pad, then Mothers Mag Polish. I did the ejector housing too. Only reason was I hated the little chip marks. I didn't care for it at first, but it's growing on me...

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oldcars, Ruger has used at least two different processes on their aluminum grip frames ... dye and powder coat. When aluminum grip frames are cast, they are soft aluminum, then they are electroplated with a very hard aluminum alloy that prevents scratches. This process is called "anodizing". With the older grip frames, Ruger used a black dye in the anodizing process. Later they went to powder coat on top of the anodized surface.

The point is ... if you get to aggressive, you will remove the hard anodized layer, which is only a few thousandths of an inch thick. If this happens, the grip frame will scratch very easily and will turn "hazy" with age. When buffed, it will have a different color where the anodized layer was removed. I would not recommend using sandpaper. Try a gray Scotch-Brite pad soaked with a strong solvent ... such as MEK or paint thinner, followed by 0000 steel wool, then a muslin buffing wheel to polish.

If you want to restore the factory finish, you can paint them with high temperature flat black engine paint ... available at automotive stores. You can bake this finish for a couple hours at 250 deg or just let it age for a few weeks. It will harden, look better, and last longer than the factory finish but it may not be "solvent friendly".
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I didn't care for it at first, but it's growing on me...

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Yea, I can see why It's growing on you.
Looks real good!
Is that a Weaver '"No-Drill No-Tap" scope base?
I use fine sandpaper (Sorry Ioewgan), and finish it up with Mothers Polish, re-polishing it from time to time to keep it shiny.
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When I bought my used new model blackhawk, I was not aware someone had stripped and painted the grip frame and ejector housing. Both are aluminum, and I found this out when I applied Bore cleaner to the gun. Long story short, I removed the remaining paint (with paint remover) polished the pieces and had them black anodized. Looks great!! Keep in mind you can have them anodized a number of colors for an additional cost!
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When I bought my used new model blackhawk, I was not aware someone had stripped and painted the grip frame and ejector housing. Both are aluminum, and I found this out when I applied Bore cleaner to the gun. Long story short, I removed the remaining paint (with paint remover) polished the pieces and had them black anodized. Looks great!! Keep in mind you can have them anodized a number of colors for an additional cost!
There is anodizing and hard anodizing. Make sure you know which one you're getting.
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Walt, that looks great!

And the scope really sets it off....Good job!

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