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Dr Killdeer
April 11, 2010, 08:10 AM
Is it possible to polish out scratches on a 1911 stainless steel slide? If so, what kind of compound can be used, what tools do I need and what’s the best way to go about it?

jaguarxk120
April 11, 2010, 10:11 AM
It all depends on how deep the scratches are and how the slide is finished. You may want to send it back to mfgr for refinishing as they will have the proper equipment and materials to finish it right.

mete
April 11, 2010, 10:17 AM
Newburgh ? You need a gun !!:rolleyes: I'll be there tomorrow gun in hand !:)
I would use 400 grit wet/dry paper on a flat backing for the sides .For the top if it's textured use a coarse maybe 180 grit and hammer the paper against the slide to match the original texture.If the scratches are deep you might start out with coarser paper to remove the scratch then finish with 400.

Chris_B
April 11, 2010, 04:16 PM
In my opinion, 400 grit sandpaper is going to mark up stainless steel pretty badly.

How deep is this scratch? Photographs, please

mete
April 11, 2010, 04:29 PM
I should have mentioned - if you have a highly polished gun [ NONE of mine are ] techniques are different . Then you have to use a paper coarse enough to get out the scratches easily then use progressively finer paper to return to the original finish.

Dr Killdeer
April 12, 2010, 07:32 AM
The top is textured and the sides are polished. The scratches are from contact with the slide release. Not deep. I think I'll give it a try and then if I screw it up, I'll ship it back to Springfield and let them restore it.

mete, you better bring an extra magazine if you're going to Newburgh. As you know, it has the highest crime rate per capita of any city in the state, including NYC. It's a target rich environment. Be safe!