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Old May 5, 2010, 08:28 AM   #1
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Polishing Stainless flats on AMT slide...

I'm polishing the crudely brushed stainess flats on my AMT Backup slide. I polished it as much as I could using 600 grit wet emery paper. This got it very smooth and and with some degree of reflection. Then I used some stainless steel buffing compound and a buffing wheel to polish the slide, hoping it would bring it to a mirror shine. Well, it gets close, but it's streaky. I can't get it completely smooth.

Should I use jewler's rouge instead? Am I missing a step before putting it on the buffing wheel?
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Old May 5, 2010, 09:57 AM   #2
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Continue your sand paper to 1000 grit , then polish with Flitz , Simichrome or whatever metal polish . Makes it real smooth and slippery . If you have a Dremel tool , get some polishing wheels for it , don't spin too fast or it'll turn blue on you !
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Old May 5, 2010, 03:52 PM   #3
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Years ago there was a tutorial on one of these gun boards about polishing slide flats. They used a heavy piece of glass and stuck the sandpaper to it to keep it dead flat. Then they worked from coarse, to medium to whatever and ended up with 1500 grit or 2000 grit, etc.

No wheels, no dremels, flat glass and sandpaper.

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Old May 5, 2010, 03:54 PM   #4
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Stick this...

polishing gun slide flats glass sandpaper

...in Google and it'll turn up a bunch of threads on it.
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