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View Poll Results: How to address finish mismatches in aftermarket parts?
Try to find aftermarket parts that match the factory finish 1 33.33%
Have the gun refinished when I'm done changing out parts. 1 33.33%
Live with any mismatched finishes I end up with. 1 33.33%
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Old March 20, 2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Matching Factory Finish on Small 1911 Parts?

I like my new Remington R1 so far, but there are a few things I'd like to change. I'd like a longer/wider "paddle"-style thumb safety, and perhaps a beavertail grip safety.

My question is, do I try to find aftermarket parts that match the R1's finish, do I make all my changes and then have the entire gun refinished (maybe using NP3+ or some other high-speed/low-drag finish), or do I just live with any mismatch I end up with?
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Old March 22, 2012, 10:43 PM   #2
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Comments on your poll:

Choosing 1 will drive you nuts and be impossible if buying parts mail order or on the net.

Picking 2 will cost a lot of money and there is no guarantee of a match because of use of different alloys and materials.

Go with 3 and quit worrying about the small stuff.

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Old March 22, 2012, 10:47 PM   #3
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I'll take door No. 3. I have done No 2 multiple times and while it does look GREAT I don't think it's worth the cost unless you're just going to lock it away in a safe as an investment.
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