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Old April 19, 2011, 12:58 AM   #1
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Need help with frame Finish!

Bought a colt 1911 officers model Iv series 80. The Finnish is stainless . I didn't know much about the gun because I'm fairly new to the gun world. I thought it was sweet looking. It's my first gun but anyway long story short I completely disasembled it becuase I want to replace all springs and clean every nook n crany and lube everthing. My problem is the frame, it has several scratches that I would Like to get rid of and several rust spots that are visible when you remove the grips. How do I go by removing all of this off the frame without damaging the Finish? I know I can take it to a gunsmith but besides saving money by doing it myself I would like to also gain experience and be more hands on when it comes to my firearm..thanks and feel free to dumb it down a bit becuase like I said I'm fairly new to this hobby .

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Old April 19, 2011, 02:22 AM   #2
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"Finnish " ?? It's from Finland ?
Does the gun have a nickel finish [plating] or is it made of stainlaess steel ? Nickel plating may chip or peel and the steel underneath made rust .Stainless steel rarely rusts.
Replacing the springs is probably not necessary.
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Old April 19, 2011, 08:39 AM   #3
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Remove the surface rust beneath the grips with a green scotch pad and some gun oil. If the scratches on the frame are deep enough to distract they're most likely also deep enough to make polishing impossible. A stainless finish is easy messed up, you're more likely to damage the finish beyond repair than improving the looks by getting the scratches out.
And I agree on the springs, leave them alone until you shot the gun for a couple hundred rounds. If there are functional issues after that you can look into getting different springs, but they are not a routine maintenance item.
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Old April 19, 2011, 05:03 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.. The scratches are not really that deep but there's enough to annoy me.. I forgot to mention that I bought the gun used and it's prob close to 20 years old so that's why I want to replace the springs. It's a sharp looking gun, I just want it to look better.. I'll post a pic later on when I get out of work
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Old April 19, 2011, 05:29 PM   #5
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Until we know what finish is on the gun, please don't use Scotchbrite pads on it! They will remove bluing and plating. They are fine for stainless guns.
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Old April 19, 2011, 07:46 PM   #6
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Thanks Bill! It is a stainless steal finish bud. Hey you have some cool looking knives sir!

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Old April 22, 2011, 01:08 AM   #7
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Remove rust, re-coat...

If the rust or wear is minor, you should be able to clear it up with some Flitz or maybe some Mother's Mag Wheel polish.
For small nicks & scuffs you may want to try some auto body type sandpaper; 800-1000-1200 grade.

For long term service or protection, I'd suggest having the frame re-plated or coated by a respected firm like Robar, APW Cogan, Black T or maybe .
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