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Old December 6, 2018, 02:11 PM   #1
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5906 touch up ?

I have read guys have had good luck with the scotchbrite pads for cleaning up there S&W 5906's or should I have it bead blasted, no nicks or marks on it, just some discoloring? terry also what grit of scotchbrite?

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Old December 6, 2018, 02:23 PM   #2
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Try the Lucas Oil Metal Polish. Works great!
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Old December 6, 2018, 02:45 PM   #3
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What is a 5906?
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Old December 6, 2018, 05:43 PM   #4
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What is a 5906?
I think its like a Glock, but totally different. Lol

Smith and wesson 3rd gen DA/SA pistol. Its a 9mm duty gun from the days before plastic.
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Old December 6, 2018, 07:09 PM   #5
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The pads that I keep on hand that do a wonderful job of softly removing small imperfections on a brushed stainless firearm, are the #7448 Ultra Fine and are gray in color.

(There are a couple finer ones like the #7445 white, and the #7447 burgundy.)

You should be able to find them at any auto parts store that also sells automotive painting supplies.

They're not going to do any good for you on a bead blasted looking finish, but brushed they'll do very well.

Metal polish might be a better bet if you're talking actual discoloring or staining of the metal.
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Old December 6, 2018, 08:14 PM   #6
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Is there a metal polish that does a good job? terry
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Old December 8, 2018, 10:27 PM   #7
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5906 is a third generation (discontinued now) double stack 9mm DA/SA pistol.
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Old December 9, 2018, 08:03 AM   #8
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You might take a look at Flitz Polish.
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Old December 11, 2018, 08:54 AM   #9
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5906 is a third generation (discontinued now) double stack 9mm DA/SA pistol.
.... made by Smith and Wesson and popular in the 1990's; all-stainless.
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Old December 11, 2018, 12:21 PM   #10
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Bead blasting will get you the same results as the original finish. Using Scotchbrite, Flitz, or other types of polishing agent will do just that - shine
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Old December 11, 2018, 05:18 PM   #11
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If it has the "sooty" look that bead blasted stainless guns get find someone with an ultrasonic cleaner, give that a go, . If you have shiny corners and scratches, have it bead blasted.
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Old December 12, 2018, 08:30 AM   #12
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If it has the "sooty" look that bead blasted stainless guns get find someone with an ultrasonic cleaner, give that a go, . If you have shiny corners and scratches, have it bead blasted.
The 659's had the brighter brushed stainless flats, which I much prefer over the bead-blasted finish - it's just a cleaner, sharper look.
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Old December 15, 2018, 11:48 AM   #13
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If you would like it to look like new, bead blast it. Brushed or polished flats look good IMHO, but the rounds,etc, still need to be bead blasted. Otherwise, using ScotchBrite pads, polishes, etc. will not create the professional looking finish most would prefer. I have a blast cabinet and have done several stainless guns, including a 5906. Some with brushed or polished slide/frame flats. The guns come out looking like new. Just using pads, polish, etc. does not produce the same result......ymmv
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Old December 16, 2018, 12:44 PM   #14
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Rock I will probably have it bead blasted, I have scene some pics. of this done, and look like new. terry
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Old December 16, 2018, 03:31 PM   #15
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Terry, I realize it's more hassle and expense to have it bead blasted, but you'll be much happier with the results IMHO.

FWIW, Be sure to make it clear to whoever is doing the work that you want a fine bead blast. I find that Brownells 270+ or Harbor freight #80 glass bead approximate the factory finish on S&Ws and other stainless pistols. With the Brownells 270+ beads producing the finer finish of the two. If the shop uses aluminum oxide or similar, the finish produced will be noticeably more coarse and darker gray looking. And when you get it back, field strip and examine to make sure no blasting media is left in any crooks or crannies of your pistol. I made the mistake of not checking after a nationally known gunsmithing and refinishing firm did some blast work during refinishing a pistol of mine years ago. One magazine fired, and the aluminum oxide they failed to remove from the recoil spring tunnel ground up the pistol internally more than many would probably believe......
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Old December 25, 2018, 06:50 PM   #16
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I would have it bead blasted. I had my 5906 bead blasted and it looks brand new.
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Old December 25, 2018, 09:54 PM   #17
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Since I refinish a lot of metal, why don't you just post some pictures of your gun? I can tell you exactly what to use.
The original finish is bead blasted top and brushed flats. I doubt there is any need to refinish the gun. Just post some good clear pictures of the problem area.
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