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Old 01-21-2009, 06:04 PM   #1
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Grip Frame Polishing?

Have any of you polished an aluminum BH grip frame? I would like to do my .45colt BH (think they look cool all shiny & silver looking). I've polished SS before, but it's a PITA & takes too long. I'm thinking the aluminum will be easier. Have dremel polishing kit & lots of other polishing crap around here. Just don't want to get into a big job right now. If it can be done in an evening (3-4 hrs) I'll do it.
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:39 PM   #2
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Semi-Chrome or Flitz are one of the best and slow down the tarnishing ..
scotch - brite 1st , 600 grit sandpaper and then buff .
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Bead blast it if you can and then use the dremel to polish it up. If you can't bead blast, soak it in blue remover for about 10 - 15 minutes and then polish it up. Should be a very easy job. I thought about doing my 45 BH, but will wait until the frame gets a little more wear on it.



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Old 01-22-2009, 06:31 AM   #4
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Re: Grip Frame Polishing?

Did a Single Six and it was alot more work than I figured. It was anodized rather than painted and while the flat surfaces were not too bad others like the inside of the trigger guard were more of a challange. Yea, a PITA but worth it.

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Did a Single Six and it was alot more work than I figured. It was anodized rather than painted and while the flat surfaces were not too bad others like the inside of the trigger guard were more of a challange. Yea, a PITA but worth it.
You're lucky it was anodized. It's a lot easier to get off than the powder coat.
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I didn't realize they were powder coated. That would be a major pain. It looks like regular old blueing.



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Old 01-23-2009, 08:26 AM   #7
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I didn't realize they were powder coated. That would be a major pain. It looks like regular old blueing.
Aluminum can not be blued.
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And now I know.



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This stuff works pretty good .

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.e ... mid=707229
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I tried it on my Single six but it's too thin to really fill in the chip. I'll leave it alone and just call it "character".

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Gun bluing is actually an oxidation process. This is why it does not work on stainless and why it does not give much protection from rust. It's main protective function is holding a thin layer of oil to protect the steel.

Aluminum is so highly reactive that freshly exposed aluminum reacts almost instantly with oxygen to produce an oxide coating that protects the aluminum underneath from exposure to the air. To get plain aluminum you must sand or cut it under a liquid that will protect the new surface from the air. Anodizing is just plating a layer of aluminum oxide on the surface to protect it. Aluminum oxide is the hard grit used in sandpaper, grinding wheels, and sharpening stones. Silicone carbide is used to grind things like carbide.
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:50 PM   #12
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Re: Grip Frame Polishing?

I called Ruger today & ordered a stainless grip frame for it. The lady I talked to said it comes unfinished (in the white was the term she used). So now I'm wondering how much work it's gonna be.

I'm hoping I can just hit it with a scotch brite pad or some 0000 steel wool.
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"In the white" just means no plating, bluing, or coating. It does not mean unpolished or rough. You might be pleased, though you might still want to polish it up..
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Machinist is right. You might want to polish it a bit, but it won't look too bad.



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I believe that you will have to do some fitting before you polish it. It should come a wee bit oversized from what I have been lead to believe.
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Good point Danny. They usually are over sized.



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You also may need something with a little more ass behind it than a Dremel tool, if it does indeed require buffing. A real buffing machine (just a motor with a whell on the shaft) will do wonders.
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You also may need something with a little more ass behind it than a Dremel tool, if it does indeed require buffing. A real buffing machine (just a motor with a whell on the shaft) will do wonders.
Yea, I got a grinder that I can put a buffing wheel on.
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:44 AM   #19
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You know speaking of this, or reading about it, when Bluing parts, a lot of times people think they don't have a very good bluing job but a lot depends on how much the part was polished before it was blued. The better the metal gets polished, the better the bluing job will not only look, but last.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:34 AM   #20
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Re: Grip Frame Polishing?

Right on Drummer, and also how clean it is. You should make sure there is no oil or fingerprints on the item to be blued and a special cleaner is supplied with some bluing kits.
Deadeye - if I may ask- what price for the SS gripframe now? And did you get the ERH with it too?
Thinking of doing this on the NTM Blackhawk.
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