Most of you probably know about the finish problem some of the Smith and Wesson Chief's Specials series, namely the 637, 638, and my personal choice the 642 all have.
Basically the short version is that apparently the frame and the cylinder are actually 2 different colors and the factory spray paints them to match. The finish is awful and wears off in a hurry.
Now in anticipation of actually taking the class this Saturday and getting my permit here sooner or later, I've been firing this gun as often as possible and I plan to work with it some more.
That is to say I've cleaned it a lot, which means most of this finish is gone. This is fine by me because I think the gun actually looks better with the spray paint gone and I couldn't care less if it's two different colors. It's going to have some "battle scars" anyway after I've carried it for 6 months.
Is there a way to hasten this process and just strip the finish off entirely? I use Gun Scrubber, and that seems to make the finish come off a little more. Or should I just wait a couple months and let it happen naturally? I think once it all flakes off the gun will look better than it did with the spray on finish applied.
I've checked and this problem does not in any way affect how the gun functions. If I ever want to I can send it back to Smith and Wesson and they'll redo the finish at no charge. But I'd rather just have my gun so I can be using it since I think it looks fine without the sprayed on finish.
The only thing I'm even remotely concerned about is that the finish is basically entirely gone on the right side of the gun where the engraved logo is, and that part of the frame is now as rough as sandpaper to the touch. Of course I don't even feel that unless I'm cleaning it so it doesn't really matter, but is that a problem easily solved or no?