Polished blued slide?

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    Polished blued slide?

    Is it possible to polish a blued slide/parts? Specifically, my XDsc has an older slide with a melonite finish which Springfield told me was basically a blued treatment. I have an itch to modify somehow but am limited by my own cheapness. I do have meatl working experience, just wondered if anyone has ever done it or heard of it being done. Thank and God bless, HOLYROLLER.

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    Not sure re the XD - but seeing as bluing is a very thin layer, it does not take much to remove it.

    I would draw a distinction between polishing, which might involve fine abrasive content such as jeweller's rouge and ........ buffing, which can be done with a fast rotating mop - where the only effect is from friction and some heat, giving usually a higher gloss and minimal removal effect if done with care.

    Deep luster blue like Smith revo's used to have is from a hot cynaide bath process IIRC and is pretty durable but - it is in effect only a form of rust!. The XD process may involve different chemistry but possibly still be only a very thin layer.

    Not sure how yours would respond to working on. Of course you could go back to bright metal and apply one of the Brownell's finish options - forget name of popular one but it is finally baked on I seem to recall.
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    Colt used to polish all of the pythons they made, even those destined to be blued. I think what you're asking is like asking a body shop to make your paint look better by doing prep work after the fact. You will need to re-apply your finish after polishing, and that's not really something I would want to consider on a budget.

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