Need some retouching help...M&P 340

Need some retouching help...M&P 340

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    Need some retouching help...M&P 340

    Is there any touchup paint that can fix this? I have a M&P 340 .357 less than a month old, and it has fallen on the ground and gotten itself a bit of a booboo...scratch..please see pics. Typical concrete scratch, it pee'd me off something fierce, but what can I do? Does anyone know if such a touchup paint exists? I just don't want it to start rusting. Or do I need to take it to a gunsmith? Please advise.. Thanks in advance.


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    You should try nail polish with a clear coat over it. Not only do they make a bazillion different colors so you are sure to find a match, but it's pretty tough stuff with a clear enamel over it. Another option to try is a sharpie marker I suppose. Personally, I would try either nail polish or automotive touch-up paint found at the auto parts store.
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    Doesn't look too bad to me. I would just consider it a bit of added character.

    I believe some black nail polish or perhaps some re-blue would hide the damage pretty well.

    The bigger question is, how did a brand new gun fall to the ground?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
    Doesn't look too bad to me. I would just consider it a bit of added character.

    I believe some black nail polish or perhaps some re-blue would hide the damage pretty well.

    The bigger question is, how did a brand new gun fall to the ground?
    Yeah, good question, I pocket carry this badboy, and keep it very close at all times, so I was in the pool, it was wrapped in my towel very close to the pool, when I got out, totally forgot it was in the towel,a nd flopped to the ground. I almost cried...but yes, we learn and we REMEMBER...LOL.
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    That is a tough sort of repair regarding just doing a touch-up.
    It's easy if you're doing a complete refinish.

    I think Brownell's sells an Aluminum Black which will chemically blacken Aluminum. I do not know if it would work on Scandium.

    I would call Brownell's and ask to talk to one of their technical people.

    If you find something that will oxidize Scandium to a Matte Black then you could actually carefully sand that area smooth and chemically blacken it.
    It's always going to look like a touch-up unless you remove the damage and get the surface back to original smoothness.

    You also could probably send it off to S&W for a factory refinish if it really bothers you.
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    Just consider the first one out of the way and move on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Just consider the first one out of the way and move on.
    The first scratch on a gun is the one that's the worse,it might be so minute nobody else sees it but everytime you look at the gun and it can be 50 feet away you see the scratch,I had a browning shotgun got knocked over at the sporting clay range by some kids running around and got a scratch on the VR I was like heart broke then some guy said well ya got the first one out of the way and I thought something I can't post here or it will cost me another 2 points,but I quit thinking about it til now thanks guys I won't be able to look at my gun without crying for another 5 years all that therapy wasted
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Just consider the first one out of the way and move on.

    Yeah, it adds character, and also gives me a story to tell if someone ever notices the sharpie..Hahahaha...Thanks guys for all the support. I will take my new badge and wear it proudly with a smirk on my face. Lesson learned, now the rest won't hurt so much...
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    It would appear that you have been given a very good reason to purchase a brand new shiny 340, and use the current battle worn one for EDC.

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    The black on the edge would have worn off anyway.
    Happened to me in my pocket after a year,
    where the edge comes in contact with the fabric,
    where it sticks out of the pocket holster,
    where the top of the side plate meets the top strap.
    I sent it back to Smith and they refinished it.
    Same thing happened in the same spot in 6 months.
    I sent it back and they replaced the gun.
    Same thing happened 6 months later.
    What I save in weight from my 442 to the 340 PD
    makes it able for me to live with it.
    I bought some Birchwood Casey stuff at the gun shop,
    but it wears off pretty quick. Sometimes, I just use a black Sharpie.
    That rubs off pretty quick too.
    I have resigned my self that this is a pocket gun.
    Although, I never had this issue with my pre lock nickel 442
    or my old blue Model 38. I wonder if those with black 442's
    experience this or if it's just a Scandium gun thing.
    Yet, for what they cost, you'd think Smith
    would be able to make the finish better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondo View Post
    It would appear that you have been given a very good reason to purchase a brand new shiny 340, and use the current battle worn one for EDC.
    Precisely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondo View Post
    It would appear that you have been given a very good reason to purchase a brand new shiny 340, and use the current battle worn one for EDC.
    Oh, it is one of my two everyday carry guns..I also carry a G23 IWB Strong side, and this beauty in my front left pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
    Doesn't look too bad to me. I would just consider it a bit of added character.

    The bigger question is, how did a brand new gun fall to the ground?
    +1 on character. At least it didn't go off during the drop test. Right?
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    I have them done by Accurate Plating and Weaponry Inc.

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