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    Can I polish my 637-2 airweight to a shiny finish?


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    is it stainless???? if it is yes you can, if we get out shooting I show you how, dont buy any polishing stuff I have all of it already
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    no its aluminum i believe.

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    it can still be polished
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    It takes time, patience and the right tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purple88yj View Post
    It takes time, patience and the right tools.
    D-R-E-M-E-L ----the easy way to polish it to a high glossy shine
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    Just call me a pessimistic optimist !

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    i dont know that i want to try it with a dremel.
    i think i would be better off to do it by hand if possible.
    what tools will i need?

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    bench grinder set up with cotton wheel you can buy at home depot. it works wonders and is easier to control than a dremel
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    #1 do i use the flitz or mothers mag paste?
    #2 do i put the compound on the gun or the cotton wheel?

    I was wanting to just do the frame and leave the cyllinder and barrel alone.what do you think?

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    Start slow with Mothers rub it on the part and slowly apply pressure to the wheel when you get close to the desired brightness switch to Flitz and finish. Jewelers rouge works well also. Do not be alarmed when you see the paste / finish turning sorta black that means it's working, my suggestion is to get a small piece of Aluminum and practice on it first then progress to your gun. If you need more info PM me and I'll shoot you my home number, my cells off till Tues. because work doesnt know when to quit calling me.
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    thanks a bunch!!
    if i have questions i will contact you.

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    Be careful with that wheel as it will quickly round over a sharp or square edge if you don't know what you're doing. Better practice A LOT on some scraps first. If that buff is turning fast enough it will grab things right out of your hands to! WEAR EYE PROTECTION!
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    Arent't there any gunsmiths in Michigan? IMO, a job like this should be done by a professional, with the proper tools.

    The Smith & Wesson Custom Shop could also do this work, I'm sure.


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    if it was anything other than a polish job than it would go to a gunsmith.yes there is gunsmiths in michigan.
    but i would like the satisfaction of doing it myself.
    and why would i pay the s&w custom shop to do something this minor?
    shipping alone would not be worth it.

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    If it's an Air Weight & Aluminum and it's (black or silver) anodized then no - you cannot properly polish it at home unless you get the anodizing stripped off first.

    That is because the surface anodizing is is tougher than the underlying base metal Aluminum.

    You actually don't want to polish it down to the bare Aluminum anyway because it will oxidize and the surface finish will be quite soft and it will mar and scratch easily.

    The correct way to do it would be to have a pro do it.
    They will strip off the existing anodizing and then plating is your best option - Bright Electro-less Nickel Plating would be your best bet for a super bright, durable and no peel finish.
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