Barrel polishing

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by jakedrennan45, May 31, 2012.

  1. jakedrennan45

    jakedrennan45 New Member

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    Hi guys I was just wondering if any of you had some tips on barrel polishing. I recently removed the black finish from both of my barrels and have them all shiny now but I have been to home depot, Walmart, ace hardware, and every local hardware store looking for wet dry sandpaper that is higher than 1500 grit and nobody sells any. I think 2500 might get the job done perfect but I don't want any lines showing when the light reflects off it. Thought maybe my headlight buffer would do it. It's pretty soft and attaches to a drill. Curious what you guys do? Thanks
     
  2. no no no no.

    No power tools, no chemicals, no sand paper. polish and rag, thats it.
     

  3. My customers get this for $25. No tools, no chemicals, no sand paper. Pure polishing skill, done the right way. Even with a lousy camera you can tell this thing is a mirror.
     

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  4. jakedrennan45

    jakedrennan45 New Member

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    That looks really good I've got mine down to a mirror finish but just need something a little finer to finish it up. It's only when light reflects directly off it that you can see subtle sand marks so I think I need to buff it or something. I'm just getting a little burnt out with this project , I have at least 15 hours of sanding in to it and want to be done. Had no idea this was going to be so much work the ppl on YouTube made it sound like nothing lol
     
  5. The sanding is exactly why you are still going. I get them perfect with just the rag and polish in 4-6 hours. Now that you have used sand paper it is difficult to get the lines out. The only way is the rag and polish no buffer or dremel in the world will work them out. It takes the intimate pressure and working you get by hand to accomplish that.

    If you find you can't take it anymore you can always send it to me.
     
  6. jakedrennan45

    jakedrennan45 New Member

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    Cool thanks for the info. I've got some polishing cloths I will get to work with. If I had known at first what the time involved would be I definitely would have sent it to you but I'm so far in now I just want to finish it myself.
     
  7. There is a lot of people out there who do incredibly horrible or sub par "polishing" and then they regurgitate their ignorance on YouTube and forums and it leads to things like this where you are working way harder then you should need too. It makes me mental lol.

    Hopefully your lines are straight and not circular, ie you didn't go in circles with the sandpaper. when you rub the polish in use just a little bit. Less is more with polish. Rub it good and only go the same direction as the sanding lines. Just go back and forth in the same motion you did with the sand paper. Ignore thinking about when you need to clean it off and add new polish. Just go until the barrel shines through like it is clean, then wipe it off and add a bit more polish and do it again.

    If you follow the lines it will make it much easier. When they are just about faded out or to the point you think it won't get better, go straight still but rotate the barrel so you are now polishing across the lines and not with them. Keep at it for a while until you see considerable progress. At the point of progress grab a new, fresh rag and begin polishing in a circular motion, using less pressure than before. You will do this until the barrel is where you want it to be. Then finish it up going straight again and call it a day ;)
     
  8. jakedrennan45

    jakedrennan45 New Member

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    Awesome thank you very much for all the directions. I'm working on it now I'll post some pics when it's done
     
  9. Best of luck! You will get there it really just comes down to a good playlist or tv show and some patience. Me I listen to Howard Stern and Guntalk
     
  10. jakedrennan45

    jakedrennan45 New Member

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    For sure it's coming along. I've gotten thru like 30 episodes of prison break in only 3 days while doing this lol thanks again for all the advice it's making a world of difference. I should have these barrels just where I want them by tmrw
     
  11. Please excuse me for being a novice on this, but other than cosmetics and looking cool, what benefit is it to have a polished barrel?
     
  12. Good to hear!

    It's simply cosmetic. I suppose some could argue that since they allow the barrel and slide to operate more smoothly when they contact that it somehow affects performance but that would be one massive stretch.
     
  13. Thanks nukin for clearing that up for me! I actually like the black coating on my barrel. I had a polished one on my SR9, but really didn't like it. I like it plain and simple! Thanks again!
     
  14. I used fine grade 0000 steel wool and mothers mag polish worked great!
     
  15. kodiak

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    Not advocating any method described above, but as an FYI on grit above 1500....you need to go to an autoparts store. Autozone carries up to a 3000 grit, that is more like a padded cloth.
     
  16. trigger252

    trigger252 New Member

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    I hope mine is that shiney lol
     
  17. WhoNeedsMetalGuns

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    Hey NUKIN can you give a step by step what you do so we would not mess up or scratch our barrels, and the products that you use ! Think a lot of people would be grateful .
     
  18. Caseyglock19

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    ^^^^ do you ask the colonel how he makes his chicken?
     
  19. Use only a rag and polish, use mothers or flitz.

    As for all the stuff I do, sorry
     
  20. WhoNeedsMetalGuns

    WhoNeedsMetalGuns New Member

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    Its cool ! Gotta get paid right !